As problems develop in our lives it can be difficult to see the whole picture. As a result, the problems we all face often leave us confused, unsure of ourselves, and feeling lost or helpless. In my work as a counselor, I take a practical approach in helping people gain a deeper understanding of their life, relationships, and sense of self. You can expect me to be an understanding and compassionate collaborator while also gently challenging you to consider new perspectives and solutions.
Approach and Focus
I generally work from a psychodynamic perspective, but I also use techniques from other theories to meet individual client’s needs. This integrative style may include interventions from cognitive-behavioral, Gestalt, mindfulness, solution focused, family systems, and narrative theories that are tailored to aid in the growth process.
I provide counseling services to a diverse range of clients, however, I have a special interest in working with men. As men, we have been socialized to believe we are to be strong, self-sufficient, and capable of handling our problems on our own. While this identity can be useful in many situations, it can make seeking help and talking about feelings an awkward and threatening prospect. Given this dynamic, it is no wonder that men are far less likely to seek and maintain a counseling relationship. For many men, therapy can be an incredibly intimidating and foreign experience. This fact is a guiding force in my work as a counselor where I am passionate about supporting the positive aspects of mens’ identities while providing a safe place where they can explore and share the most hidden parts of themselves.
I offer individual and couples counseling to adults 18 and older who may be experiencing concerns including:
|Grief and Loss||Life Transitions||Relational Issues|
Education and Credentials
I hold a Masters of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, as well as a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Portland State University. Additionally, I am a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), a current member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), and serve as a board member of the Oregon Counseling Association (ORCA).
I am currently a registered LPC intern with the State of Oregon. As I work towards licensure, I am practicing under the supervision of Chelsea Brandenburg, LMFT, LPC. If you have questions or concerns regarding any ethical or professional considerations, feel free to contact me or the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists at any time.