HOW I WORK
I am a curious, caring and passionate person. I love my work and can’t think of any greater privilege than being able to share in the lives of others. I honor this privilege by listening deeply to my clients: with my mind, body and heart.
My work is inspired by existential and insight-oriented traditions and incorporates body-mind-based therapies such as EMDR, mindfulness and somatic experiencing. The extent to which you want to use these interventions is up to you. I am comfortable with whatever process emerges. If you want to talk, we can talk. If you want to breathe, we can breathe.
HOW I GOT HERE
Becoming a therapist and counselor in my forties, I bring the experience and wisdom of half a life well lived, and the enthusiasm and curiosity of someone at the beginning of a great adventure. Life is nothing less, and wants nothing less but that we take our part in it: courageously, faithfully and above all, with great love.
I have always enjoyed working with people and words, helping others translate lived experiences into meaningful narratives. In the decades prior to my work as a therapist, I covered feature stories as a journalist and travel writer, taught yoga, and developed a body-mind centered childbirth education program. As a doula, I supported mothers giving birth and parents grieving the loss of a child.
These experiences flow into my work as a counselor as do over two decades of marriage, motherhood and my yoga practice. Ultimately, my work is a humble expression of my gratitude to share my life with others — backed up by my family, friends, the beautiful city of Portland, and the trees, mountains and rivers surrounding it.
Training and Education:
BA in Journalism, Leipzig University, Germany
MS in Counseling, Portland State University
Certified in Therapy with Adoptive and Foster Families (PSU)
Nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
EMDR, Level 1 & 2
Spiritual Mentorship Training with Shayne Case
Certified yoga instructor
Certified labor doula, DONA
American Counseling Association
Oregon Midwifery Council
Baby Blues Connection
Yoga (studying at Near East Yoga with Casey Palmer)
Hiking & Backpacking