Associate Practitioner & Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Covering Challenges Related to:
Anxiety, Depression, Transitions, Addiction, Coping Skills, LGBTQ, Relationship Challenges, Womens Topics of Concern, Adolescent/Teens & Adult Populations
DBT & CBT Strategies
Education & Licensing:
Master of Social Work & Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Specialty Training & Experience:*
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Suicidality
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Collaborative Problem Solving
CBT for Psychosis
AFGE Union steward mediation training
Originally from Alaska and have lived in Oregon for most of my adult life. I have always had a passion for helping and understanding others. I began my education at the University of Oregon, where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Family and Human Services. I completed my Master of Social Work degree in 2013 through Portland State University. My experience in the helping profession has included in-home family support and parent education, child welfare work, individual and family therapy with teens and adults, and helping Veterans reintegrate into the community after their service.
In my spare time, I love exploring Oregon via road trips, hiking, car camping, and traveling anywhere I possibly can. One of my favorite activities is listening to live music.
My first goal when meeting with clients is to create an environment of warmth, safety and acceptance. Seeking therapy can be a difficult first step, and I truly feel that each story I am presented with is a unique gift filled with opportunity.
I believe that we all have an inherent capacity to grow, heal and learn from our experiences in the world. It’s my goal to help people recognize self-defeating behaviors, patterns, and unhelpful internal dialogues, and identify how their own personal strengths can be utilized to overcome them.
I particularly enjoy helping others explore their identities, develop skills to improve interpersonal relationships, and develop coping skills to manage through strong emotions that come along with experiences such as depression and anxiety. I also enjoy supporting teens and adults through important (and often stressful) life transitions.
My personal strengths include the ability to use authenticity and humor to build meaningful healing relationships. I feel that the therapy process is a team effort between client and therapist, and I hope to work together to create goals and make progress toward achieving them.
*Specialty Training & Experience includes areas of focus and interest practitioners have obtained additional hours of training and experience in. Any specialties the practitioner has received certification in will appear under Education & Certification.