"we must be willing to let go of the life we have planned,
so as to accept the life that is waiting for us"
∞ joseph campbell
Children, adolescents and young adults may struggle, act out or shut down completely when trying to emotionally process divorce, separation, life transitions, the many challenges of adolescence and young adulthood, self-esteem struggles, anxieties, traumatic events, grief or loss. At times they may feel confused, angry, guilty, frightened, depressed, shameful, vulnerable, insecure and overwhelmed. Often, it is difficult for them to express themselves to a parent or loved one. As individuals, I believe we all have the innate ability to heal and to grow, and sometimes just need a safe space and extra support as we reflect and process where we're at. I support children, adolescents, young adults and families who are struggling with these changes and who may also be experiencing other emotional or behavioral responses to the unexpected challenges of life. It takes courage to change and strength to keep moving forward through life's transitions.
Finding a counselor for your child, or for yourself, can be the most supportive thing you can do during a time of change. My aim is to support and help my clients find the tools that work best for them as they identify their sense of self, discover their own personal coping skills and learn new ways to express their emotions in a safe and healthy way. Using a holistic approach, I work collaboratively with my clients as we look at the relationships between emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and life events. My style is supportive, interactive, compassionate and warm, with a splash of humor.
Integrating the well-being of the mind & body connection has been shown to be healing and restorative. When appropriate and useful, I often integrate creative therapy techniques such as: expressive arts therapy, play therapy, Yoga Calm®, mindfulness, and sand tray therapy within the therapeutic process to help oneself open up in ways that allow freedom of expression. This can help facilitate an inner awareness of personal strengths, insight and support. It also enables self-expression throughout the process of discovering new ways to overcome one's own struggles.
Every individual deserves to feel accepted, valued, and safe. I am queer affirming and make every effort to create an inclusive environment for all people along their journey. I work from an inclusive, social justice framework and anti-oppressive lens, free from discrimination and stigmatization. I am continually growing and actively learning in my own anti-oppression work.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with the State of Oregon Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists: C4021 and abide by its Code of Ethics.
I am also a National Certified Counselor (#292156).