I became a counselor because I am passionate about healing! I believe that people have the ability to change and improve their lives in ways they never thought possible. I work hard to cultivate a space of warmth, kindness and safety so that we can explore this territory together. You can expect me to be compassionate and warm, determined and fierce in our work together, and loyal and tenacious in advocating for you. I look forward to empowering and motivating you in a safe, non-judgmental space where the therapeutic process will be tailored to fit your needs.
I have cared for people with a broad range of challenges including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, relationship concerns, grief & loss, life transitions, addiction and trauma. I also specialize in eating disorders (please see the eating disorder tab for more information).
Some of the treatment orientations I work from include: Person-Centered, Existential-Humanistic, Internal Family Systems, Multicultural, Relational, Strength Based, Trauma Focused, Feminist, Integrative, HAES® (Health at Every Size), Body Trust® and Sand Tray.
I earned my Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health from George Fox University and I am a Registered LPC Intern in the State of Oregon. I should obtain full Oregon state licensure in late 2019. My supervisors are Hilary Kinavey, LPC and Amy Ponteri, LPC, ATR-BC. I am a Certified Body Trust® Provider with Be Nourished.
My Ethical Statement
As a mental health counselor, ethics are integral to my practice both from a professional and a personal standpoint. I follow the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics and have also adopted the following ethical standards in connection with my practice.
I will do everything in my power to create a space where healing can happen.
My office is a safe, non-judgmental environment designed for you to feel open and comfortable.
I will always approach our work together believing in the ability for change and the opportunity for you to live your best life.
You do not have to suffer in isolation. Let me help you hold space for the burdens that you bear.
If we are of different generations, ethnic backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations, spiritual traditions, body sizes or abilities: please know, you are welcome here.
You are the expert of your own life. I will work with you and support you without telling you what to do.
We will work at your pace and I will never push you to go into areas where you feel unsafe.
I am committed to providing you with the best care possible by staying current in my field, attending annual trainings, seeking collaboration and supervision with experts and always being honest with you in our interactions.
My work to understand and address my own privilege and implicit biases is ongoing and essential to my practice.