I am nonjudgmental, accepting, and genuinely care. I will listen and join with you as you learn to know yourself and find your own strength.
Mental Health Practitioner in Lake Oswego, OR
Supervised by Meghan Kelley, Psy.D.
This is my home base. I work from (mostly) modern theories drawn originally from Freud. (Yes - THAT Freud.) How this plays out is that we’ll talk a lot about what is happening inside of you (your dynamics), especially your feelings, and working on inner changes. We’ll look at your relationships with others, including your relationship with me. We will talk about your caregivers in early life and how that influences who you are today. Goals include a fuller life, resilience, and self-acceptance.
My work with couples has ranged from those who are mostly getting along but want to enhance their relationship to people who are often in conflict and trying to figure out how/if to stay together. I draw theory from sources similar to Focused Therapy, thinking about the role of the partners' attachment styles and focusing on emotional responses. In couples work, the relationship is the patient. I stress validation of each person's experience. Polyamory, open relationships, and kink are welcome.
I have used ACT in therapy for years for individuals and in groups. I’ve found ACT to be an excellent way to develop practices that help us cope with difficult emotions and unhelpful thoughts. Sometimes, we can successfully convince our minds to stop thinking particular thoughts, and that’s wonderful. But there are times when we can’t, and that’s where ACT can be really helpful in allowing us to make room for thoughts and feelings that just won’t go away.
While working at the San Diego LGBT Center, exploring gender identity was a primary focus of therapy for many or, at least, something that came up regularly in sessions. I have worked with people in transition, people who were certain of their gender identity, and people who were trying to "figure it out." I am comfortable with - and welcome - curiosity, questioning, and ambiguity. My academic studies have also focused heavily on gender and it's relation to other factors.
Individuals under the "LGBTQ umbrella" are among my more frequent clients. I had the great privilege of working at the San Diego LGBT Center for 2 years, where I provided therapy services for couples, gay men and women, gender non-binary individuals, people diagnosed with HIV, process groups, and individuals exploring their gender identities. I am sex-positive. I'm passionate about my work with LGBTQ populations. I identify as a cisgender straight ally who is somewhat gender non-conforming.
I have worked with many individuals experiencing depression, both short-term/recent and long-term, often lifelong. I help them to discover ways of coping, to explore the origins of their depression (which can help normalize and explain their experience), and uncover their inner strengths to remind them of how resilient they actually are.