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 began to break through it all through spiritual practice. He went on to exemplify a kind of joy that awakened my own longing for spiritual growth and 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 other relationship types, 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 Susie Snyder, LCSW.

I consider it a great blessing to be involved in work that I love within a wonderful community of clients, colleagues, family, and friends.


Inspiration

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

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.

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

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.

Wise Heart:
Local and online workshops for individuals and couples seeking practical communication, dialogue, and relationship skills, taught by LaShelle Lowe-Chardé.