I provide individual and couples counseling and therapy for many issues including anxiety, depression, identity and relationship conflict. My counseling style is very collaborative, supportive, relational and unique to your personal and cultural needs. Together we will work to uncover the challenges you are facing, as well as the personal strengths, experiences and successes that can help you move forward.
Working on ourselves can be a highly valuable and rewarding process. I work with clients on a wide range of topics including meaning/purpose, self-fulfillment, identity, family of origin issues, life and/or job transitions, healing/trauma, vocation, dreams, grief and all kinds of relationships, including the most important one with ourselves. Whatever you need to reflect on, process, unpack or make sense of for you, we can explore together in a supportive, encouraging and non-judgmental space.
For most of us, finding happiness and connection within our relationships represents the biggest opportunity of our lives. If you’re willing to do the work, the outcome can be so rewarding. We will look at the relationship patterns and what is working well and what may need to be tweaked or eliminated. I will then help you develop the new behaviors and patterns you each need to strengthen and grow your relationship. I am also trained as a Prepare/Enrich Facilitator for anyone seeking pre-marital counseling.
I welcome and honor all diversity -- religious, cultural, sexual orientation. I have experience with bi-cultural marriages, polyamory, sexuality, and infidelity. I am deeply aware of cultural issues and sensitive to people who may feel marginalized by the dominant culture. I bring both my personal and community experience as well as my mixed race and diversity training to my work with all clients. As a native Oregonian, my family is a mix of Scandinavian and Native American (Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians).
Counseling is a second career for me. After more than 20 years in the corporate world, I was looking for a way to combine my psychology background, my professional knowledge and experience, and a desire to help others into a more rewarding and fulfilling profession. As a counselor, I combine real-world skills, my advanced education and training, with an intuitive sense of how people think and feel to enable clients to uncover how therapy and personal growth can bring clarity, a sense of peace and purpose, and ultimately, change from within.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, registered in the State of Oregon.
I hold a Master's Degree in Counseling from Portland State University.
My private practice is located in Beaverton, where I have been working with clients since 2012. I have also been a volunteer at the William Temple House since 2013. William Temple House offers low-cost counseling services to individuals, couples and families, and is a vital non-profit agency resource for the greater Portland area.
My approach to therapy begins with an Existential-Humanistic lens. Being present and open to all that individuals and couples bring into the room is where I like to start. I also want to understand your family of origin and how your family system and family role influenced and helped you maneuver through the world to the place you are at today. From there, I will incorporate various approaches, theories and techniques to help achieve your individual or couple goals for therapy. I believe how we move through the world is directly connected to our most basic understanding of our self, and the relationships and role models we have grown up with and have consciously or unconsciously integrated. I also believe we all have a path in life that is unique and when discovered, will bring us the meaning, purpose and sense of belonging that we desire.
I have received training in Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples, through the Portland-based Edwards Psychotherapy group. I am currently training with Terry Real (Relational Life Therapy) for advanced couples training, and have also trained with Dan Wile in his Collaborative Couples approach. I am also influenced by the many teachings of Carl Jung and other prominent, historical theorists such as Alfred Adler and Carl Rogers, as well as contemporary teachers and leaders such as Pia Mellody and Esther Perel.
As someone who has moved through different worlds and different cultures, I understand that when people feel honored and heard, they will feel safe. And when they feel safe, they are ready to look at their issues in a different way--and start down a path to changing what is not working. My work is to help my clients see that change can come from within, utilizing and building on their own strengths and abilities. The work I do with my clients is collaborative. It's not my work to do, so I am there to help navigate and lead the process.
Ultimately, I want my clients to achieve a greater sense of peace or satisfaction with their life, themselves, their relationships, their life goals, and to live more authentically, or in-line with who they are as a human on this earth.
Some of the areas and issues clients bring in to work on:
_Adult Children of Alcoholics
_Culture/Identity Issues (personally, professionally, sexually)
_Grief and Loss
_Life Transitions/Planned or Unexpected
_Recovery/Healing from having a Parent with a Personality Disorder or Mental Illness
rates + info
I charge $95 for a 55-minute session. I believe in making counseling accessible and when possible, do offer sliding-scale rates for those in financial need. I can also direct you to low-cost counseling resources if needed.
For Pre-Marital Counseling, I offer couples five sessions for $300, utilizing the Prepare-Enrich assessment and tools. This program helps the couple to identify strengths and areas of growth for building and maintaining a rewarding and lasting marriage.
When seeking counseling, the client-counselor relationship is critical to successful therapy. I offer a free 30-minute initial consultation to make sure it is a good fit for both parties. Email me to set up a time: firstname.lastname@example.org . Phone: 503.709.089
I do not accept insurance at this time.
I require a 48-hour notice if you need to cancel or re-schedule an appointment. If under 48 hours, please do not cancel via email, contact me as soon as possible via phone: 503.709.0897.
I accept cash, check, credit card or can also accept health savings account cards for payment.
My office is located in downtown Beaverton at 12250 SW 2nd Street, just off of Farmington and Lombard Blvd. There is easy-access parking and a lobby where you can wait for your appointment. My office can be reached via TriMet bus #52, #76 or #78, and many others that are close by. My office is also close to the Beaverton Transit Center, which connects with Max and the Wes Commuter Rail.