Each one of us has a special part to play in the stream of life. As adults, we continue to grow as we become the truest expressions of ourselves we can. People come to therapy when they are experiencing a discrepancy between who they are (or how they are feeling) and who they deeply intuit they are supposed to be.
My development as a psychotherapist has been enriched by growthful challenges such as learning to find comfort in my body and with my emotions, desiring to know the place of the Divine in my life, and raising biological and step-children. I was called early on to use dance, movement, prayer, and meditation to help me find my way through life.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Oregon, L5191, 2011) and a Certified Hakomi Therapist (2004). I completed a master’s in social work at Portland State University as well as a master’s in transpersonal therapy at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. I earned a BS in biology with teaching credentials in secondary science and math from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
I am sole proprietor of my own private practice, Somatic Psychotherapy. I provide assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for adult individuals and couples, specializing in bereavement; complex trauma and dissociative disorders; anxiety and depression; relationships; parenting; eating disorders; chronic health issues; and LGBT issues. I employ strength-based, solution-focused, collaborative, mindful, and body-centered methods.
Get to know me as a person and a professional through this in-depth interview. I discuss my background and personal history as well as addressing questions you might have about counseling, somatic psychotherapy, the Hakomi method, and my other therapeutic approaches.