About Me

My approach, my theoretical orientation, and my journey getting here

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with the State of Oregon, practicing mindfulness-based experiential psychotherapy and counseling in Portland, OR.

I believe that therapy gives us a wonderful opportunity to discover and navigate the causes and conditions of negative or challenging thought and emotional patterns while remaining firmly rooted in the present moment. I do this in a way that is non-intrusive, non-violent, and compassionately supportive to one’s personal growth and embodiment.  Through assisted mindful states, we can really become aware of deeper feelings, emotions, and beliefs with clarity we are often too busy to notice. It is from this place that we discover so much about ourselves, and it is from this place that we are able to re-witness our strength and resilience, and then utilize these to construct new ways of being in and with the world.

I received my Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Prescott College. The focus in my studies was on somatic and mind/body therapies, as well as the intersection of these therapies with neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology. I have also completed the two-year comprehensive training program with Mindful Experiential Therapy Approaches (M.E.T.A), where I immersed into learning the Hakomi Method and Jon Eisman's Re-Creation of the Self Model of Human Systems (R-CS).  I am also presently a teacher's assistant for the current M.E.T.A. comprehensive training cohort.

Prior to pursuing my degree in counseling, I studied Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and meditation for three years at a retreat center in upstate New York. My time there gave me a profound curiosity in the power of the mind and a set of tools to transform how one relates to this human experience.

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Modalities Used

I practice therapy that is inspired by the following interdependent modalities: