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. I identify as a queer, nonbinary, white, able-bodied person and I bring this perspective to our work. My pronouns are they/them. 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.
My focus includes gender and gender transition, sexuality, racial identity, trauma, and personal growth. I welcome people of all identities.
I have trained with Kate Kauffman, LPC of Brave Space in supporting people through gender affirming surgeries including letter of support. I am a registered LPC intern and I am supervised by Karen Hixson, PhD, LPC.
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. My hope if to work together to make things a bit easier right away, to feel more grounded. 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 can 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 you find 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 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. Finding your authentic self can bring healing.
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.