I became a counselor because I have personally experienced and witnessed in others the amazing impact that emotional healing can have in life. As a counselor, I am genuine, candid, respectful, and always striving to be supportive of the unique needs of each person. I approach the counseling process with a perspective that clients are intrinsically valuable and deserve respect. My role as a counselor is to help clients identify current areas needing growth, strategies to achieve higher possibilities, and hope that success is achievable. I view counseling as a process in which counselors support and walk along side people on a journey toward self-discovery and emotional healing.
Based on treatment needs of each individual, I use an integrative approach to counseling. This means I may utilize an array of treatment strategies to best meet the needs of each client. As a licensed professional counselor in Oregon, I have several years of employment focusing on therapy with children, adults, individuals, families, couples, and groups. I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling from George Fox University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Western Baptist College. In addition, I have completed continuing education related to counseling survivors of domestic violence, childhood sexual abuse, trauma, play therapy, and Parent Child Interaction Therapy. I also have a background in using art to facilitate creative emotional expression.
Currently, I am partnered with Valley Mental Health, a community mental health clinic providing counseling, medication management, and case management services. Please see the FAQ section for more information about Valley Mental Health.
When I’m not counseling, I enjoy artistic endeavors, cooking, reading, gardening, hanging out with my two dogs, and spending time with my family.