My Approach to Helping
I support and encourage people to find their voice and expression in the world. I am particularly passionate about all those who have endured trauma and who feel ostracized from their families and society. Some of these courageous outsiders include; creatives, LGBQT, and people raised in restrictive environments or families affected by addiction.
There are so many ways we adapt to our circumstances, family, society or culture. To fit in, you may feel like you've lost part of yourself. You may feel isolated, like no one can possibly understand or even accept you. You're just surviving to get through the day. If you have not felt valued, certain thoughts and behaviors naturally develop. A few of these qualities include: being judgmental or critical of yourself and others, all or nothing thinking, depression, anxiety, sleep disturbance, isolation and loneliness, perfectionism, feeling responsible for everything, and feeling unloveable.
Wherever you are right now is a perfect place to begin! I don't believe there's anything "wrong" with you. You have adapted to your circumstances and created ways of coping which are now preventing you from living your life the way you would like. By exploring the past and becoming aware of the present, you can practice new ways of relating to yourself, to others, and to the world.
I bring my full self to create a welcoming sanctuary. A safe space for you to open and flourish, to heal and transform. Together, you will move from surviving to thriving.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, and certified in Trauma Informed Services.
More Info About My Practice
Inner SE by Laurelhurst Park.
Our first meeting is complimentary.
Times are flexible.
50 minute session is $100.
Sliding fee spots may be available.
Payment is required at the end of our sessions in the form of cash or a check.
At this time, I do not accept insurance.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I have a special interest in helping adults affected by another person's addictions and Adult Children of Alcoholics. I grew up in a family with alcoholism and have had many different types of relationships that have been affected by addiction. My professional training was in addiction: prevention, treatment, and aftercare. My own journey as an Adult Child of an Alcoholic adds a lot depth to my professional experience.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy offers a safe place to examine yourself and grow.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
It's an honor to be a witness to each person's unique journey. I am always inspired by people's inner strength and wisdom. I love watching people's self esteem grow and how enthusiastic they become about their lives.
My Role as a Therapist
My role is to support my clients in the goals they want to achieve. I offer objectivity, humor, encouragement, guidance as well as teach new coping skills.
My Therapy Focus
Your focus is my focus. I am very clear that I am here to support you. I believe in your inner wisdom.
What I Usually Need to Know to Help
I don't need to know any specific information to help you. I will listen and learn about you in due course. You will reveal what you want as you feel safe to do so.
My Guiding Ethical Principles
It's very simple...
I follow what is in your best interest.
I am honest & transparent, practice my own self-care, have clear boundaries and follow the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Therapists and Counselors code of ethics.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Just like not every pair of jeans fit, not every counselor is going to fit you. I encourage you to trust yourself. Meet with several counselors and see who you trust. Remember that you can leave at any time.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
I believe in your inner strength and wisdom. I applaud you in leaving the situation and taking care of yourself. You are seeking therapy because you believe it will be helpful, trust yourself in that endeavor. Take your time in finding a new therapist, sometimes it takes some patience. Again, trust yourself...
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
Trust and a feeling of connection.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
I know what it feels like to be depressed, to be anxious, to be afraid, the list goes on...I can empathize from a very real place. Through my own journey, I have found that with deliberate awareness and action, pain can be transformed. We are all humans working with challenges, myself included.