Hello and thank you for taking the time to explore our website. Whether you’re new to therapy or have seen a counselor before, the journey you’re about to embark upon is significant and I feel so privileged to join you in it. I am originally from the Pacific Northwest, where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and International Studies and then a Master’s Degree in Counseling, both from George Fox University. Like most of my clients, I have been through a good share of transition in my life and I can appreciate the stress or anxiety these life transitions often create, even when they are planned and anticipated.
In working with clients, I believe it is important to allow a safe space for you to just be, to process loss, pain or frustration, and to begin identifying realistic goals that are sustainable in the long-term. Exploring the past is important in helping us to understand how it informs your current behaviors, but I will always encourage you to make changes that are relevant to your present and to your future. In striving toward this end, I will work hard to earn your trust and gently challenge you to approach your problems from a renewed perspective. I work from a family systems perspective, applying strengths-based, narrative, and cognitive behavioral approaches that are specific to each client’s needs and goals.
I have 21 years of experience working with children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families. When working with minors, I believe it is important to actively involve parents so that change can occur within the entire family system. I work with a wide variety of issues, including grief and loss, marriage, divorce, blended families, infertility, parenting, adoption and foster care, depression, anxiety, work-related stress, family dynamics, and adjustment to issues specific to teens and young adults.
My passion has and continues to be working with others to live a full and satisfying life. I so look forward to meeting you and engaging in this therapeutic journey together!