My approach to counseling is client-centered and relationally based, which includes acceptance and genuine support around all life experiences. Using an integrative approach grounded in humanistic theory, I facilitate a process of personal discovery, emotional healing and continued growth. I maintain a strengths-based style that empowers individuals to follow their self-direction and to make effective changes in their lives. I also incorporate solution-focused and cognitive techniques in order to address negative patterns of thinking that may interfere with productive living. I am an honest, warm, down to earth person, who appreciates that humor can aid in the healing process.
"The more one can laugh when happy, cry when sad, use anger to set limits, make love passionately, and give and receive tenderness fully and openly, the further one is from suffering." ~ Leslie Greenberg
Education and Training
I have a Master's Degree in Counseling from Portland State University, and am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Oregon. I have been a therapist in private practice for the past ten years. I also hold a Master's degree in Special Education and have nine years of experience teaching and/or counseling students with emotional, behavioral and/or mental health challenges. I am involved in ongoing consultation with qualified professionals, and participate in continuing education classes and workshops on topics relevant to the field.