My Approach


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I strongly believe in the healing power of relationship. My person-centered modality allows connection and trust to build in a gentle, natural manner.  In working together, we create a space that provides you the safety to explore your feelings, challenge old assumptions and stories, and do the brave work of transformation. My mindful approach involves us noticing and responding together to whatever unfolds, and using the therapeutic relationship to build compassion and create transformation. I believe we all have the innate capacity to do this, but sometimes we all could use a little guidance from someone we trust to remind us of our potential.

Sometimes we can’t express our feelings verbally, or words might not be enough.  Being trained in Art Therapy allows me to pick up on nonverbal symbols and metaphors that are often expressed through art and the creative process.  I love the eye-opening process this provides clients as we begin to dig deep into experiences and feelings that have impacted and lingered for many years.

The therapeutic models that best describe my approach include attachment theory, mindfulness-based therapy, EFT (emotionally-focused therapy), and family systems theory.

Frequent issues I have addressed:

  • Depression/mood disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma recovery
  • Social skills deficits
  • Adjustment to life transitions/chronic illness
  • Unhealthy coping
  • Support through grief and loss
  • Building self-esteem and fostering personal growth
  • Adjustment to new disabilities such as hearing loss

Free initial consultation
I wholeheartedly believe that the relationship between client and therapist is the most healing aspect in psychotherapy, thus I offer a 40-minute complimentary initial consultation so we can mutually decide if we are a good fit. Please know that all communication is confidential.

Check out the following links to my directory profile:

Click here for my Psychology Today profile

Oregon Association of the Deaf

Portland Therapy Center Member