My practice is centered around couples, adults, young adults, and teenagers. I hold a Master’s degree from Pacific University in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Portland State University. I specialize in struggles with mood (depression and anxiety) including PTSD, Generalized Anxiety, and OCD. I particularly enjoy working with people around life transitions (before, during and after), as well as setting behavioral goals. I really enjoy teaching on relationship enhancement and communication. I am an adjunct faculty member at Clark College, in the Human Development Department where I lecture on Motivation, Stress Management, and Relationship Communication. In addition to my education and clinical training, I have significant and varied life experience from which I draw on to serve the needs of my clients.
· in honest communication even when it is difficult
· that people are more alike than different
· in authentic interactions
· in exploring and understanding emotions
· that everyone has the ability to have deep satisfying relationships even if they they never learned how to
· that life is a mix of experiences that we can learn to respond, rather than react to
· in people's ability to overcome
· in creating healing around longtime pain even when other's suggest you should "get over it"
· that we all have an original design that is larger than ourselves
· that a person's spirituality and faith are worth exploring
I follow the ethical guidelines set forth by the Oregon Counseling Association as well as the American Counseling Association.
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