The relationship between you and your therapist has proven to be the most important element of healing. My therapy style is authentic, collaborative, and strengths-based, assessing the needs and style that will best serve the individual person. My strengths-based therapy focuses on the inherent strengths and skills that people already have, and uses it as building blocks for future success and problem-solving. Instead of just focusing attention on the problem or using language that stigmatizes or makes people feel like a victim, a strengths-focused approach empowers people by drawing attention to the positives that already exist within and around them. This approach dictates that people aren’t defined by their problem, diagnosis, or illness. Instead they are defined by their capacity for growth and change.
I offer reflection and validation that can illuminate your strengths and support you to make changes in life. I believe that each person is unique and my style of treatment caters to their needs. I am positively focused to help the person move forward in a productive way with their life, and past their current obstacles.
I have spent 6 years working in community mental health which has given me a great deal of experience working with clients with severe cases of depression, and anxiety. I have had the opportunity to work closely for Victims of Crime utilizing the evidenced based modality Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for those who struggle with past trauma and abuse. As a former therapist for the Los Angeles Drug Court system, I know that many people who develop an addiction have done so based on a past trauma.
Within this time, I have worked with families to help them restabilize and reconnect. If you are a struggling parent, you may find reassurance in my ability to help you restructure your family and address relationship issues based on current needs.
I am a strong believer in mindfulness based practices and cognitive behavioral therapy to help you meet your goals. Mindfulness can be used to increase self awareness in many areas of life and CBT provides a simple framework in which the client can grasp inside and outside of session.
I respect your willingness and determination to seek services. Your treatment goals whether long or short term will be made my priority. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you. I love what I do and I hope to meet you. If you are interested in pursuing mental health services with me, please contact me or visit my Portland mental health blog.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
I also have experience in Addictions, Relationship, Grief, Parenting, Anger, Self esteem, Career
California LMFT #91418 (Expires: 2017-11-30)
Oregon LMFT # T1276 (Expires: 2017-11-30)