I hold a Master of Arts in Counseling from Western Seminary in Portland, OR, and a B.A. in Psychology from San Jose State University. I’m a Certified Brainspotting Therapist, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and trained in Gottman Method for couples therapy. I am also a Certified Trauma Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST) Therapist. TIST is an integrative approach that incorporates mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, ego state techniques, and Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS). This therapy is especially successful for the treatment of Complex PTSD, attachment trauma, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, addictions, eating disorders, and dissociative disorders.
I am a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and working toward my certificate in Advanced Studies of Trauma and Dissociation through their Center of Advanced Studies in Trauma and Dissociation for professionals.
I started my early work in crisis counseling in the Bay area of California. Later, I served as a mentor and lay counselor in at a transitional home for foster youth. When I relocated to Portland, I used my crisis counseling skills and humor (this isn’t vouched for) as a guidance counselor for junior high and high schoolers. My clinical experience as a therapist includes providing trauma-informed counseling for adults, couples, and teens in community mental healthcare and now in my own private practice.