I am a trauma recovery therapist with extensive experience in the healing and recovery field.
Counselor in Portland, OR
I have completed the required training in order to be certified as an EMDR therapist. I am able to implement the EMDR tools in session alongside the other theories and tools in order to address trauma and other related symptoms.
I am under the supervision of one of the experts on trauma (Connie Baker, MAC, LPC), and I have extensive experience in the field working with highly traumatized clients. I have seen progress even in severe cases of PTSD, C-PTSD, and trauma-related symptoms in both individuals and couples. In addition to using EMDR to address trauma, I use several trauma-oriented modalities to develop safety, attachment, and healing for clients recovering from trauma.
The journey to healing is so much about relationship, and the "theory of attachment" is a wonderful way to put into words how we relate to everything in our world. I use the language of attachment alongside the other modalities in order for couples, individuals, groups to understand how and why they relate they way they do. This awareness allows us to adjust how we relate, and in doing so, move towards healing and health.
"Spirituality" hits at the core of the self, and can inspire everything from dread, shame, to joy and belonging. When this area is wounded, it is that much heavier and more difficult to ask for help. In this area, I have extensive training, background, and experience. My hope in that is to help you articulate the pain, the loss, the joys, the meaning, identity, and everything that is 'touched' by spirituality, in order that you may experience progress towards health and healing.
For men, there are often so many unspoken rules about asking for help, naming feelings and needs. I love gently walking men through these minefields so that they can first articulate areas of hurt, pain, even the shame that's "there" -- sometimes we don't have the words to say it's there. Then, we can start to attend to those wounds and work towards a state of being healed, healthy, connected with oneself and the people we love / who love us.
Trauma is confusing, it's disconnecting, disorienting. Reversing trauma means re-developing and re-learning safety, trusting one's body cues, listening one's thoughts and feelings. It's a long journey, but it's well worth it. I have years of experience working with the most acute cases of PTSD, and I can say with confidence I have honed the skills to help clients move towards healing in this area.