Relationships and life can be challenging. Sometimes it feels easier to walk away or shut down. Courage entails choosing connection and curiosity instead. I am passionate about helping you improve your communication skills; working with relationships where trust needs to be rebuilt; and am experienced with managing anger and decreasing conflict. I also work with individuals and families who are adjusting to chronic illness and/or disability, substance abuse disorders, trauma, marginalization and LGBTQ issues. All parts of you are welcome here.
I am an active listener who calmly uses curiosity and thoughtfulness to explore your emotional patterns. We will work together to identify problematic issues, and work collaboratively towards resolving them in a safe, nonjudgmental atmosphere. In relationship therapy I will watch, stop you, listen and help you to access emotions to help you reconnect with your partner. I have extensive training in EFT-C (Emotion Focused Couple Therapy), in addition to EMDR for trauma. I also draw from Psychodynamic Theory, incorporating mindfulness and DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) into my practice.
Our sessions will be warm and healing. My office is inviting and comfortable. Wrap yourself in a woolen throw, put your feet up if you wish. You will leave feeling heard.
I grew up in Canada, but have called Portland home for the past 16 years. I have a previous career as a social worker, and am passionate about my children, animals, travel, music, and spending time with friends, usually finding new restaurants. I feel so fortunate to do this career that I love.
I have a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Portland State University. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, and still regularly consult on cases with Dr. Rick Johnson, Phd. I am a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, and also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC 1). I have additional training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and EMDR. I also hold a Bachelor’s Degree from Simon Fraser University (Canada) in Criminology. I am an Assistant Professor in the Counselor Education program at Portland State University. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I am also required to participate in ongoing trainings in ethics and multicultural issues.
WHAT IS A REHABILITATION COUNSELOR?
I am a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). This means that I have specialized training in helping individuals and families with cognitive, emotional, physical, mental and developmental disabilities achieve vocational, mental health and personal goals. I can assist individuals adjust to internal and external barriers to evolve, regardless of ability level. My focus in this area is on the mental health aspect of adjusting to the medical/psychosocial aspects of a disability/chronic illness, for both individuals, couples and families. I am also experienced in assisting family members in adjusting to chronic/terminal illness of loved ones.