My Approach to Counseling
I approach counseling from a holistic understanding of life and self. We are each shaped by our experiences through time and each acquire habits, beliefs and values that carry us through the many tasks, roles and relationships of our lives. It is often when we encounter loss, trauma or conflict that we can gain new perspectives about what is working well in our lives, what we'd like to change, and what we can learn to accept, about ourselves, others and the world we live in.
Therapy can be creative and meaning-affirming work. I support and challenge clients to develop insight, healthy coping skills, and to implement change where they feel it is most needed. Desired changes tend to evolve from a therapeutic relationship founded in mutual trust, respect, and compassion. I integrate traditional evidenced-based approaches with the wisdom of somatic and mind-body psychology, mindfulness practices, and expressive arts, based on client interests and comfort.
Who I Work With
I work with individuals, couples and families. I bring particular skill and training in the following areas: trauma, grief, loss, anxiety, major life transitions, spiritual issues, relationship issues, couples therapy and families in end-of-life transitions. My clinical practices are trauma-informed, culturally competent and welcoming of diversity. I enjoy connecting with clients from a range of backgrounds and lifestyles, including students, elders, and those who identify with non-majority communities. I am located in Eugene, Oregon and serve the greater Lane County area.
My Professional and Personal Background
Prior to entering private practice, I worked in community mental health, providing both individual and couples counseling, and facilitating DBT and wellness groups. I have worked in higher education, as both a private tutor and writing instructor, and served as a writer-in-residence at The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.
I volunteered with hospice for many years and continue to support local non-profits that provide end-of-life care and community education on end-of-life decision making. I am a life long student of the healing arts and maintain a personal movement and meditation practice. This eclectic blend of professional, academic and personal experiences have informed my own growth and healing and allow me to offer you compassionate and empathic care informed by your innate self-knowledge and preferred learning styles.
My Educational Credentials
MS, Couples and Family Therapy, University of Oregon
MFA, Creative Writing, Oregon State University
BA, English, Kent State University
The models of therapy that most inform my practice include: Internal Family Systems, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy and Somatic Experiencing. I also integrate mindfulness practices and expressive arts interventions into my work. I am a Level 1 & 2 trained Gottman Method therapist and Level 1 & 2 trained PACT therapist. I am currently working towards completion of year one training in Somatic Experiencing.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Oregon. I regularly attend workshops and training programs to expand my competence, knowledge and skills in areas that will best serve the needs of my clients.