About Me

When I was seventeen, I watched a close friend transform his life. He’d experienced considerable anxiety for as long as I’d known him, until in high school he broke through it all through a spiritual practice. He went on to lead a spiritual community with a kind of joy that awakened my own longing for maturation.

I eventually found inspiration through meditation, which included a year of residential practice and initiated a tangible healing process.  I also began working with a few skilled therapists, providing the relational context I needed to access a more intimate way of being in the world.

I’ve spent the following years studying experiential and somatically-based therapies, such as Hakomi and Somatic Experiencing, while completing a master’s degree in counseling.  I now work with individuals, couples, and groups in private practice. I’m a Registered Intern through the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists and under the ongoing supervision of Amy Ponteri, LPC, ATR-BC.

I consider it a great blessing to be involved in work that I love within a wonderful community of clients, colleagues, family, and friends.  Apart from counseling, I also love growing veggies, movement practices, and escaping for hikes throughout the Northwest.


Inspiration

 

The following is a list of organizations that inspire me. I provide them in the belief that the more you know about therapy as a client, the better chance we have of building a strong healing relationship:

 

The Hakomi Institute:
Extensive information about Hakomi, including an international directory of practitioners, a calendar of workshops and trainings, an online professional journal, and many other resources.

Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute:
Dedicated to resolving trauma through professional training and public education in Somatic Experiencing, as developed by Peter A. Levine.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute:
An international educational organization dedicated to the study and teaching of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a somatic approach to clinical psychotherapy.

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) Institute:
Offering training, supervision, workshops, and resources for advancing the practice and growth of AEDP; drawing from attachment theory, affective neuroscience, body-focused approaches, and transformational studies.

Mindful Experiential Therapy Approaches (META):
A local educational organization, counseling clinic, and association of practitioners.

The Breathe Network:
Connecting survivors of sexual violence with sliding-scale, trauma-informed, holistic healing arts practitioners.