Therapy with Me

My therapy style is eclectic, drawing from Structural, Narrative, Emotion Focused, and Internal Family Systems Therapy. Sessions with me are goal-directed but not super structured, meaning we will always be working toward your larger goals while allowing flexibility to explore emotions and experiences that come up in the moment. I may occasionally offer worksheets and structured skills when helpful, but it is not my main approach.

Because I work a limited schedule, therapy with me is best suited for clients who feel generally stable and have skills to manage day-to-day concerns.

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My Approach

I believe that you are the expert on your own experiences in this world. My job is to hear you and reflect, often asking questions about how that experience may be impacted by the people around you, social stigma, and past trauma. I work to increase awareness of how the systems around you may be contributing to current distress, relational issues, and feeling "stuck" or numb. I hope to not only provide you with new tools and coping skills, but to also assist you in developing an understanding of why these are effective and how you got to where you are now. When others' messages and "shoulds" intrude, I work to help reconnect you to your voice.

While growth and therapy are often uncomfortable, they should never feel unsafe. I aim to create a space in which you feel supported in processing your healing and all of the realizations that may come with it.

My Background

I completed my Masters in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy at Lewis & Clark College. Prior to that, I received my Bachelors in Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine.

 

I have experience working with individuals, couples, and families experiencing the impact of anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, disordered eating, chronic illness, grief/loss, as well as the impact of societal oppression and stigma.

As a registered intern, I am currently supervised by:

- April Waggoner, PhD, LMFT, LMHC, LPC

- Sarah Ellenwood, LPC, LMFT

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