My treatment philosophy is based on an understanding of how early experiences and relationships shape the course of our lives. I am a down to earth interactive psychotherapist who believes that positive long term change can occur from building a safe therapeutic relationship. I believe it is possible to heal developmental gaps left from experiencing trauma, abuse, addiction or even very covert family patterns that are confusing because your family “looks good”, yet you feel empty, confused, sad and at a loss to explain why. I make use of EMDR, mindfulness, and a body focus at times to help people explore in deeper and more immediate ways.
- Relationship Issues
- Recovering from Narcissistic Parents
- Problems with attachment
- Interplay of Shame, Attachment issues and Trauma
- Anxiety, Depression
- Recovering from Bullying, scapegoating
- Trauma: Family, Relationship, Medical, Religious
- Sex Addiction with non 12 step approach using EMDR
Location: Downtown Portland., 503-242-0233
We will make use of issues that come up in our relationship as well as those occurring in your everyday life in order to explore and understand old wounds and stuck places. I will help you to make links between present life and past family history, and might use dreams, guided imagery, and EMDR (otherwise known as Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) where appropriate. EMDR is a non-touch body-based way of working with trauma, anxiety, phobias, negative beliefs, and has many applications. I have found that it addresses the limitations of “talking” therapy, and encourage clients to make use of EMDR, as it is a safe, powerful tool for deep and lasting change. I am Poly friendly and Kink Aware
FORMAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING
I hold an M.A. degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California. “Integral” refers to the concept of integration of “the religious, mythic and symbolic philosophies of ancient traditions with the empirical, analytic paradigms of modern science”. It represents the idea of the whole person: body, mind, and spirit.
I have been seeing clients since 1990, and am trained and experienced in a variety of areas, including women’s issues, sexual orientation and alternative sexuality, depression and anxiety, relationship issues, couples therapy, attachment issues and shame. I was trained by Pat Carnes at the Meadows in 1999 to work with Sex Addiction. I completed the Level II training in EMDR in 1999 and have continued my study of EMDR with advanced specialized training. In 2003 I completed a six-month training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy to facilitate my understanding of trauma in the body. In 2009 I completed a 3 year intensive training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). The heart of AEDP is about creating secure attachment in the therapy so that feelings that have seemed too overwhelming and hard to experience by oneself can be safely felt and explored with another. In 2012 and 2013 I completed an intensive study of Shame and how unhealed shame affects many aspects of our lives.
My office is in Downtown Portland. Please call if you have questions, at 503-242-0233.