Philosophy & Approach
In my work with individuals, couples, and families, I am an integrative therapist who most frequently draws on attachment theory, Parts work/IFS, existential and transpersonal theories, and eco-psychology. I support you in cultivating greater self-compassion, self-understanding, and connecting with the buried parts of yourself that may be longing to tell their stories. While I offer insights, observations, and gentle challenges, my priority is to guide you toward building the skills you need to uncover and connect to your internal sources of strength, insight, intuition, and integrity.
In couples and relationship therapy, I will compassionately challenge you to identify and grow from your well-worn patterns and do the brave work of stepping into more authentic connection with your partner. Healing comes when it is meant to, and often when we least expect it. Sometimes we have to move through the muck and the messiness for awhile before we reach moments of breakthrough. I provide a safe and positive container for you to move through these difficult periods on the journey toward greater connection to one another.
Who I Am
I’m a lifelong learner who has taken many circuitous pathways through life to arrive here - I have been an immigrant, a wayward artist, an herbalist, an amateur horticulturist, and an archivist of local wildlife. I’m descended from tulip growers, scientists, book-sellers, survivors, and nomads searching for better lives. I’m endlessly fascinated and amused by the world, and I bring that humor and sense of wonder into the work that I do as a therapist.
In addition to my experience in the field, I come to this work with insights that are borne of my own years of personal exploration, healing, and growth. I am honored to serve even a small part of your journey toward those moments of recognition and healing.
Education, Training, and Credentials
I'm a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in the state of Oregon (R8044) with a masters degree in Marriage, Couple, & Family Therapy. I am supervised by Jessica Thomas, Ph.D, LMFT. I have training and experience in working with individuals across the age spectrum, couple relationships, co-parenting relationships, and families. I also engage in continuing education on a regular basis on a number of topics, including ecopsychology, transpersonal and somatic approaches to therapy, relevant approaches to couples work, and supporting clients recovering from spiritual or religious abuse.