I have made my home and established a private practice in rural Oregon with my family and animals. Through my work, I am committed to helping people with relationship issues, childhood trauma, abuse, overcome addictions to alcohol and drugs, illness, age related issues, vicarious trauma, depression, anxiety, and other stresses that affect all of us at some time in our lives.
I believe that healing is a collaborative endeavor that requires honest caring without judgment, and I cooperatively assist my clients in clarifying their goals for treatment. Rather than using one approach for all individuals and issues, I draw from a variety of methods to create a tailored approach for each individual and situation. As a therapist, I am warm, open, encouraging, and direct. I consider myself an active therapist, combining experience, education, creativity, and sense of humor with a down-to-earth, realistic approach to counseling.
I believe that we all go through things in life that can make us feel tired, depressed, anxious, scared, lonely, angry and upset. When we go through these things we can hold onto the pain internally and it can manifest into our relationships, our jobs, our self care and our ability to manage our own internal self.
I have spent over 30 years working with adolescents & adults in social services. I have seen people at their best and their worst, their strongest and their weakest. I have myself fallen hard and been able to recreate myself through my own journey of self awareness.
In my darkest time I lost my shine, and it takes daily work to keep it. I truly believe that we all have shine inside and as we go through life, our shine can dull but through learning about yourself and learning to love your true self that shine will find its way to the surface.
As a solution-focused therapist, I can help you tap into your inherent strengths and uncover your true potential. Helping you understand and resolve challenges in your life is my focus. Through enhancing your personal tools, I can help you overcome life’s painful experiences and help you grow in all areas of your life.
Whether you’re just looking for guidance through a difficult situation or you’re looking to empower yourself and head in a new direction in life, I can help you achieve your goals.
I have expereince in : LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Blended Family Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Chronic Pain Illness and Disability , Communication Problems , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Divorce and Separation , Domestic Violence , Emptiness , Family Problems , Guilt and Shame , Isolation/Loneliness , Military and Veterans Issues , Mood Disorders , Multicultural Concerns , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Posttraumatic Stress , Prejudice and Discrimination , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Self-Harm , Self-Love , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Traumatic Brain Injury , Young Adult Issues
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dependent Personality, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Narcissism, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
OR LCSW L8120