I believe that therapy is a collaborative endeavor between the therapist, the client, and the client’s family, partners, and friends. It is my goal as your therapist to use my knowledge and skills to facilitate growth that will have a long-lasting impact on your life and the world around you.
I lead with empathy, compassion, openness, collaboration, and humility. We all have a wealth of strengths that help us to get through difficult times. We will uncover and reinforce those strengths to live a life filled with more hope, joy, and passion.
My training in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy utilizes a systemic, non-pathologizing lens to deconstruct problems that you may be experiencing. I look more broadly at the patterns, dynamics, and relationships within our lives that maintain the problems we experience. Like throwing a pebble into one end of a pond, ripples can be felt on the other side; small changes in one area of your life will influence others. Together in therapy, we will move through some of the most difficult times in your life and identify solutions that will help you meet your goals.
I believe in the power of connection and the human capacity for resilience. As your therapist, I'll strive to build connections and resiliency in your life by creating a safe space to heal from emotional pain and overcome your struggles. Together we will work towards the person that you want to be.
I am honored to have the privilege to witness how courageous and strong the human mind and spirit can be and greatly enjoy helping others.
I grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin with my parents and older brother. I went to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where I met my loving husband and best friend. We moved to Portland, OR, where I received a Masters degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy from Lewis and Clark Graduate School in 2016. I am working towards my clinical license in Marriage and Family Therapy.
I have been working with families since 2010 and have been clinically helping individuals, couples, and families along their journeys since 2013. I have worked in a state-funded problem gambling program, a residential treatment center for drug and alcohol abuse, and community counseling clinics where I provided services for many struggles that people experience, including: traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, communication issues, and parenting difficulties. I have also worked with families that have children who are gender diverse.
I pursue my clinical interests on an international level, working closely with a counselor training institute in Fort Portal, Uganda. I have provided clinical services, clinical trainings, and classes in Uganda, and have received training from my Ugandan colleagues over the past 4 years.