“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.” – Elizabeth Kubler Ross
I enjoy working with clients of all ages on issues such as trauma, racial identity/adoption issues, emotional regulation, depression/anxiety, and gender identity/transitioning. I work with children and adolescents ages 5-17, because the younger years can be difficult. Some children experience oppositional and defiant behaviors, friendship troubles, bullying, isolation, and “mean girl” dynamics, and I love to help them learn to become happier and healthier in their interactions with their peers and family.
Helping individuals to overcome trauma is my clinical passion, and therefore I am trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I help my clients through a variety of experiences that they may endure, such as physical and sexual abuse, early childhood trauma, death of a parent or sibling, or witnessing something traumatic. Through TF-CBT, I provide guidance as someone works through their trauma and learn how to become less triggered, less afraid, and more confident in moving forward.
In some cases, trauma, depression and anxiety can manifest in externalizing and destructive behaviors such as self-harm and disordered eating/eating disorders. I use a variety of clinical interventions and evidence-based modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to teach distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and relaxation. Often, I use a mix of these modalities to help a client form coping skills and tools to self-regulate in a healthy and productive way.
My personal and clinical passions stem from a trauma-informed and social justice lens, and therefore I am thrilled to work with BIPOC and LGBTQA+ individuals to help explore issues around gender and racial identity. I love to build a fun, approachable, and personalized rapport with everyone I see – no two clients are ever the same. Your diagnosis is a word, but you are you, and we build our individualized therapeutic relationship and treatment plan based off of that.
University of Oregon: Bachelor of Science
Columbia University: Master of Science
Modern Sex Therapy Insititutes: Ph.D. Student
Certified Foster & Adoption Therapist
Collaborative Problem Solving Level I Clinical Training
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Level I Clinical Training