I believe therapy to be a collaborative process in order to create an opportunity for clients to heal. In this collaborative process, I strive to provide a safe and non- judgmental environment for clients to experience insight, growth, and change within their healing journey. I provide therapy to adults and couples who have been impacted by domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking and sex trafficking.
I draw on my experience facilitating a Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM) Group for adolescent and adults who have experienced domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking and sex trafficking. This model draws on cognitive–behavioral, skills training, and psychoeducational techniques to address recovery and healing from physical, psychological/emotional, sexual, financial, and spiritual abuse.
I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree from Portland State University. As an undergraduate student, I majored in Psychology and minored in Community Health Education.
I also hold Master of Social Work (MSW) from Portland State University. As a graduate student, I completed a concentration in advanced clinical social work practice. The concentration provided me with advanced training in theoretical models that are grounded in strength-based, trauma-informed, and anti-oppressive perspectives that I am able to utilize in my practice with individuals. In addition to this concentration, I took courses titled, Social Justice in Social Work, Trauma-informed Care, Racial Disparities, Abuse and Trauma: Theory and Intervention and Advocacy and Empowerment in order to gain knowledge about how to effectively work with individuals who have had difficulty in accessing mental health services due to their age, ethnicity/race, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, religion, or socio-economic status.
I am currently completing my Sex Therapy Certification through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) in order to provide therapy to clients who experience sexual problems or symptoms of sexual dysfunction disorders. Sexual dysfunctions are physical or psychological impairments that occur in the three phases of the sexual response cycle, which are desire, arousal and orgasm. Additionally, there are pain disorders as well.
- Domestic Violence
- Sexual Dysfunction
My Training & Approaches
- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Narrative Therapy
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)
- Family Systems Therapy (FST)
- Structural Family Therapy (SFT)
- Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)
- Sex Therapy Certification (in process)
- Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM)
Supervised by Eliza Butler, LCSW