Seeing clients in person and via video in Portland, Oregon, and via video in Washington State. Currently accepting couples/relationships
Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Portland, OR
I have many years experience and many hours training working with youth, especially youth with anxiety, depression and who are on the autism spectrum.
I prefer "relationship therapy" and I am specially trained in supporting people with non-typical relationship styles such as polyamory and ethical non-monogamy. I am attachment-centered and help people understand how their first relationships with their family of origin deeply impacts the ways we relate with the important people in our lives as adults.
The core of my practice is in supporting people as they connect the way their thinking drives they way they feel, and the choices they make based on those feelings. I enjoy empowering people to challenge unhelpful or harmful patterns of thinking, and replacing with thinking that reflects a more optimistic, joyful approach to the future.
I deeply enjoy helping people investigate issues such as personal identity, freedom and responsibility and how they intersect in our lives. The world is a confusing, frustrating place often lately and exploring the ways to make personal sense of meaning of it can be incredibly healing.
PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy) t quickly gets to the heart of what's happening with conflict and tension in your relationship. PACT works by cutting out a lot of the confusing talking and arguing about who's right and how to fix a given problem. PACT assumes you are the expert on your partner, and the therapist helps to decode what happens during moments of conflict, so you can better guess your partners concerns, needs and wants as well as what would help sooth best.
I support people who are exploring their gender, people who have come out to their partner and want support in what their relationship looks like going forward, and those who are well into their gender journey and would like to do some depth work on healing from society's treatment of trans people. I am myself non binary trans.
I am trained in PACT, an attachment-focused couples counseling approach that works to help people be better "experts" on their partner, and how their family of origin experiences and trauma often show up in relationships later in life. The goal is to help people make more accurate guesses about what their partner is thinking and feeling, and respond in a way that is anchored in their partner's needs, and matches the kind of relationship they both want.
I enjoy supporting people with new diagnoses and established diagnoses alike, and approach bipolar from a social rhythm stand-point. The kinds of ways we set up our lives, sleeping, , taking medications, eating, schedules, rituals, all help to facilitate a greater evenness in our lives. This is the primary way folks with a bipolar diagnoses can manage moods and avoid episodes.