MA, LPC intern
Holistic Mental Health Therapy
for Individuals and Groups
Integral mental health therapy is fundamentally oriented toward wholeness. As the name suggests, this form of therapy works towards the integration of all aspects of the person - body, mind, and spirit. Integral therapy begins with a basic attitude that all people have a tremendous capacity for change, and that we all contain within us a natural impulse towards healing.
Therapy is a collaborative relationship, and you will be invited to “lead the way” as we explore what is present for you. In session, I incorporate a variety of approaches to meet your unique goals. These include humanistic-existential, psychodynamic, transpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral modalities. It is important to me that you feel seen, heard, and empowered in the therapy process. Together, we will work towards the creation of an atmosphere of safety and trust that supports your healing process.
It is my experience that "what is in the way is the way," and that every challenge presents an opportunity for growth. In order to achieve real change, we must first accept ourselves, our relationships, and our lives exactly as they are. I will support you to arrive in the present moment. Together, we will turn towards your experiences, even those that have been pushed away or forgotten.
Part of therapy is reestablishing a sense of connection with ourselves, with others, and with the world around us, including nature. It is my goal to support this integration, and to walk with you as you navigate your unique process of healing and growth. By patiently and compassionately working together on your therapeutic goals, we will create conditions that encourage a natural state of clarity, peace, lightness, connection, and inner freedom to emerge. Through this process, our work together may perhaps approach the original meaning of psychotherapy: psyche-therapy, or, "the healing of the soul."
"As the self becomes more integrated and stably coherent, an integrated, soul-centered psychotherapy can bring out the clarity and light, the peace and delight of our true nature, so that it may suffuse our normal existence and gradually transform this life into a higher, nobler, more loving and joyous living."
-Brant Cortright, Integral Psychology: Yoga, Growth, and Opening the Heart
When working with addiction issues, I utilize a harm reduction approach. Harm reduction begins with a compassionate acceptance of our behaviors, combined with an honest consideration of the benefits and consequences that a particular substance or activity creates for us. As opposed to a top-down, abstinence-based approach, harm reduction holds that greater self-acceptance and self-love can lead to making healthier choices. Complete abstinence from a substance or behavior may be helpful for certain people at certain times, but it is not a realistic prescription for all people in all circumstances.
My goal is to help you to create healthy relationships with the substances, beliefs, behaviors, and people you engage with in your life. Are these relationships supporting or hindering your life goals? Are they creating greater satisfaction or greater suffering? Together, we will take an honest look at your areas of concern, and explore ways to enhance your sense of balance, clarity, freedom of choice, and satisfaction.
In the treatment of substance or behavioral dependency, more intensive and/or specialized care is often needed. If this is the case for you, I will work with you to help you find further treatment that is appropriate for your unique needs, desires, and values.
In my practice, I strive to create a space that welcomes all clients regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, or other aspect of difference. I recognize that many individuals feel overlooked, disregarded, or discriminated against within this country’s mental health system. I welcome your unique identity, and the way you make meaning in your life.
I believe that diversity and difference are profound gifts, and I actively practice cultural humility and anti-racism in my personal and professional life. I welcome the ways in which we are different from one another, for it is through relating to one another, inclusive of our differences, that we come to know ourselves and the infinite variety of human experience.
If you do not feel that we are a good fit, I am happy to refer you to another trusted professional.
"For there to be a world at all, every indigenous, natural thing must start singing its song, dancing its dance, moving and breathing according to its own nature, saying its name, manifesting simultaneously its secret spiritual signature."
-Martín Prechtel, Secrets of the Talking Jaguar
Areas of Focus:
Harm Reduction and Integration
Adolescence and Early Adulthood
I am a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California, where I received a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Integral Counseling Psychology. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Registered Intern based in Portland, Oregon. My primary supervisor is Daniel Donohue, LCSW (lic #6067). My graduate and post-graduate experience includes working as an outpatient alcohol and chemical-dependency counselor, school-based mental health therapist, and intensive outpatient mental health therapist.
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I developed an appreciation for the natural world from a young age. Ever since I was a child, I have enjoyed exploring the forests, rivers, mountains, deserts and coastline of the western United States. Nature has always been a refuge for me, and a place I still go to for my own healing and sense of well-being. Today, I enjoy hiking, cross-country skiing, and cycling, and appreciate the abundant access to the outdoors here in Portland.
I have always felt called to the inner journey of self-discovery and healing, and have supported others in the field of natural healing and personal growth for many years as a yoga instructor, bodyworker, and workshop leader. In addition, while pursuing an undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon, I developed a strong interest in multiculturalism and social justice.
Through my own explorations, I have found that the process of healing is not so much the attainment of something new or outside of myself - rather, it has been the gradual discovery of something that is already within. This discovery has led to new life-choices that are in greater alignment with my sense of self. This personal journey informs my work as a therapist, for I believe it is essential for healing professionals to also be engaged in their own growth and learning.
It is important that you feel that your therapist is a good match for you.
I welcome you to contact me to schedule a free initial 20-minute consultation
so that I may answer any questions you may have.
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Available throughout the week. Please contact me to schedule.
Individuals - $90 for 50 minutes
Couples and Families - $110 for 60 minutes
Cash, Check, Visa/Mastercard accepted.
I am unable to bill insurance at this time.
I offer a limited number of sliding-scale appointments for those with financial need.