“People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” – Maya Angelou.
I believe how we treat each other is important and that every person is unique, making counseling a collaboration between client and clinician. I take a humanistic approach meaning that everyone is the expert of their own lives, and it is my job to walk beside you while you discover your own healing journey.
I will work with you to help you learn strategies and explore life challenges in a compassionate, direct, and trauma-informed way. I will help you learn to recognize physiological and emotional signals that might be causing harm to self and relationships. I will help you learn ways to integrate self-soothing practices and investigate thought and behavior patterns. We will talk about what has worked for you in the past as well as try new therapeutic interventions. We will look at the forces that have shaped you, including family of origin and social/cultural messages that you have received and help you identify your strengths and the patterns you desire to let go.
I consider it my responsibility to take the time to listen to individuals when they share their experiences and to give guidance to self-advocate and to use my privileges in a way to support those who experience biases. I have many years working with people of differing backgrounds and populations including but not limited to impoverished populations, women, survivors of domestic violence, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), and LGBTQIA+ individuals, as well as including and incorporating the intersectionality of these groups. As a clinician I feel it is important for me to support marginalized populations and provide a safer space for you to speak your truth without the fear of being judged or questioned for living your reality.
I am a registered associate with the state of Oregon working to gain hours for a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) I graduated from George Fox University with a master’s degree in clinical counseling in 2018. As a therapist I have the honor of walking beside you during this journey of self-discovery. It is the relationship to self, each other, the community, and the outdoors that sustains and heals us. I believe mutual respect is an important part of the healing process. I want to be the person that can walk with you on your voyage to healing. To do this I will provide you with a safer space to explore your strengths, identify your needs, understand your thoughts, feelings, and goals.
- Men’s Issues
- Intimate Partner Violence
- Life Transitions
- Coping Skills
- Intellectual Disabilities
- Self Esteem
- Relationship Dynamics
- Childhood Trauma & Adverse Childhood Experiences
- Dissociative Disorders + DID
- Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Positive Psychology
- Sand Tray Play
- Strengths Based
- Trauma Focused & Informed
- Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)
- Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)
Supervised by Catherine Sims, LPC
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To schedule an appointment or consultation, please call (971) 266-6910, or complete the patient inquiry form.
Integrative Trauma Treatment Center
2130 SW Jefferson, Suite 200 Portland, Oregon 97201
1 (888) 972-3623