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.
I have worked in a variety of settings, including homeless and domestic violence shelters, mobile crisis teams, hospital emergency departments and psychiatric inpatient units as well as residential and outpatient mental health agencies.
I have completed clinically-based internships through the Portland Women’s Crisis Line and the Domestic Violence Resource Center in Washington County. For several 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. 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.
I have specialized training and experience not only in working with issues pertaining to domestic violence, 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 multicultural, gender, religious/spiritual, socioeconomic and cultural differences. Currently, I am studying somatic, experiential and mindfulness-based therapies, such as Hakomi and Primary Attachment Therapy at the META (Mindful Experiential Therapy Approaches).
I am a professional member of both the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Oregon Counseling Association (ORCA).
I welcome any questions you may have regarding my background, 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