My formal journey in psychology began in 1992, with one of my college majors, human communication.
I went on to study Marriage & Family Therapy at Antioch New England before finishing a masters degree in Counseling Psychology at Webster University.
Throughout my life I have traveled within 49 states; of those, I lived in the Midwest, the south, New England, the east coast & the west coast. Some of the places I lived were urban, some of them rural. Most of my last two decades have been urban. My roots though are rural. Very rural.
During the last twenty years, I have traveled within over sixty countries. Prior to laying down roots in Oregon summer 2015, I had lived in four “foreign” countries, on three separate continents as an adult.
This offers me a unique perspective in culture, values, religion, and life.
Every person, every story, is unique. Every person is simultaneously simple on the surface, yet incredibly complicated underneath.
I will see you - all of you - beneath the surface that you must maintain. I will respect how complicated you are, and where you are “coming from”… the complexities of your life; your history, the inter generational trauma, as well as what you have been and are currently living through.
This is your safe place. Therapy is where you can let those heavy weights & feelings go. Choosing the “right” therapist means so very much in your healing. In first consultation, we will discuss your needs, and my scope of practice, and you can feel out if it’s a good fit for you.
I have studied, and have been certified in, several modalities; but find that I lean in most to acceptance & commitment therapy.
When we meet, I may draw upon this, or pieces of other modalities, depending on where you are in the moment. Therapy is about, and for, you … I have the education, experience, and tools to adapt to where you are and shift as needed.
I am licensed for individual, couples, child, & family therapy in Oregon, California, Washington DC & Georgia. I am approved as an associate by Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors to supervise LPC & LMFT associates.
I have also achieved E- RYT internationally and completed two semesters masters level coursework at the Arizona School of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. I continue to study holistic & “alternative” approaches to health.
I firmly believe that mental health is “health”. Every part of you is connected, all of your history is connected. The mind feels the body and the body feels the mind. One cannot be “healed” without the other. … they work together.
I am here to aid that togetherness with you … and help you find peace & joy in your life.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Depression, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dissociation, Emptiness, Expats, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Immigration Issues, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Multicultural Concerns, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
DC LPC PRC14113
GA LPC LPC005797
OR LPC C3818
CA LPCC 1743
She is amazing … I just have been rather swamped lately
Written on Sep 27, 2021 after therapy with Misty for 1 year and 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, parenting issues, and adhd
I have had counsellors therapist psychiatrist for the last 35 years and have not met anyone as Alive and inviting as Misty. She always knows where I should focus especially when I am not and when I'm trying to elude an issue she compassionately brings me back. I have had more growth in this Therapeutic Relationship than I have had in the last 35 years of my journey.
Written on May 22, 2021 after therapy with Misty for 1 year and 7 months on issues concerning grief
Misty is a peach.
She is a good example of the kind of woman I want to be.
Written on Jan 05, 2021 after therapy with Misty for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Misty has been wonderful to work with. She brings her experience into our conversations in a way that is encouraging, honest, and helpful. She really cares and is passionate about being there for me. Plus she’s willing to work with my ever-changing schedule.
Written on Feb 10, 2020 after therapy with Misty for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues
I absolutely adore Misty. She has gone above and beyond to help me in times of crisis and simply checking in. I feel so blessed to have her in my life.
Written on Jan 15, 2020 after therapy with Misty for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Misty has been extremely helpful and responsive. She is a huge asset to me
Written on Dec 10, 2019 after therapy with Misty for 3 weeks