What I Believe
Through my work as a therapist, I see each person I work with as a separate individual. I truly believe that everyone tries the hardest they can to meet their own goals. But often, people come up against roadblocks they didn't expect, or feel like they can't overcome. These can include unexpected or overpowering thoughts and feelings, past traumas and experiences coming back to the surface, or a lack of hope or self-confidence. When that happens, it can be helpful to talk to a therapist, an objective person who's specially trained to guide you through all of these roadblocks, and many more.
My experiences as a counselor have been broad. I have worked in counseling agencies, psychiatric crisis centers, hospitals, universities, and schools. I have provided couples counseling to clients across the gender and orientation spectrum. I have taught parenting classes, led support groups, and created boundary and social skill classes for homeless women transitioning into housing. I have worked with people of all ages, including families and couples. Most often, my work has focused on helping women and trauma survivors reach their goals for healing, self-acceptance, and growth.
Some of the many topics I have worked with:
My Education and Certification
I have a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. This degree is a mental health counseling degree with extra coursework related to the specifics of disability and mental health. My research focused on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which included how traumatic experiences impact the mind and body. As a result of this extra training, I am also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).
I am also a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). In the state of Oregon, licensure requires completing a masters program, obtaining at least 2,400 hours of direct face-to-face counseling experience (beyond graduate school), and the completion of years of individual supervision with another licensed counseling supervisor. Additionally, you must pass a certification exam. In my case, I passed the Certified Rehabilitation Counseling exam (CRCC), when also enables me to have certification as a CRC, as described above.
Being an LPC also means I am required to partake in at least 20 credit hours of continuing education every 2 years, though I often take more classes than are required. Part of being a therapist means I am required to continue taking classes throughout my career. Because of this, my education and experience is always growing, and I keep up with the latest research on effective treatment.
I am supervised by the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists. Previously, my registered supervisor was Johnnie Burt, LPC.
In my free time, I enjoy creating art, baking, hiking, and writing. I also love to play board and video games, and have a particular affection for comedy. Some of my biggest joys include making and sharing delicious food, volunteering for projects I care about, and collecting obscure facts. I am currently trying to learn Spanish and taking classes in martial arts.
If you want to learn more about counseling or are interested in working with me to achieve your mental health goals, please contact me.