I began my career in 1991 as an Early Childhood Educator. Teaching at Head Start by day and attending school nights and weekends. I was able to earn a Bachelors's Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in Human Development and Education. Upon graduating from the Linfield Adult Degree Program in 2000, I began my Master's Degree Program in Social Work at Portland State University. My training included both General Mental Health Care and specialized training in Trauma Recovery. I graduated with my Master's in Social Work (MSW) degree in 2002 and immediately began supervised practice of mental health therapy as an Outpatient Therapist at The Child Center where I completed the requirements for Oregon State Licensure. I became licensed in the State of Oregon (LCSW #L3797) in 2006 and began this private practice where I have the privilege of providing mental health therapy services and consultation ever since.
Over the course of my career, I have completed extensive training in a variety of approaches and techniques to mental health treatment so that, together, we can select from a host of science and evidence based practices those that are mostly likely to be effective for the unique person you are, all within the sanctuary of a compassionate, warm and supportive relationship.
My training includes but is not limited to: Mindfulness Practice, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Recovery, Attachment Theory, Neurobiology, Family Systems, Solution Focused, and Expressive Arts Therapy. My work reflects my values and I sincerely and intently endeavor to make all of my work Strengths Focused, Collaborative, Trauma Informed, Anti-Racist, and LGBTQA+ Affirming.