I believe every individual has an innate capacity to grow, heal, and change if they are provided a safe, supportive, and encouraging environment. In my work I combine aspects of Gestalt Therapy with character analytic and body-centered Reichian Therapy (also known as orgone therapy) to provide a holistic, relational, and experiential approach to change and growth.
I work with adults and adolescents struggling with:
- depression and anxiety
- relating to others
- grief and loss
- recovery from drug or alcohol abuse and dependence
- psychosomatic complaints
In my view, people are naturally vibrant and healthy. However, our access to that vibrancy often becomes blocked as we are forced to adjust to life’s challenges. As a result, we are left with feelings of sadness, anger, fear, anxiety, emptiness, and loneliness. Often these problems also manifest themselves in our bodies through tension, rigidity, illness, or other chronic somatic symptoms. I work to help people gain awareness of how and why they have lost access to meaningful parts of themselves, find ways to remove blocks to emotional growth, and to find ways of moving towards a life that feels more connected, alive, and fluid.
With the right person, therapy can be collaborative, creative, and life changing. It can help with acute problems or long-standing issues. In order to make therapy as meaningful as possible, I strive to see and hear all of what makes a person who they are. To do this, I attend to past and present circumstances, thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and the body. I shape my therapeutic approach to my clients' goals and needs. In session, this can range from straightforward problem-solving to exploring long-term patterns and chronic issues.
Most insurance plans will cover psychotherapy with a licensed psychologist and I am happy to bill your insurance as an out-of-network provider. I offer a free 30-minute consultation.
My office is located in downtown Portland on the corner of SW 10th Ave. and SW Washington St., in the 511 Building. It is convenient to all modes of public transportation. For those that drive, there is street parking available or a paid parking lot on the backside of the building.