I am a therapist with over a decade of experience helping people to improve the quality of their lives. Trained as a clinical social worker in Chicago at Loyola University, I found my calling as a therapist. But before calling myself a psychotherapist, I was a writer and philosopher. I have advanced degrees from U.C. Berkeley in literature and U.C. Santa Barbara in comparative literature and critical theory. I have always been deeply interested in what makes us human, the creative ways we respond and relate to the world we live in and the meaning of life. I consider myself over-educated – with some deprecation implied – and find this comical. In fact, humor is important to me. I like reading, walking in nature and music.
Clinical social work has allowed me to blend my personal life experiences with my deep curiosity about people and my desire to make the world a slightly better place. Since receiving my degree in 2006, I have worked in several community mental health centers in California, Oregon and Washington. I worked for the University of California San Francisco and the Department of Veterans Affairs in Portland and Vancouver. I am licensed in Washington and Oregon, and received the QCSW Certification from the National Association of Social Workers in 2017.
I have special experience and training in the treatment of trauma, depression, and anxiety disorders. Several of my clients have been therapists themselves. In addition, I have provided clinical supervision for social work interns actively working toward licensure.
I view psychotherapy as a holistic process in which individuals, couples, and families can reconnect with what is important to them. Psychotherapy should support and promote growth, change, and empowerment through relationship and connection. It may not always feel good, but it should provide a safe and stable space for growth to take place.
“I value the unique and diverse reasons by which you find yourself in the therapist’s office. Working together, we can develop the understanding and perspective needed to meet the challenges you face and develop solutions unique to what you want and need from life.”