I believe that out of life's transitions, transformation and growth are possible. I understand that just as we can be wounded in relationship, we can be healed in relationship. I'm a passionate believer in the equality of all people.
My approach to therapy is rooted in the belief that the answers we need – to heal our wounds, change our behaviors, and become whole – rest inside of us. I work to create a non-judgmental space for my clients to explore themselves and to grow in self-awareness and self-acceptance. In our work together I'll be honest and direct, gentle and compassionate.
I value growth and creativity. I'm interested in how the mind, body, and spirit work together. I enjoy exploring new creative outlets. I love music, photography, and dance. I'm a student of meditation and a yoga instructor.
Before I was a therapist, I worked in the corporate world. During this time, I witnessed many of the complicated challenges women face as professionals, as business owners, as mothers, as daughters, as partners, and as friends to one another. It was this experience that led me to become a Therapist.
I attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. During graduate school I completed two years of advanced training in Mindfulness & Behavior Therapies and specialized in working with survivors of childhood sexual trauma. Since graduating I received additional training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples, Experiential Therapy, Relational Psychotherapy, and Mindful Self-Compassion and bio-feedback.
In 2016 I started my private practice to offer women a compassionate and nonjudgemental place to talk through the many challenges they face. My hope was to eventually grow into a group practice. In 2019 I brought on my first intern and we've grown from there. I value community and believe that as therapists we benefit greatly from doing our work with the support and care of trusted colleagues. My hope is that North Star Counseling is a place where self-care is prioritized and our team has the resources needed to provide heartfelt care for our clients.
Licenses: Oregon, C4447. |. Washington, LMHC 60665316
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