I love what I do. I am passionate about counseling and my work as a therapist. I work with adults, teens, children and their families. I believe that everyone is unique and has the capacity to develop the insight and skills to be their own best guide. My support consists in helping you to develop greater clarity, insight and direction to improve the quality of your life. I utilize an array of approaches based on my training to meet your unique life, wherever you are at the moment.
I have been providing counseling for families and individuals for the past 10 years and have been in a private practice setting for the past 5 years. Since 1995, I have provided counseling in a variety of capacities including Asian refugee relocation, services to homeless leprosy patients in India, service learning in the Philippines and comprehensive relocation services in Spain. I have also worked for the State of Oregon at the Department of Human Services giving me a particular insight into the child welfare system in Oregon. All of these experiences have contributed to my clinical expertise.
In 1997 I received my Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, which is consistently ranked among the nations top Graduate Programs for Social Work.
My training was influenced by Psychodynamic (exploring the connection the present and the past), Cognitive Behavioral (exploring the connection between thought, emotion, and behavior), Interpersonal Psychology (Beliefs and behaviors in the context of relationships and social interactions), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Radically Open DBT (RO-DBT) and Mindfulness Based Therapies. I am committed to using approaches that have been shown to be effective. I stay current with published research by regularly attending professional workshops and trainings.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Oregon.
National Association of Social Workers
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