When we speak either on the phone or video, I will do my best to outline where we start and leave plenty of room for you to talk. I want to hear what is bringing you to counseling and what would feel most helpful to you.
If you and I have a 20-minute free consultation, I will have a one-page document for you to read and sign that explains what the consultation is and the purpose of it.
If we have a 60-minute initial evaluation, we will review the Intake Questionnaire you will have filled out (my paperwork is done online before your first session), some general housekeeping details and then we will dig into what brings you to therapy and what you’re hoping to accomplish. This gives us a chance to get to know each other and figure out what our next steps are.
I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Oregon, which means in addition to my Masters in Counseling I have completed over 2400 hours of supervised counseling. I also happen to be a therapy nerd and regularly attend workshops and trainings to hone my skills.
I’ve worked in community mental health, a hospital and my own private practice. I have worked with people struggling with tough life transitions, depression, anxiety and recovery. Private practice is hands-down my favorite and the best job I’ve ever had.
Earlier in my career I was employed as a community organizer working for social justice. I’ve been a writer on the internets and even had a comic strip in my college newspaper. I’ve worked for big, behemoth companies and plucky start-ups. I’ve been laid off twice in two years due to our wonky economy and capitalism’s shadow side. That’s what got me into graduate school, actually.
It all brought me to here and now, where I land poised and ready to help you in whatever challenges you are facing.
I graduated in 2006 with a Masters degree in Counseling. I specialized in learning how early life experiences can lead to habits that we need to change in order to live a happier, healthier life.
I hold a license (#C2700) with the Oregon State Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists.
I am on the board of the Coalition of Oregon Professional Associations for Counseling and Therapy (COPACT) and I am actively involved in the political health of my profession, meeting with and testifying to legislators in the Oregon Senate and House. I’m also the Public Policy Chair on the board of Oregon Counseling Association (ORCA).
I love learning new research and skills to help my clients! My most favorite and recent trainings I’ve attended include:
I’m the most excited to work with people who consider themselves super insightful but who also know that everyone has blind spots, and who want help digging into what behavior and thinking patterns might be getting in their way.
As someone who is passionate about social justice, I am committed to the empowerment of people of all ages, genders, sizes, shades, spiritual paths, etc. having access to quality mental health care, which is why I’m on the board of COPACT and why I invite you to contact me. If we find that we are not a fit for one another, I will help you find a way to someone who is. My top priority is making sure each client I work with gets the care that they need.