About Me

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

I am a registered intern with the state of Oregon, practicing body-centered and mindfulness-based counseling and therapy in Portland, OR.

I see us all having an amazing strength, resilience, and natural ability to heal ourselves. Sometimes though, the repairing that we so honorably perform for ourselves leaves us with habitual reactive patterns. Eventually, we start to realize that these patterns no longer serve us in a way that allows life to be as fulfilling as we wish it to be: instead of a source for healing, they become a source of disconnection from both ourselves and others.

I believe that therapy gives us a wonderful opportunity to discover and navigate through the causes and conditions of these 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 have completed a Masters Degree in Counseling at 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).

Prior to pursuing my degree in counseling, I studied Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and meditation for three years at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra in upstate New York. My time there gave me a profound curiosity in the power of mindfulness, and in particular the ability for mental visualizations to transform our present experience.

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Modalities Used

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