“Let difficulty transform you. And it will. In my experience, we just need help in learning how not to run away.”

— Pema Chödrön

Counseling Services

How I Work

I work to support clients as they build self-awareness, increase resilience, and release behaviors that no longer serve them on their path to a more engaged and satisfying life.  I integrate a number of mindfulness and cognitive/behavioral techniques to help my clients gain a deeper understanding of themselves. I believe that the relationship we build is the most important part of our work together as it becomes the container (crucible) within which change is practiced in every session.

A core component of my work is around exploring habitual problematic patterns that keep my clients stuck. These patterns may be belief or thought based or they may show up as relational or coping behaviors. It is highly likely that these behaviors have been influenced by societal and cultural norms. We will work together to bring a deeper understanding of how you have come to be at this place in your life. We will look for the wisdom in your patterns and explore the suffering so that we can move you towards healing and change. YES! Sometimes this takes time.

Sessions are 55 minutes long and are conducted in person at my office in Portland, Oregon.

 
 
 

Our work together will be co-created and will arise based on your unique needs and goals. Below are some of the topics, theories, and interventions that inspire my work and come directly from my training.

My Work Can Be Described as:

  • Sex Positive

  • Compassionate

  • LGBTQ+ Affirming

  • Acceptance Focused

  • Inclusive

  • Change Oriented

  • Client Centered

  • Relational

  • Socially Conscious

  • Trauma-Informed

  • Mindful

  • Strengths-Based

Theories and Interventions I Use:

  • Attachment Theory

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Career Counseling

  • Contemplative Counseling

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

  • Existential Therapy

My Clients Come With Challenges Related To:

  • Feeling Stuck

  • Marginalized and or Intersecting Identities

  • Young Adulthood

  • Emotional Dysregulation

  • Challenges with School/Work

  • What will you bring?

  • Identity

  • Life Transitions

  • Grief/loss

  • Anxiety

  • Self-worth/Self-Esteem

  • Interpersonal/Relational Difficulty

  • Questioning Career/Purpose

I Work With:

  • Young Adults

  • Adults

  • Teens 17+

  • Undergraduate and Graduate Students

 

Potential Outcomes

Therapeutic outcomes are different for everyone because each person is at a unique point in their healing journey and because people want different things. We’ll talk early in our relationship about what you are hoping to get out of our time together. Goals set by previous clients have included:

  • New relational skills

  • Increased emotional intelligence

  • Increased ability to regulate emotions and nervous system upset

  • Increased ability to navigate difficult conversations

  • A new understanding of and ability to communicate: boundaries, wants, and needs

  • A better understanding of self and others

  • An increased ability to make decisions and carry through on commitments

  • An increased compassion for self and others

  • Increased resilience to difficulty and challenges

  • New mindfulness practices

  • New coping skills

  • Transform old patterns and problematic behaviors

  • Decreased irritability or mood swings

  • A newfound ability to sense and use intuition

  • Increased ability to: engage people, events, or experiences that were previously avoided

  • A reduction in anxiety symptoms