I work with adults in their times of reckoning & transition. I have a great love for work with mourners & parents of very young children.
Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Portland, OR
Supervised by Dr. Lisa Aasheim, LPC
They come pre-packaged with personality, but our nurturing will echo throughout their lives. Raising small children is joyful & harrowing, perplexing & sometimes mind-numbing. Ultimately our offspring are the reason for everything humans have ever done, from the first moment we came out of the trees to get that particular stick that they needed but chucked, no not that one, THAT ONE. You want to be your best for them, but it is so complicated. Meanwhile you're still trying to be a person too.
As social animals, relationships are the core of our well being. We learn them first in our caregivers' arms, and then through siblings, friends, & others. I have extensive training in relational therapy, using radical transparency in our therapeutic relationship to highlight & strengthen your relational capacities, assisting you to build healthier, stronger, mutually respectful bonds of your own.
Living is not for the faint of heart. To seek meaning and actively engage with an exploration of individual and collective humanity is a shifting lifelong journey. Existential therapy wrestles with matters of life and death, and what it means to you to be a human being with all the attendant pain, sorrow, joy, and questioning.
None of us exists in a vacuum. We're embedded in systems large and small, and each of us in a family system. Often within these are our most precious and painful relationships- people who know how to push our buttons, patterns we can't seem to break. Family systems examines the push and pull of all members, acknowledging that every action is a reaction and that with awareness choice is possible.
Anxiety comes in many forms- keeping you up at night, stomach turning, emotions at the surface, needing to control your environment, feeling overwhelmed in the face of seemingly small challenges. I welcome your anxious energy into the room. I'm curious about the way it seeks to protect you and move you. I offer a contained space to let your anxiety finally be fully heard and calmed.
Grief is a normal part of a loving life, but it can be a time of confusion, isolation, and terrible emotional pain. Mourning the death of a loved one, or even an acquaintance or a change of life, can bring to the surface thoughts of one's own mortality and vulnerability to further pain. It can be complicated. Often there are collateral losses- changes in finances, community, and identity.