My style is relational and supportive. Clients find my therapeutic presence to be gentle, insightful, and challenging.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR
COUPLES THERAPY CAN HELP COUPLES Build responsive and engaged emotional communication Get out of stuck negative cycles of reactive communication Increase flexibility and resilience Move from distress in the nervous system (fight, flight or freeze) to feelings of safety and connectedness Increase awareness regarding your emotional needs and longings Learn how to respond to your partners signals for connection Understand and integrate emotional scripts that get triggered Repair Emotional Injuries
I specialize in providing support for clients that self-identify as female. The feminine identity is tied to social constructs that can feel limiting, disempowering, sexualized, perfectionistic, and much more. My goal is to help clients better understand their connection with themselves and gain an understanding of one’s authentic emotions. I help women with anxiety, depression, disordered eating, workaholism, substance use concerns, adult children of alcoholics, and, relationship issues.
I am trained in the lasted neuroscience of adult attachment and somatic (soma relating to the body) based interventions. I help clients understand how to regulate their emotions, communicate their needs, integrate nervous system dysregulation, improve their ability to tolerate difficult emotions, and build happy, connected lives.
I am trained in Attachment-Focused Eye-Movement-Desensitization and Reprocessing. This style of therapy is useful for integrating and reprocessing trauma. It can be used in both individual and couples therapy to repair trauma that occurs in relationships.
It is through identifying sensations and patterns in the body that we can facilitate shifts in the nervous system and move toward regulation. Shifts happen by tracking impulses, facilitating movement in the body, resourcing with positive sensations, and restructuring outcomes so that the body can have the experience it needs to have.
We are wired for connection. We develop strategies early in life to get our needs met in relationships with primary caregivers. These strategies are adaptive in the early years of our life as we are dependent upon caregivers for survival and getting our needs met. Later in life adaptive strategies can become problematic as old ways of being in relationship no longer work in adult life. I want to help you understand your strategies for attachment and connection.