I believe that change can happen at any phase in life, even when it feels impossible. Human beings are amazing and resilient creatures, but it is easy to forget that throughout the turbulence of life.
My goal as a therapist is to help regulate the pace of your healing and to be a guide as you re-learn to be your own healer. Therapy is truly a collaborative process and can only work if both parties show up ready to do the work. Together we will visit the spaces you may have been afraid to go to, look carefully at the past and learn how it may be affecting your present behaviors, and use the best tools to provide you with ways to cope and to heal.
Working with people one on one as they go through a deep and transformative process is my true passion. Nothing gives me greater joy than to watch someone overcome an internal battle they have been fighting for years. I believe that we are all capable of finding the strength to be the leader of our own lives.
Over the last decade I have had the privilege of working in many areas of practice. In that regard, you could call me a general practitioner when it comes to mental health. My experience comes from working with domestic abuse and sexual assault survivors in women’s shelters, running group therapy sessions with men struggling with heroin addiction in outpatient clinics, providing case management and therapy to people living with schizophrenia and bipolar diagnoses within a psychiatric hospital, and currently, working as a crisis therapist with those who are experiencing debilitating suicidal thinking. Working in this field has allowed me to bear witness to the deepest pain and conversely the most beautiful moments of healing and freedom from that pain.
Although my experience spans a broad range, I am most passionate about working with individuals impacted by trauma. Trauma can come in many forms. For some it can stem from childhood abuse, leaving a religion or changing spiritual paths, or even the daily journey of caring for a family member to severe mental illness or drug addiction.
My work all starts from a place of being “trauma informed.” Some of the tools I utilize in therapy are EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprogramming), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Psychodynamic practices in which we will explore how the past can continue to affect current behaviors. I also like to incorporate breath work into our practice as our breath is a powerful tool that we always carry with us.
I received my Master’s of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2014 and am a Clinical Social Work Associate in the state of Oregon working towards my full licensure of Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I work under the direct supervision of Laurie Pearson, LCSW.
My standard rate is $100/hour but I reserve several sliding scale spots for those experiencing financial hardship. Please feel free to contact me with any questions at 971- 245-2915 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I offer phone consultations at no charge to ensure that I am the right fit to work with you. I look forward to hearing from you.