I work with adults seeking relief from anxiety and depression, loneliness, harsh self-criticism, perfectionism, and stress.
Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
Who decides how your life is going to develop? Taking back ownership over the direction of our growth can be a vital and powerful tool in becoming who we've always wanted to be. Take stock of your life and learn what it takes to become who you truly are.
How do you experience your depression? What impact does it have on your life? Everyone gets down sometimes but what do we do when we feel like our melancholy is bottomless? What if your depression had a place to emerge, had a place to be seen without judgement? Would the way you experience it change? How might you change if it did? I will work with you to answer these questions and help you deepen your own understanding of how you can cultivate and sustain renewed vitality.
I specialize in working with people who are experiencing anxiety-based disorders (generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, phobias). I assist clients in developing a deeper sense of meaning through the investigation of patterns of suffering. Stop feeling paralyzed in your thinking and your life, break free from constantly second guessing yourself and learn what it takes to trust others as well as yourself.
ACT has two basic principles for therapist and client to follow. One, accept that we have unwelcome thoughts sometimes and that these thoughts are out of our control. Two, commit to a life which is focused on core values defined by you. In other words, "Embrace your imperfections and learn how to trust that you know what's best."
I have a background in existential philosophy and psychology. Discovering deeper meaning by confronting the difficult questions that arise from the unique nature of the human condition. What does it mean to be alive? How do my choices define me? How can I live a life committed to action and purpose? How can I embrace my failures and celebrate my success?