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Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
We know a lot more than we did only decades ago about how trauma is stored in the brain and body, about how it is activated by present experiences, and how to effectively process and integrate traumatic memories. I have extensive training and experience with C-PTSD (developmental/attachment trauma). I utilize Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), somatic techniques, sand tray, and Interpersonal Neurobiology to assist clients with trauma.
I hold a masters degree in Social and Developmental Psychology - my thesis research focused on parent-child communication and conflict. I have additional training in Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), Positive Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and Interpersonal Neurobiology (the brain/mind/relationship connection). I am a Gottman Bringing Baby Home trained educator and offer classes for new parents.
I am trained in Collaborative Problem Solving and have had several years of experience working with children and adolescents - ages 3-20 both in and out of the school setting. I have worked within the Special Education system and can assist families with what is an often confusing process. I use art and play techniques, interactive activities, EMDR, and include parents and other family members in therapy
I have and continue to participate in graduate education and professional development that focuses on attachment and attachment and attachment related trauma. I continue to participate in graduate classes through Portland State University\'s Trauma Informed Services and Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) programs and participate in an advanced study group focusing on trauma, attachment, and IPNB.
I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which is an evidence based treatment for PTSD as well as several other concerns (e.g., developmental/attachment trauma, phobias, addiction, anxiety). I will be completing advanced training in Attachment-Focused EMDR in 2019.
Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) is an interdisciplinary approach to viewing health as the intersection of brain - mind - relationships. I hold a post-graduate certificate in IPNB from Portland State University and continue to study under the guidance of Dr. Bonnie Badenoch. I integrate IPNB into all aspects of my practice, personal and professional. I find that IPNB normalizes human experience while providing a neurobiological and attachment focused roadmap for healing.