I have twenty plus years experience in clinical social work including three years of an active private practice. I am person centered, strength based and outcome oriented. I believe in people and their ability to work through life challenges. I believe in guiding people to access their full potential. I believe that we are whole but occasionally get into places that need outside perspective to help sort through the rough places. I believe that choosing therapy is a healthy alternative to staying in a place of dis-ease and pain. I believe in change and the power of the brain to help us rewrite our story to fit our current needs and desires. I believe that the heart does not lie to us and the more we can find balance in our lives the more we find contentment. I draw from many theoretical perspectives cognitive behavior, mindfulness, person centered but believe that relationship is where trust grows and change happens. I believe in creating a trusting therapeutic alliance and use that relationship to help people work through relationship issues outside the office. I use client feedback and client empowerment as key cornerstones of therapy. As a social worker I also consider other systems as influences over our functioning i.e., family, peers, racism, homophobia, classism, religion, and disfranchisement.
I work with Interns to create safety and trust to learn through nonjudgmental practice. I use the experience of self in therapy and the issues of transference and counter transference. I work to use experience with knowledge, practical application of theoretical ideas. I believe that learning happens when the intern can feel safe to make mistakes and be human.
Native Californian living in Oregon for the past 20 years. Proud father of two amazing sons. I enjoy making sure things are better then when I found them, social activism, gardening, commuting by bike, hiking, music, art, and cooking for people.
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