I specialize in helping women (18+) change patterns of self-criticism, perfectionism, and shame that are contributing to symptoms of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and codependency/relationship problems.
Trauma (PTSD, Complex PTSD, Religious Trauma) is a large area of interest for me and I am currently in the process of becoming a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.
I am also skilled in working with issues related to codependency. I am particularly passionate about helping individuals who are struggling with supporting loved ones affected by mental health problems.
Approach to therapy
Therapy is a process that can be hard to describe in general terms. But my overall approach to therapy involves two main factors. One, is to reduce issues related to shame and increase self-acceptance. I have found that feeling ashamed of ourselves and judging ourselves harshly are big factors in keeping us stuck in our lives. The second part is to make unconscious psychological processes more conscious so they can be evaluated and then, if desired, changed. We can’t change what we aren’t aware of and we all have feelings, thoughts, motivations, and patterns that are below the surface but still heavily impact how we feel and behave. Bringing those to our consciousness creates the opportunity for major change in our emotions, thoughts, and relationships.
Education and Training
I completed my Doctorate of Clinical Psychology (PsyD) in August of 2014 at George Fox University in Newberg, OR. I also hold a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from George Fox University (2011) and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Trinity International University (2009). I completed my doctoral Internship and Residency at Western Psychological & Counseling Services in Portland, OR. I have received training in various environments including Community Mental Health, residential Eating Disorder treatment, and University and Community College settings.