My Approach

Above all else, I believe in the healing power of relationship. During therapy, we co-create a space that provides you with the safety to explore your feelings, challenge old assumptions and stories, and do the brave work of transformation. My work involves us noticing and responding together to whatever unfolds, and using the therapeutic relationship to unearth compassion and create change. I believe we all have the innate capacity to do this, but sometimes we need a little boost from an ally to remember what we're capable of.

Sometimes we can't express our feelings verbally, or words might not be enough. My training in art therapy means that our work may include using symbols, imagery, and creative expression, if that works for you. Art-making may provide you with the language needed to give a feeling form.

The therapeutic models that best describe my approach include attachment theory and EFT (emotionally-focused therapy),  interpersonal neurobiology, and family systems theory.

My counseling work is also informed by a commitment to understanding dynamics of privilege and oppression.

Background

I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Oregon and Washington.

I have specific training and experience in working with:

  • Trauma

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Grief and Loss

  •  LGBTQI individuals and relationships

  • Survivors of sexual abuse and their families

  • Blended and non-traditional families

  • Teens

Education

Masters Degree in Psychology and Art Therapy - Antioch University Seattle

Bachelors Degree in Visual and Environmental Studies - Harvard University

Why Nautilus?

The nautilus exemplifies personal empowerment, adaptation, and beauty. As it gets bigger, it outgrows old chambers of its shell. So it builds new ones in a perfect outward spiral, each one bigger than the last, to continuously provide itself with home and protection. It already has all the resources needed for growth and survival within itself. We, too, are capable of such beautiful adaptation and expansion. Even when we feel like something isn't right and life is pressing in on us, growth is always possible.