I have been a student of meditation for over 25 years, and incorporate mindfulness into my work.
Before my career as a therapist, I was a licensed massage therapist working predominantly in hospice home care. This is where I learned the importance of healing past emotional wounds and why I went into training for psychotherapy. The dying process is like a forced meditation. During the dying process, in many cases, deep introspection occurs. I found that during this time many of the emotional wounds people have held on to their whole lives come up to be healed and addressed. I went into psychotherapy because I felt that healing these wounds before the dying process could create freedom in life; that we don't have to wait until we're dying to experience this kind of freedom of being who we really are.
I've been involved in music performance and have insight into the high demands and perfectionism that can go along with being in the arts. I feel that in order to create art with depth, one must feel deeply. At times, it can be hard to hold those feelings. I can help with this.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (ID #C2876) with the State of Oregon and I have earned a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. I am also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). I am also a member of the American Counseling Association.