Each of us has a particular set of strengths we can bring to the challenges we encounter in our lives. I will work collaboratively with you to help you access your strengths, apply them in effective ways, and practice new skills to bring you closer to your goals. Together we can also explore difficult issues that might still resonate from the past and help you to process those experiences and find greater clarity, a stronger sense of self, and an ongoing belief in possibility.
Because I believe that therapy is most productive when the approach is carefully shaped to match a client’s individual traits and needs, I draw upon a variety of methods, including mindfulness, cognitive behavioral, and psychodynamic techniques. Clients explore how their thinking is influencing their behavior and how they can reduce depression and anxiety by shifting attention and reshaping thought patterns. Also, they draw connections between their past and their present and gain fresh insight and energy for moving forward with their lives.
This approach can be helpful to someone who wants to reduce depression or anxiety that seems to linger too long or be out of proportion following a recent life event. It can support a parent or caregiver who might be finding it difficult to fulfill their role because of the impacts of past family experiences. It can help to open up new vistas for someone who is seeking to deepen his or her life experience but feels anxious about change. These are just a few examples of situations in which a multifaceted approach to counseling can help.
As a practitioner, I have worked in community mental health agencies where I’ve successfully treated adult clients of diverse ages, backgrounds, and orientations seeking help for anxiety, depression, trauma history, and difficult early attachment experiences, as well as relationship issues and bereavement. I have a master’s degree in counseling from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and worked extensively with both individuals and groups in Santa Fe before moving to Portland, OR, where I’m in private practice.
My postgraduate training has included further study in professional ethics, cognitive behavioral techniques, motivational interviewing, trauma treatment, bereavement, and clinical applications of attachment theory. I also hold a master’s degree in creative writing and a doctorate in English from the City University of New York and have taught writing and literature for many years.
My fee is $60, with the possibility of a sliding-scale fee in case of financial need. Please feel free to call me at 971-371-8555 with any questions you may have or to arrange an introductory session.