More About Me

IMG_0314I have lived in Eugene most of my life and enjoy reading, watching movies, making things with my hands, drawing, nature and being outside with my family. I have worked as a caregiver in an assisted living facility for the elderly, a research assistant with children and families, a science and mathematics teacher for middle schoolers and as a secretary for an international correspondence department. Throughout all of these professions, I realized how much I love to work with people which has led me to therapy, where I can work directly with clients on what is meaningful to them.

I have a master’s of science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Oregon here in Eugene. I have received therapy training and have many years of experience in couples therapy, family therapy, child therapy, treatment of mood disorders as well as trauma and healing. As licensee of the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, I abide by its Code of Ethics and participate in continuing education yearly.

How I Approach Therapy

Therapy should fit your needs. It’s important that what we do together fits with what you desire from therapy. I strive to be collaborative and flexible in order to provide a safe and supportive experience unique to each client. I like to talk with my clients about what has been helpful and unhelpful in therapy so that we can do more of what is helpful and avoid what isn’t helpful. I also like to collaborate with clients and form goals based on what the client wants to achieve in therapy. I appreciate your willingness to attend therapy, and my commitment to you is to provide an experience that is worthy of your time, money and energy. If its not working for you, I want to makes changes until it does or help you find a place that will work better for you.

Relationships are important. I tend to be most interested in relationships. I often focus on interactional processes going on between clients and other important figures in their lives (such as partners, family members or close friends). Important people in our lives tend to have large influence. My belief is that change is most possible when we explore the way we interact these important people. I believe there is no one “right” way to be and that the problems experienced by clients do not lie within individuals or families but in patterns of interaction that can be changed.

To learn more about me and how therapy could be helpful for you, contact me.