I have been providing therapy for residents of the Portland/Vancouver area since 2008. I graduated from Seattle University's Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology in 2005. I am trained in the Existential-Phenomenological tradition which emphasizes the importance of the meaning that each person makes in life and that the path that one takes can only be understood in the context of their unique life experience. Before settling here, I spent 2 years in London and part of that time was spent working as a volunteer counselor for individuals without insurance.
I enjoy helping others see their symptoms, not as a nuisance, but as an opportunity for growth and aiding their search for understanding. Often times just being curious and having a place to talk things out results, in not just feeling better, but a sense of renewal and invigoration.
As your counselor, I believe I have a lot to offer you, the most important thing being my belief in the power of the therapeutic process. Also, I find it rewarding and energizing to sit with people and their struggles and am humbled by the opportunity to witness bravery and healing on a daily basis.
I take a client-centered approach which means that I will not operate as a detached observer but as an active participant in your therapy. The foundation of this work is the relationship between you and I and the dynamics that manifest during our sessions. I often use the immediacy of the therapeutic relationship with the goal of increasing awareness and discovering previously hidden processes and beliefs that undermine well-being. Trust and honesty are of the utmost importance. As a client, I depend on you to share your feelings with me in order to get the most out of this endeavor. More often than not, the dynamics in therapy reflect those in everyday life, therapy can be a great opportunity to examine the factors that contribute to the issues that brought you to therapy.