My clients and I tend to build a strong relationship fairly quickly. I attribute this to my inclination to be honest and direct while maintaining empathy and a non-judgmental stance. Clients will learn early on that they will be given useful feedback about their concerns, patterns or relating styles so we can readily get to the work of finding a new way. My humor will inevitably join us in session and I invite you to bring yours as well. While psychotherapy is often focused on the painful and dark aspects of our lives, in reality, some of what each of us does in life is simply funny.
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist trained at the APA accredited Clinical Psychology program at Pacific University. I completed my internship at the University of Puget Sound’s Counseling Health and Wellness Services (CHWS) in Tacoma, Washington. I completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship with Kaiser Permanente in Salem, OR. I am a member of Postpartum Support International (PSI) and completed their certificate program in Maternal Mental Health. I regularly attend conferences and obtain continuing education credits in the field of Maternal Mental Health. My training also consisted of a two year elective program at the Gestalt Therapy Training Center-Northwest where I studied the theory and art of Gestalt Therapy techniques as well as a four year Contemporary Reichian Training Program with Dr. Daniel Schiff, Ph.D.