I'm a bilingual, couple and family therapist who focuses on helping people with relationships, addiction, trauma, and attachment issues.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR
Learning to train our minds to develop awareness, insight, concentration and equanimity can have profound impacts on our life. From helping with symptoms of anxiety and depression to supporting trauma healing, mindfulness is a foundational tool in the work I facilitate with clients. This does not mean you have to develop a meditation practice, but if that is interesting to you we can do that too.
ACT helps us learn what is important to you by clarifying your values. We use your values to take committed action that helps you experience more satisfaction in life. We get acquainted with your ways coping and the impact these have on your life without judgment. In this process you develop the psychological flexibility that will help you become more resilient and confident in you life.
Sensorimotor Therapy is body-based talk therapy, integrating current findings from neuroscience to transform traumatic memories into strengths and resources for you. It works with developmental trauma, such as overly critical parents, as well as acute trauma like abuse, violence, or serious physical injury. With a big focus on mindfulness, appropriate pacing, and trusting the wisdom of your body.
I am familiar with 12-step, recovery dharma, refuge recovery, wellbriety, recovery 2.0, and SMART recovery models and practices. I use therapeutic supports in tandem with community supports to develop an individually tailored recovery plan that can create a strong foundation toward a sustainable recovery. We will also explore potential process addictions (addiction is sneaky) and address trauma.
I am trained as a Marriage Therapist and use a combination of EFCT, Gottman Method, and Sensorimotor Therapy to support couples in healing attachment injuries to developed a more attuned and satisfying relationship. Together we learn how to navigate conflict in a way that is productive rather than sweeping things under the rug. My goal is to help couples turn toward each other and develop trust.
I have worked with people dealing with gambling addiction since 2013. Most recently supervising an outpatient and residential treatment program for people navigating recovery from PG. Gambling disorder is different from other addictions, and it's these differences that are important to your treatment if you want it to be successful. We will explore issues like: money, dreamworld, shame, stigma.