I help people in their recovery from addiction, trauma and other mental illnesses so they can live healthy and productive lives.
I am passionate about helping people get to that “A-Ha” lightbulb moment where they learn how to integrate somatic techniques to heal from trauma; including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex stress disorder (CPTSD.) Connecting with people, problem solving and teaching people how to help themselves is what drives me every day. I am also trained in Brainspotting and believe the combination of both modalities work beautifully together.
Through my work in every level of addiction within a wide variety of settings (residential, outpatient, intensive outpatient) I have had the privilege of counselling, teaching, and guiding over 3,000 people (ages 16 – 85) towards integrating their past with their present so they can not just survive, but thrive, in all areas of their lives.
I partner with my clients, using a wide variety of techniques, to master the tools of self-care and regulation. Through somatic methods, cognitive behavioral interventions, psychoeducation, and motivational interviewing, people are able to establish a healthier relationship with themselves and others, and meet their personal and professional goals.
Addiction is a complex, evolving and nuanced medical condition. I am committed to contributing to the destigmatization of this painful trauma and shame based condition. In working with addiction I have come to understand recovery is absolutely possible.
In addition I am a parent of young adults and one teenager. I LOVE bad tv – give me all the Bravo! I am more outdoorsy than people expect and just went white water rafting for the second time and loved every minute of it. Cooking/food/eating bring me joy, but I hate talking on the phone when I am eating – I can not enjoy my food! And my music tastes range from Taylor Swift to Janis Joplin. Also, I use a lot of humor in my work. I have found that humor is often a much needed portal to opening up and getting to the hard parts of the work. Yes humor can be a defense mechanism, yet when done right it can be a significant part of the healing process.
I am available for a free 30 minute consult and will be opening a waitlist for appointments in September, on Friday and Saturday mornings, with some appointments before 10 am M-Thursday
I have extensive experience working with adolescents and teenagers, adults, and with the LGBTQIA community.
I do not take insurance as a form of payment at this time. Health insurance companies often dictate the type, length, and number of sessions clients are able to access and prevent me from ensuring therapy meets the needs of clients first and foremost. I have intentionally chosen NOT to be paneled with insurance providers so I am able to focus on mental health and client experience over billing codes and profit margins of corporations. I am able to provide you what is called a SuperBill that you may turn into your insurance company for possible reimbursement. This requires a diagnostic code to be assigned which can become pa part of your medical record.
I am an LPC in the state of OR and an LMHC in the state of WA.