I have been a student of meditation for over 30 years, and incorporate mindfulness into my work. I have also engaged in various different spiritual practices and study throughout my adult life. I love holding space for other's spiritual inquiry/path. I have completed the Death Doula Training from The Inelda Institute. I have been in private practice as a psychotherapist since 2006.
Before my career as a psychotherapist, I was a licensed massage therapist working predominantly in hospice home care. The dying process is like a forced meditation. In many cases, deep introspection occurs, which is where self-compassion and spiritual practice can be very helpful for a peaceful transition. 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.
Among other things, I feel most connected and at peace when I am writing, playing music, and being in nature with my beloved pets (I have two dogs and one cat who hikes with me on a leash right alongside his canine siblings.) I understand intimately the power of connecting spiritual practice with my creative outlets. I am called to this career because I have benefited from what I have learned from my teachers and mentors. I am grateful for all who have helped me to stay on track with my goals and understand the roots of my limited belief systems so that I may break through them.
I trained in EMDR, Somatic therapy, CBT, Gottman Technique, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, The Enneagram and many other modalities that I use to help each of my clients in whatever unique way they need. My current training and passion is in Nutritional therapy and how supplements and diet may help our mental health issues.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (ID #C2876) in the State of Oregon and I have earned a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. I am also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a member of the American Counseling Association.