I am providing both telehealth and in-person services (masks still required).
Over time, we all develop stories and ideas about ourselves, others, or the world. These stories were meant to, and probably did, protect us at some time. For example, do you get upset with yourself for being sad? Down on yourself when worry gets in the way? Frustrated with your partner for not anticipating what you need? Stories like this have a big impact, sometimes without us even knowing, and may not serve us in the ways that they originally did. For some of us, these ideas may be born from experiences of marginalization and harm based on who we are; maybe we begin to believe we’re not good enough, not worthy of love, or there’s something wrong with us. These are painful and powerful ideas; It’s no wonder that you may be trying hard to get rid of or numb them and their effect on you. Unfortunately, trying to control or avoid what we’re thinking, or feeling can lead to even more suffering, like incessant worry, feeling unsettled in our bodies, isolating ourselves from others, becoming dependent on substances, etc. An important task of therapy is to gain more clarity on which of these stories get the most “airtime,” take stock of their impact, and together help you be the person you want to be in the face of it all.
I specialize in working with people who struggle with anxiety, shame and low self-worth, identity-related questions or struggles, reactions to trauma and difficult life events, and substance use. As a queer person, I have a particular interest in, and have significant experience, serving other LGBTQIA+ and queer folks, and I am poly and kink-affirming. I believe wholeheartedly that you are not someone broken to be fixed. Whether you believe it or not, you already have a wealth of personal strengths that are worth tapping into. While I will actively and thoughtfully integrate my own expertise, you already have the most important resource: yourself. A significant part of growth in therapy happens through the relationship that we’ll develop. We are both human people with experiences and identities that influence how we’ll relate to each other; I couldn’t be a blank slate even if I tried. I find that therapy is most successful when clients and I can talk about the opportunities and limitations inherent in the unique relationship we build together. We will agree at times, disagree at others, all in service of figuring out together how to help you address the concerns that brought you in; laughter and tears included.
Orientation: I incorporate several evidence-based approaches, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and other mindfulness-based interventions, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). Underlying this is a perspective that acknowledges and integrates the effects of cultural and systemic factors on personal suffering and growth. Additionally, I operate from a harm reduction perspective and use Motivational Interviewing (MI) to help folks shift their relationship with substances.
Ages: Adult 18+
Special Populations: LGBTQIA+ adults of any age
Practicing Since: 2014
Degree: Masters in Social Work
Year Obtained MSW: 2016
License Number and State: Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oregon #L12573
- Grief and loss
- Sexual orientation and gender identity exploration and concerns
- Relationship difficulties
- Substance Use
Average Cost: $140 – $170
Accepted Insurance Plans: I accept most other insurance as an out-of-network provider
How I Can Help:
I will offer a gentle, encouraging, and hopeful space. Together we’ll develop a relationship that feels safe enough for you to address what’s ailing you. I’ll integrate the knowledge I have based on what has been shown to be most helpful to address your concerns, while relying on your own expertise and experience to guide the process.
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org