My integrative approach allows me to bring a wide variety of counseling methods and techniques to our work together. Specifically, I often draw upon techniques found in Narrative Therapy, which helps us explore the stories that shape our identities, and focuses on connecting with our personal values and hopes to imagine the possibilities for creating a new story for the future. As we work together, I will tailor my approach to your unique personality, needs and preferences. I may also draw from Solution-Focused Therapy in which we look at what is working well in your life (or what has worked for you in the past) in order to help you envision and move toward a more fulfilling future. My work with couples is also influenced by the work of Dr. Sue Johnson (Emotion Focused Couple Therapy) and Drs. John and Julie Gottman (The Gottman Institute).
I hold a Masters degree in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling from George Fox University. My coursework included studies in family systems, couple therapy, advanced family therapy, traumatology, interpersonal neurobiology, emotion focused therapy, play therapy, addictions, and group therapy. In addition, I have a B.A. in Sociology from Willamette University and professional experience working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence in a shelter setting, with homeless and at-risk youth in a job training program, and as a counselor to individuals, couples and families in a family homeless shelter. My community involvement includes having served as a volunteer community mediator of neighborhood disputes, and as a leader in my faith community. I live in Portland with my husband and children, and enjoy spending my free time exploring all that our gorgeous city has to offer.