I am seeing clients in person and via video in Portland, Oregon, and via video in Washington State. Currently accepting couples/relationship
Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Portland, OR
I have many years experience and many hours training working with youth, especially youth with anxiety, depression and who are on the autism spectrum.
I prefer "relationship therapy" and I am specially trained in supporting people with non-typical relationship styles such as polyamory and ethical non-monogamy. I am attachment-centered and help people understand how their first relationships with their family of origin deeply impacts the ways we relate with the important people in our lives as adults.
The core of my practice is in supporting people as they connect the way their thinking drives they way they feel, and the choices they make based on those feelings. I enjoy empowering people to challenge unhelpful or harmful patterns of thinking, and replacing with thinking that reflects a more optimistic, joyful approach to the future.
I deeply enjoy helping people investigate issues such as personal identity, freedom and responsibility and how they intersect in our lives. The world is a confusing, frustrating place often lately and exploring the ways to make personal sense of meaning of it can be incredibly healing.
PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy) t quickly gets to the heart of what's happening with conflict and tension in your relationship. PACT works by cutting out a lot of the confusing talking and arguing about who's right and how to fix a given problem. PACT assumes you are the expert on your partner, and the therapist helps to decode what happens during moments of conflict, so you can better guess your partners concerns, needs and wants as well as what would help sooth best.