Philosophy and Approach
I believe everyone can feel whole and fully alive by connecting to the inner guidance within each of us. I engage the mind, body, and spirit in the therapy process as a way to aliveness and wellness. I offer an eclectic approach to therapy, and use Somatic Experiencing, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Repossessing (EMDR) when appropriate to move past blocks. I bring professional and life experience, integrity and kindness to the therapeutic relationship. Within that relationship, I wholeheartedly maintain a space of hopeful possibility for my clients while acknowledging the truth of their lived experience. Because I believe mind, body, emotions, and spirit are inseparable I prefer to work collaboratively with expert practitioners of healing disciplines like massage, acupuncture, naturopathy, and chiropractic. I believe past trauma is literally embodied, and therapy and body-centered healing arts combine synergistically to identify, explore, and resolve past experiences that block wellness.
Formal Education and Training
I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in History and a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology, both from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. My undergraduate work focused on minority history and cultures, including Women in the United States. My Master’s Degree coursework included: Counseling Children, Adolescents and Adults, Diagnosing and Treating Children, Adolescents and Adults, and Working with Sexual Minorities. In my post graduate training I have focused on early childhood attachment, trauma recovery, depression, psychoanalytic theory, interpersonal neurobiology, emotion focused therapy, somatic experiencing, and women’s empowerment. I am a Certified EMDR Therapist (Eye Movement Desensitization and Repossessing,) and a SoulCollage® Facilitator. I recently completed a three year training program to become a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) through the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.
As a Licensee of the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, I abide by its Code of Ethics. To maintain my license I am required to participate in continuing education, taking classes dealing with subjects relevant to this profession.
My fees are $225 for the initial intake session, $150 per hour; $200 for 75-90 minute sessions, and $50 per session for groups. When there is a financial hardship, the client may arrange for a lower fee that is acceptable to both of us. These fees do not change for Telehealth Sessions.
As a client of an Oregon licensee you have the following rights:
- To expect that a licensee has met the qualifications of training and experience required by state law:
- To examine public records maintained by the Board and to have the Board confirm credentials of a licensee;
- To obtain a copy of the Code of Ethics; (Oregon Administrative Rules 833-100)
- To report complaints to the Board;
- To be informed of the cost of professional services before receiving the services;
- To be assured of privacy and confidentiality while receiving services as defined by rule or law, with the following exceptions: 1) Reporting suspected child abuse; 2) Reporting imminent danger to client or others; 3) Reporting information required in court proceedings or by client’s insurance company, or other relevant agencies; 4) Providing information concerning licensee case consultation or supervision; and 5) Defending claims brought by client against licensee;
- To be free from discrimination because of age, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, national origin, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, or socioeconomic status.
You may contact the Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists at:
3218 Pringle Rd SE #120, Salem, OR 97302-6312. Telephone: (503) 378-5499
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.oregon.gov/OBLPCT
For additional information about this counselor or therapist, consult the Board’s website.