Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
” You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
I enjoy working with children, adolescents, teenagers, adults, couples and families. As a primarily Person-Centered therapist, I believe YOU are the expert of your own story, and that nobody knows or understands the experiences, joys, pains, sorrows and emotional growth you’ve experienced better than you. As your therapist, I will seek to become a helper, accountability-provider, advocate and cheerleader for you as you work toward your goals.
I utilize an integrative approach, incorporating metaphor and visualization techniques, as well as interventions from Attachment Theory (assessing child-parent relationships), Emotionally Focused Therapy (looking at emotional/relational dynamics), Restoration Therapy (identifying safety & identity patterns), Child-Centered Play Therapy (utilizing children’s natural language: play), Strengths-Based Therapy (focusing on inherent strengths and resourcefulness), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (understanding the relationship between our thoughts, feelings and behaviors), and Sandtray Therapy (creating worlds in sand to depict stories/emotions/concepts). I welcome clients of all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, religious/spiritual beliefs, sexual orientations, gender identities and abilities.
I obtained my Master’s degree in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling from George Fox University, and am pursuing licensure in the State of Oregon. I am under the supervision of both Kristen Poppert, LPC and Terese Thompson, LPC.
I have experience working with a diverse range of clients and issues. For instance, I spent a year-long internship counseling primarily 8-12 year-olds experiencing Autism, ADD/ADHD, historical/current trauma, and emotional regulation challenges. I also spent two years working as a Career Coach assisting college students in uncovering their natural strengths and honing their professional skills. I then spent over a year counseling children, teenagers, adults, couples and families experiencing a host of issues, including anxiety, depression, self-harm, divorce, communication issues, parenting concerns, relationship issues and identity concerns.
I love the variety of working with a wide range of clients. It provides a helpful reminder that, although we may feel alone, we all experience many of the same core challenges/concerns and, at the heart of things, we all wish to be seen, heard, understood and loved.
Outside of Work
I enjoy spending time with my husband, going out to restaurants, trying out new foods, hiking, spending time with friends, reading, listening to podcasts, relaxing at home, and watching my favorite TV shows.
Supervised by Terese Thompson, LPC #C5154
- Identity Issues
- Self-Confidence/Self-Esteem Issues
- Relationship Issues
- Communication Issues