We carry so much from our lived experiences. At times, we may have felt overwhelmed, or had to adapt to meet the needs of situations outside of our control. In doing so, we may have learned not to attune to our deepest selves. Our nervous systems hold onto and are formed by our experiences. While some trauma may be more obvious, attachment wounding can be harder to pinpoint--showing up in our bodies, minds, relationships, expectations for the world, and as a sort of anxiety. Whether or not we identify our experiences as traumatic, we all carry wounding. Yet while we can all be impacted in ways that are harmful, we are constantly growing as a result of our lived experiences and capable of immeasurable change and adaptation.
As a therapist and person, I am inspired by this innate process in each of us that seeks to understand and transform ourselves--that seeks wholeness and vitality. I love to walk with people on each of their own unique journeys. Therapy is not a one-size-fits-all, and I am passionate about connecting with others to facilitate a supportive container and therapeutic connection. While I specialize in working with individuals and partners around relational trauma and attachment wounding, I love working with those seeking greater meaning, personal growth, and those who want support in defining their own path with relationship and sexuality.
Starting therapy with a new therapist can feel vulnerable, and may bring deeper wounds to the forefront. I will do my best to honor the courage it takes to engage in these ways. Before anything, I am oriented around relationship. I practice from an Existential-Humanistic orientation in which I view building a genuine, collaborative therapeutic relationship as the most essential groundwork of therapy. I am also trained in utilizing somatic (body-centered) practices to support my clients in deepening their relationship to their own process, helping to connect more fully to one’s body and emotions, which hold so much information about what we may want from our lives. I feel strongly about the power of looking inward and deepening our connection to ourselves as a means to more actively and intentionally engage with our lives.
- Complex trauma
- Self relationship and voice
- Altered states of consciousness
- Somatic awareness
- Relationship concerns
- Open/polyamorous relationships
- Kink affirming
- LGBTQ+ affirming
I hold a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's in Mental Health Counseling from Lewis & Clark College. I worked with Philip Zimbardo on curriculum for promoting a Growth Mindset and principles of Positive Psychology. I completed my internship at the Mindful Experiential Therapy Counseling Center (M.E.T.A.), where I received training in the Hakomi Method and Body-Centered awareness. I currently serve on the board of Existential Humanistic NW, where I curate the blog. I became a therapist because I am inspired by the way we humans make meaning of and transform our experiences. I too have benefited from the non-judgmental and embracing space of a good therapeutic relationship in which to explore my own being, and I feel passionate about holding this space for my clients. Because I believe therapy has so much to do with cultivating a genuine connection, I encourage you to trust your intuition. If you think we might be a good fit, feel free to reach out for a free consultation!
As a Professional Counselor Associate in the State of Oregon, I practice under the supervision of Bob Edelstein, LMFT, MFT.
My fee structure works as follows:
- 30 min initial consultation: Free of charge
- 50 min adult individual session: $110
- 50 min adolescent individual session: $135
- 60 min couples/partners session: $130
I offer a limited number of spaces with a sliding scale based on financial need.
I currently accept cash, check, and debit/credit card. Payment is due at the end of each session. In the event you need to cancel your appointment, a 24-business-hour (1 business day) notice is required to avoid being charged for the session.
I do not accept insurance; however, we are set up to take FSA/HSA cards.