My relationships and the bonds I have formed with others has become an enduring source of strength throughout my adult life. As I continue to build new relationships, navigate conflict and strengthen existing relationships, I am motivated and feel great privilege helping and supporting others in their relationship to self and others. I have a strong inclination to social justice and I feel being witness to other's lives and their resiliency is awe inspiring.
Education and Background
B.A. in Peace and Conflict
Directorship of a Community Legal Information Center
Directorship of a non-profit providing health and social services for families affected by childhood cancer and persons living with HIV
Volunteer Mediator with San Luis Obispo Superior Court
Rape Victim Advocate with Multnomah County District Attorney's Office
HIV Test Counselor for Stonewall Alliance, Cascade AIDS Project and Pivot
Mediator with Multnomah Family Court
M.A. in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy from Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling with an emphasis on social justice and specialization in Sex Therapy.
My Style and Approach
As a marriage, couple and family therapist I work from a systemic and non-patholgizing lens, I do not view the individual as the problem but look broadly at interactional patterns and dynamics along with considering all systems (intimate relationships, school, community organizations, spiritual organizations, family etc.).
I lead with empathy, compassion, openness, humility and inclusivity. I believe that trust in the therapeutic relationship is invaluable and at the core of the therapy process. I utilize creativity, humor and spontanuity to create a warm and comfortable environment. My approach is integrative, collaborative, humanistic and eclectic as I draw from a variety of evidenced-based therapeutic models. You will find my style is flexible and I tailor sessions and my approach to meet the needs of the people I serve.
I have experience in the following areas of concern and frameworks:
Self-Esteem, Identity and life path challenges
Work and Career Concerns
Blended Family Concerns
Working with disabilities and disability management
Issues of Power and Control
Alternative Relationships (Polyamory, Open, Swinging)
Sexual Pain (Dyspareunia, Vaginismus)
Sexual Issues related to trauma, illness, disability
Boundary Development and Differentiation
Sexual Dysfunction (Anorgasmia, inhibited arousal, early or delayed ejaculation, erectile dysfunction)
Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD)