Healing happens with community and support.
I am providing both telehealth and in-person services.
The past few years have led to major increases in stress, uncertainty about health and safety, and experiences of social isolation and collective trauma (often leaving an unequal burden on Black folks and other diverse communities). This can make it difficult to find joy, experience pleasure, and be active participants in our own lives. I help young people (6-25 years old) who are dealing with these situations and are experiencing anxiety, depression, or having difficulty adjusting to stressful life events, a new illness, or other medical concerns.
In addition to specializing in pediatric health psychology (how stress and medical problems impact young people’s mental health), I also have special training in working with transgender and gender-diverse youth. Transgender and gender diverse kids, teens, and their families have been exposed to additional unique and frightening threats to life-saving medical care and to their ability to present as their whole selves while at school or at soccer practice. Our bodies are not meant to function with such high levels of stress over long periods of time, and it can be confusing for young people at various diversity intersections to know, “Am I safe?” “How do I know the difference between a real threat to my safety and anxiety?” These questions do not come with an instruction booklet and can produce real and valid feelings of worry, depression, and fear. You are not meant to navigate this alone; healing happens with community and support.
When working together, I consider the ways trauma may be contributing to you or your child’s current behavior and I utilize a wide range of evidence-based approaches to problem-solving. My integrative approach is informed by CBT, family-systems, mindfulness, and biofeedback (the way our body and nervous system respond to stress). Working from an integrative lens helps meet the needs of my clients and families where they are at, using tools and techniques that will be most beneficial to them. I am affirming of diverse family and relationship structures, am social-justice and abolition-oriented, and I recognize my privilege as a white provider who may work with Black, Indigenous, and/or other people of color. I approach our therapeutic relationship with humility and acknowledge that we both contribute unique experiences and identities to this partnership.
Things I’ve Written & Interviews Given
- Pronouns 101: What Are They and Why Do They Matter? (nationwidechildrens.org)
- Using Photo Filters on Social Media: Watch for the Red Flags (nationwidechildrens.org)
- Pronouns 101: What Are They and Why Do They Matter? – YouTube
Orientation: CBT, Behavioral, Biofeedback, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-focused, Family-systems, mindfulness
Modalities: Individual, (although parents are often included/essential in working with young school-aged children)
Ages: School-age (approx. 6 – 18), Young adults (approx. 18-25)
Practicing Since: 2015
Year Graduated: 2021
License Number and State: Oregon Licensed Psychologist #3578
- Transgender youth/LGBTQ+ youth
- Co-Occurring Medical Concern/Adjustment to illness
Average Cost: $190-$210
Accepted Insurance Plans: I accept most insurance as an out-of-network provider
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org