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 have a background of working with adolescents who have struggled with eating disorders, OCD, anxiety, depression, bullying, and social anxiety. Throughout my time working at a residential eating disorder facility I learned about the complexities of these diagnoses and how best to support those struggling, especially during the challenging time that is adolescence. I 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 am currently a Master’s level student of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Portland State University. 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.
In my free time I love to read, spend time with my family and friends, play with my Basset Hound, and try out the many amazing restaurants the Portland Metro area has to offer.