I believe that we all long to be seen, heard, and known. I believe every human shares the core desires to be known and to belong.
Professional Counselor Associate in Oregon City, OR
Supervised by Kelle DeBruin / T1828
We currently live in a culture that is adverse to feelings of grief and loss, as evidenced by the many "quick fixes" none of which actually work. Loosing something or someone can be extremely difficult and painful and we have to learn how move through grief by feeling it and learning how to carry it within us in a way that can be transformative. When we loose someone or something important to us even though they or it may be gone, it is still a part of who we are.
We all view the world through a certain lens. How we were raised in our family of origin affects how we view ourselves and others around us. It affects how we show up in the world and we interrupt our world. When we are aware of how the environment we grew up in affects us we can learn to grow from the ways we are living that are harmful to us or that are detrimental to our growth and fulfillment.
How we show up in relationships can be greatly impacted by how we were treated and cared for as young children. Attachment theory teaches that how we participate in relationships, both romantic and platonic, is affected by how we were treated as children. I help clients learn how to be in relationships that are both healthy and honoring to who they are. As humans, we are created to be in deep and meaningful relationships and I can help clients have them.
I have sat with many clients and helped them process how their beliefs, specifically in Christianity, may have harmed their ability to live fully as themselves. I help clients learn to see themselves as worthy of being fully loved and known as they are. I am comfortable working with clients that feel that they need to leave their faith, as well as clients that are deconstructing and then rebuilding their faith into something that is honoring to who they are.