Who I Am
Outside of my work as a therapist, I'm an artist, a hiker, a lover of nature, an amateur birdwatcher, and a devoted full-time servant to a cat. I was born in South Africa and I have a deep love and appreciation for the country of my birth and early childhood. Like many other immigrants, I'm fascinated with ancestry and family histories, the stories we carry, and the stories carried by those who came before us. This is part of what led me to become a relationship and family therapist and it continues to inform my worldview and many of my therapeutic interests. I have a deep connection to nature and to non-human beings, and this connection also informs my perspectives on attachment and belonging - I believe that connection is not solely between human individuals, and rather that everyone and everything is intricately connected and interdependent. This perspective is woven through who I am as a person and so it very much informs my work and the perspectives I bring into the therapy room. I like to weave lightheartedness and humor into the therapy process, and to utilize art and other expressive practices as part of the work we might do together in therapy. I also love working with other artists and with people exploring their creativity as a practice of connection to themselves or to the larger world.
Education, Training, & 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 from Lewis & Clark College. I have training and experience in working with individuals across the age spectrum, couple relationships, co-parenting relationships, and families. I am supervised by Jessica Thomas, Ph.D, LMFT.