I grew up amidst the pine trees and perennial sunshine of Spokane, Washington. I have spent a lifetime exploring the various landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, a region that I hold great affinity towards. In 1997, I moved to Portland to complete my Bachelor’s Degree and have happily made it my home ever since.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Oregon. I have been actively involved in the behavioral health field for over 20 years, within various capacities. I have been practicing as a psychotherapist since 2008.
I hold a Master of Arts in Art Therapy/Counseling from Marylhurst University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Post-Baccalaureate in Women’s Studies from Portland State University. Major areas of study include development across the human life span, ethics, clinical assessment and treatment, the counseling process and uses of art in the therapeutic process as well as feminist theory, and the intersectional analysis of race, gender, class, culture, disability, power and systems of privilege.
I have worked in a variety of settings, including homeless and domestic violence shelters, programs for at-risk youth, mobile crisis teams, hospital emergency departments and psychiatric inpatient units as well as residential and outpatient mental health & addiction agencies.
I have completed clinical-based internships through Call to Safety- formerly known as the Portland Women’s Crisis Line and the Domestic Violence Resource Center in Washington County. For a number of years, I provided individual counseling and art therapy-based groups to those seeking assistance at the Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services through the City of Portland, while being an active professional member of the Tri-County Domestic & Sexual Violence Intervention Network and the Multnomah County Family Violence Coordinating Council. During this time, I was also actively involved in a program called New Options for Women (NOW), offering clinical support and counseling for those escaping sex trafficking and prostitution. I have given talks and have led a number of workshops regarding the topic of domestic violence to various community and governmental agencies. I have also provided expert testimony in a number of domestic violence court cases in Multnomah County.
I have specialized training and experience not only in working with issues pertaining to domestic violence and violence against women, but also spirituality, addiction, mood disorders, anxiety, attachment and trauma recovery.
I take part in ongoing post-masters education and intensive training around evidenced-based therapeutic practices, mindfulness and mind/body modalities, and I continue to expand my awareness for gender, religious/spiritual, socioeconomic and cultural differences. Currently, I am studying somatic, experiential and mindfulness-based therapies, such as Hakomi and Primary Attachment Therapy.
In addition, I am a professional member of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Oregon Counseling Association (ORCA).
I welcome any questions you may have regarding my background, clinical experience and training.
“This is what the things can teach us: to fall, patiently to trust our heaviness. Even a bird has to do that before he can fly.” –Rainer Maria Rilke