I invite your curiosity. I strive to always be transparent and empowering. My style is warm, empathic, and direct.
I’ve lived in Portland for 25 years and love being a part of this community. I am a graduate of Portland State University with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling and have completed internships at William Temple House and the PSU Community Counseling Clinic. I identify as a queer, male-presenting, white, able-bodied person and as such I know both privilege and marginalization and bring this to our work. My pronouns are he and they. I have a background in fine arts and enjoy painting in my free time. I'm an avid hiker but think of myself as more the indoorsy type.
I am a registered licensed professional counselor intern and I am supervised by Karen Hixson, PhD, LPC. My clinical focus includes gender and gender transition, sexuality, racial identity, anxiety, depression, grief, and personal growth. I welcome people of all identities.
My Counseling Philosophy
At some point in our lives we have all experienced trauma- that hurt that sticks with us and we can’t seem to shake it. Trauma looks different for each of us. We will create a safer container for you to explore what hurts and what helps. I find it useful to consider how social, racial, gender, and economic injustice intersects with your trauma experience. We come together with the assumption we all carry some history of trauma. This work can be hard and sometimes we uncover painful spots. I incorporate mindfulness and grounding work to promote a safer experience.
I approach our work from a narrative therapy perspective. As its name implies, we will work on your story and how we define our lives through our learned history. Narrative therapy begins with the understanding that you are the expert on your life; my job is to help you look at that story. Life is hard and blame and shame are not a solution. I do not assign diagnoses unless a client finds it useful. This quote from Michael White, a founder of narrative therapy, encapsulates my stance: “The person is not the problem, the problem is the problem.”
You have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, and abilities… let’s explore those! Let’s be curious together. In our work, healing is often found in a new perspective or new understanding of the story we create to define who we are. My hope is that we can build an awareness of the systems around us and how they affect our perception and the tools to a continued experience of your authentic self.
Ready to get started?
I offer a free 20 minute video or phone interview for you to ask questions and see if I am a good fit. Click below to go to my online booking portal to schedule today or call me at 503-208-6424 and I will get back to you within 48 hours excluding weekends/holidays.