I believe we each move through life with our own versions of being wounded. Our wounds can cause a myriad of effects on us, both in our pasts and the present moment. They can influence our relationships to ourselves and to others, our relationship with our bodies, our sense of safety, our ability to be present or feel joy, our ability to connect, or our ability to find hope or meaning. They may limit the options that we feel are available to us in life. Despite all of this, I truly believe healing is possible and that along with our pain, we also carry an infinite supply of resilience, strength, courage, and the potential to move towards growth and change. Therapy can be a space to start or continue that healing process, and the great news is that you don’t have to be alone as you heal.
Since our wounds are often formed in relationships with others, I believe that healing often occurs relationally as well. I strive to build therapeutic relationships from a foundation of collaboration, emotional safety, empathy, and authenticity. My approach is primarily rooted in Existential-Humanist therapy, Gestalt therapy, and Somatic therapy. That means that sessions with me often involve exploration of meaning, building awareness about what’s occurring emotionally in the present moment and how that may relate to the past, and connecting with your felt sense of emotions in the body.
I work with individuals and partners from all different backgrounds on a variety of issues. I am especially drawn to working with clients who have experienced trauma, shame and self-worth issues, and existential or spiritual crises. I also have a specialized interest in non-ordinary states of consciousness, and working with clients on integrating these experiences into daily life. My goal as a therapist is to help my clients engage with their emotions, build self-awareness and self-compassion, and develop a greater sense of meaning, choice, connection, and authenticity to their lives.
I hold a Master’s degree in Professional Mental Health Counseling from Lewis & Clark College. Prior to obtaining my Master’s degree, I worked in inpatient residential mental health facilities for six years providing support for at-risk youth and adults with schizophrenia. As a Professional Counselor Associate in the state of Oregon, I practice under the supervision of Peter Addy, PhD, LPC, LMHC.
I charge the following fees for my services:
- 30 min. initial consultation: Free of charge
- 50 min. individual session: $120
- 50 min. partners session: $135
I offer a limited number of sliding-scale spaces 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-hour 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.