I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters in Social Work from Portland State University (Oregon License number L4631). I have over 11 years experience working with individuals and couples (GLBT and straight) in agency, medical, and private practice settings.
My approach uses components of Family Systems, noting the power that our relationships have in shaping our perspectives, and Interpersonal Neurobiology, looking to address the way that our brains function and how we can use that understanding to shape new perspectives. I look to mindfulness as a tool to help people increase their awareness of the nuances of relationships, stresses and coping. Compassion and curiosity guide my work with people and I like to allow humor to bubble up wherever it can because, you know, laughter.
When I work with couples, I refer to aspects of the training I received in the Gottman Method, which emphasizes research based information about how to best support couples' connection and communication.
I have also been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and use it to help people heal from distressing and traumatic experiences.
I have worked with a variety of people within communities that are marginalized: those that identify within the LGBTQI community, people of color, people who have immigrated to the U.S., and people who identify as working class. I have also worked with people of deep religious faith. People within these groups can share a sense of wariness regarding therapy and the therapist's ability to acknowledge important cultural and identity factors. I have an awareness and understanding of that wariness, which is helpful. I also continually educate myself about people's experiences within these communities, how my biases may arise, and how to uncover and work on repairing my own mistakes. Even so, I am careful to listen to each individual and attune to what is most relevant to their experience.