I decided to become a counselor after working with immigrant and refugee families as an AmeriCorps volunteer and realizing the impact caring individuals and hard work can have on communities in need. I believe that mental health and spiritual wellbeing are among the most fundamental needs of individuals and our society in order to thrive and grow. In the rest of my life I am an artist, writer, urban farmer, and advocate for social justice and change. The creativity, dedication, and passion that inspire me there are the same driving forces I bring into my work as a therapist.
Qualifications & Experience
M.A., Community Counseling | Lewis & Clark College
Nationally Certified Counselor | National Board for Certified Counselors
Licensed Professional Counselor #C4214 | Oregon Board of Licensed Counselors and Therapists
EMDR Levels I & II Trained | EMDR International Association
I have worked in the mental health field since 2009, when I began working with adolescents at a therapeutic boarding school in the Sapphire Mountains of Montana. Since then I have worked with adults, adolescents, and children in community mental health, residential, and correctional settings. I have provided crisis intervention, individual counseling, and group therapy to clients from a wide variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
I have extensive experience working with the following issues: crisis response, trauma, PTSD, abuse, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, emotional & behavioral regulation, domestic & interpersonal violence, sexual assault, grief & loss, parenting, and family of origin issues. Specific modalities in which I have trained and worked include: EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing), Ecopsychology, Mindfulness, Dialectal Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Trauma First Aid, and Positive Peer Culture.