Hi. I highly value relationships and the powerful impact they can have in our lives including the client-therapist relationship.
Psychologist in Portland, OR
Grief and loss show up in many forms including but not limited to life transitions, identity changes, job shifts, aging, injuries and illnesses, divorces and breakups, estrangements and death of loved ones both expected and unexpected (including suicide). These losses can bring up a range of complex feelings. In addition to the struggle with of the loss itself, loss can have an impact on other areas of life as well. I help guide people through their grief and find ways to live with what has happened and build their lives to be more of what they want for the present and future.
Who we are as adults including our strengths and struggles are highly influenced by the primary people in our lives growing up: parents, caregivers, siblings and others who may have been significant in some way. Both the presence and absence of these people leave imprints that we carry with us knowingly and unknowingly throughout our lives. Attachment is relevant for all therapy issues because it informs aspects of why individuals think and act the way they do. I incorporate exploration of attachment to help people gain insights, decrease their struggles, and improve their lives.
Over the course of my work as a psychologist, I have worked with many individuals struggling with various forms of anxiety. Anxiety can be extremely distressing physically, emotionally, and mentally. At it's worst, it can be painful and debilitating. I help people increase their awareness of how their anxiety has come about, what is maintaining it, and how it is affecting all aspects of their lives from their own body and mind to their personal and professional lives. Heightening these awarenesses along with other therapeutic interventions have lead to decreased anxiety, increased coping skills, and invaluable growth for my patients.