I am a Licensed Professional Counselor working with adults and adolescents. My clients are grappling with issues such as depression, co-dependency, relationship challenges and problematic sexual behavior. I enjoy facilitating individual therapy and couples counseling. My clients are typically smart, successful professionals who are seeking to improve their lives and need some guidance in a few areas like process addictions, overwhelming emotions and relationship crises. I find great meaning in hearing people’s stories and I consider it a privilege to do this important, rewarding work.
In my therapy practice, I pull from Attachment Theory, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and particularly with couples, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
I earned a MA in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College. My counseling license is through the State of Oregon: Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists. I have completed the Advanced Training in Problematic Sexual Behavior program or ATPSB. I am also a member of SASH, The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health. I often complete continuing education credits, not only because I am required to do so to maintain my license, but because I am genuinely fascinated by this field and I enjoy keeping my brain sharp. I like learning about the most cutting edge research especially in the area of Interpersonal Neurobiology. In order to be a skillful and effective therapist, I keep myself up-to-date on Evidence Based Best Practices that we know have the most positive outcomes with clients.
I also hold a MFA in Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. I have taught at New York University and CUNY-Baruch College. My fiction has appeared in various journals and magazines. I understand the struggles – like rejection – artists and writers go through and I enjoy working through the creative process. I do not believe that it is necessary to experience extra suffering in order to be creative.
I have a variety of clinical experience in my private practice and at medical facilities such as Kaiser Permanente and Providence Medical Center. I work with people of all ages and every level of acuity, from deeply depressed clients who have completed an in-patient hospital stay, to those who are very high functioning in their day-to-day lives. I have spearheaded a DBT Out-Patient Program. I have worked at the Multnomah Country Crisis Line. I completed a mediation program and did conflict resolution and dialogue facilitation at City Hall in Beaverton, Oregon.
I grew up in New Jersey and I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for my undergraduate degree. I lived in New York City on the Lower East Side for about a decade where I wrote short stories while teaching college classes as an adjunct professor. I moved to Portland, Oregon after visiting my brother one summer, because I fell in love with this city and I have been here since 2006. I have experienced and processed large life transitions like pregnancy, parenthood and step-parenthood. I appreciate working with clients on these issues and more.
How do our emotional lives influence our relationships? What can we do to create change and feel more hopeful? This is what drew me to writing and then therapy. I am continually intrigued by how our attachments to each other have a direct impact on our well-being and just how powerful we can be in each other’s lives.