Professional and Educational Background
I have been counseling individuals and couples in private practice since 2005. Prior to that, I interned at the YWCA counseling center, where I provided low-fee counseling to a diverse population. I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology from University of Oregon. My graduate thesis was on the application of Buddhist ideas and practices to psychotherapy.
I also have post-graduate training in humanistic/existential psychotherapy, mindfulness and psychotherapy, maternal mental health, including perinatal mood disorders, and trauma therapy using various modalities, including expressive arts and somatic approaches. I also have training in working with veterans and veteran families and am an ongoing volunteer with the Returning Veterans Project.
I am a registered intern with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists and work under the supervision of Nelly Kaufer, LPC who has over 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist and is an expert on mindfulness and psychotherapy.
I bring a passion for healing work, a belief in the power of people to change and grow, and a deep respect for the human experience in all its colorful diversity.
I am in a long-term marriage and have two young children. I enjoy yoga, dance, being outdoors, knitting, and travel. Before becoming a psychotherapist, I worked in fundraising and administration for a non-profit environmental group and continue to be a passionate supporter of environmental change. I am dedicated to lifelong learning and growth as a professional, a mother, a partner, and a person. My intellectual interests span the fields of psychology, neurobiology and attachment, spirituality and mindfulness, and parenting.