I became a therapist in part because of my experiences growing up, and some of the difficulties that I faced personally and witnessed within my family system. As a result, I approach therapy with an abiding understanding that it is a very individualized and important process. People suffer for a large variety of reasons, but most of that suffering can be reduced or in some cases eliminated by mindful observation of the causes, and a personal dedication to improving our choices and cultivating healthier habits. I greatly enjoy helping people achieve their goals and become the best versions of themselves. Part of my passion includes the world of art, and creative pursuits. I am a musician, a woodworker, and a writer, and I have found significant satisfaction and contentment in pursuing a life of the arts. As part of my therapeutic approach, I consider myself an ambassador for art and creative pursuits of any kind. I also regularly encourage my clients to get outside and get exercise whenever possible. The benefits of this are well-documented and time-tested.
I utilize an eclectic approach that draws on a variety of disciplines and philosophies. I have formal training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Trauma-Focused CBT, EMDR, and conflict de-escalation and resolution. I am also very comfortable approaching things from a spiritual perspective and incorporating my clients’ beliefs into our work together. I believe the stories we tell ourselves are very important. I specialize in working with people who experience anxiety, depression, anger management issues, relationship challenges, and trauma.
I hold a Master of Science degree from Oregon State University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I also hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon.