I look to help clients become more self-aware, which in turn leads them to healthy change.
I listen to understand my clients and to get a better idea of how their thinking affects
their behaviors. I highlight any stuck points they might have and always approach things
from a place of unconditional positive regard and curiosity. I make sure that the
counselor/client relationship is a safe space where one feels comfortable to be their
most authentic self.
I believe that we are all unique individuals and that our various cultures, familial/social systems, genetic makeups, and life experiences affect who we are and the obstacles we may face. I work to highlight client's strengths, and help the client feel confident in relying on these strengths. I believe that the therapist/client relationship leads to new insights, and therefore lasting change for the client. I look to help clients become more self-aware, which in turn leads them to healthy change. My goal is to help clients feel safe and free from judgment during the therapeutic process. I believe that the client is the expert of their own experiences, which I find important when seeing clients of various backgrounds that may or may not be similar to my own.
I have a background of working with clients who have struggled with eating disorders, OCD, anxiety, depression, bullying, social anxiety, and other various forms of trauma. Throughout my experiences as both a recovery coach at a residential eating disorder facility and as a counseling intern I have learned about the complexities of these diagnoses and how best to support those struggling. I have witnessed first hand the importance of a trusting, strong therapeutic relationship and providing a safe place for people to process what they’ve experienced.
I hold a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Portland State University and am under the supervision of Dr. Sanderson.
I am a pacific northwest native and in my free time enjoy spending time with my many pets, watching movies, reading, and trying out different restaurants.