I am a therapist with over a decade of training and experience providing mental health services to people seeking 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. Clinical social work allowed me to blend my personal life experience 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. Virtually all of my work in these settings was based on solid research, excellent training and good outcomes. The last couple of years, I have focused on building a private practice in Vancouver. I am licensed in Washington (#LW60750679) and Oregon (#L4756), and received the QCSW Certification by the National Association of Social Workers in 2017.
I work with individuals, couples, and families. My clients have come to therapy with a range of issues and challenges, such as depression, anxiety, anger, loss and grief, trauma (PTSD), post-addiction and recovery, relationship issues, chronic illness, and marital and family conflict. 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 students and providers collecting hours for licensure.
My approach to treatment is integrative, with postgraduate training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT), Brief Strategic Family Therapy, and Gottman Couples Work (Level 1), and other approaches that emphasize the healing power of relationship and mindfulness.
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. Trusting in this process, finding some relief and hope are indicators that therapy is working.
“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.”