We thrive when we experience healthy connection, and I provide therapy focused on re-establishing connection in all domains of your life.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR
I integrate the importance of mindfulness and skills-development into the weekly therapy practice to address issues of emotion regulation. This is not full-fidelity DBT, but rather an integration of DBT components into an interpersonal style. If you are seeking full-fidelity DBT services, please refer to http://www.dbt-lbc.org/ for a directory of DBT therapists.
Emotions are often assigned a negative reputation, but they hold innate power to help us change and grow. I work with individuals to help them identify and better understand their emotional patterns and how they came to experience their emotions in this way. We also can address ways to better regulate emotions as well as identify the patterns which serve as barriers to connection.
Family Systems forms the foundation of my therapeutic approach. Family Systems is relevant even if you are attending therapy as an individual, because it means I am considering how the systems in which you developed have impacted your present functioning.
Many women experience shifts in mood during and after pregnancy. Our work together will focus on normalizing what is happening, and support you in developing practical skills for taking care of yourself during this important season.
As a practitioner, I am comfortable working with you within your spiritual framework. Therapy is also a space for anyone who has suffered harm from their experiences in religion, has questioned their faith, or has experienced the disorienting experience of leaving your faith community. This is challenging and important work, and I am comfortable sitting with you in that discomfort.
Grief and loss is, at it's core, a loss of connection. My work in this area focuses on creating an environment where you can mourn your loss, identify where connection has been ruptured, and begin to imagine what life will be like moving forward.