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My practice is guided by a belief in people’s basic capacity for healing despite suffering. In my work I have witnessed remarkable growth and adaptation in response to challenges that we face throughout the lifespan. I believe in the power of a therapeutic relationship to support growth, and a return to health when life's challenges seem greater than our capacity to cope with them. I consider all people resourceful and capable of finding ways to improve their lives and relationships. Oftentimes problems arise when we are searching for ways to cope with difficult situations; as a result, behaviors make sense when understood in the context in which they are happening.
I rely heavily on evidence-based DBT and CBT assumptions to support conceptualization of problem formation and the change process. I strive to help people learn needed skills, such as mindfulness or emotion regulation, to improve their relationships and quality of life. I use a strengths-based, solution focused approach in order to expand upon individual strengths, and explore new possible solutions to problems. A developmental lens helps me maintain focus on key tasks associated with the life cycle phase my client is currently in, and normalize challenges associated with transitions. Finally, I value working from a multicultural framework, meaning that I consider; 1) ways that my own identity and my client(s) identity may interact, and influence my client’s experience and 2) how cultural identity impacts my clients’ worldview, conceptualization of strengths and challenges, and what may be perceived as viable solutions to challenges.
When working with couples and families, I employ emotionally-focused therapy, which means that I value my relationship with my client(s), and recognize from an attachment perspective how central our close relationships are to maintaining overall mental and emotional health. Applying an attachment model to adult love relationships helps me to work compassionately with partners’ struggling with strong emotional reactions to one another.
My approach to supervision is guided by core assumptions that I hold about individuals’ change process, and vital ingredients in relationships that support growth. Theoretical assumptions that inform my supervisory style include the developmental model, and my background using Dialectical –Behavioral, and Emotionally Focused couples therapy. I believe a safe, trusting bond serves as a foundation from which change can occur (important in both DBT and EFT). Due to my belief that there are many paths to a successful outcome, I am able to take a strengths-based approach to the supervisory relationship in which I support clinicians drawing from their talents and skills as they nurture client change. At times, this may mean providing space for a supervisee to guide clients in a different manner than I might choose to (except in situations where client welfare might be impacted). I typically provide different amounts and kinds of support/direction for beginning, middle, and experienced supervisees.
I love spending time outdoors, enjoying all Oregon has to offer! I especially love running, yoga, going to the coast, and camping in the Summer. I spend a lot of time with family and friends, and like to cook for myself and others.