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, and I have been practicing as a therapist 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 specialized training and experience in issues pertaining to women, PTSD and trauma recovery as well as working with those that have experienced child abuse and intimate partner violence. 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 and have also provided expert court testimonies.