“When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space”.
— Pema Chodron
Finding the right Portland therapist, one with whom you feel comfortable and understands your unique struggle, is essential if therapy is going to be helpful. I am glad to have the opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself and my practice.
I strongly encourage everyone to be an informed consumer when it comes to therapy. For that reason, I usually contract with a person for a 2-3 session “evaluation period”, which gives you to get a chance to know me and my style and see if it feels like a good match for you. Also, that gives me the opportunity to get a chance to know you and determine if I think I am the best person to help you. My clients’ success is what is most important to me, and if I don’t feel I am the right person for that job, I will gladly refer you to someone that I think might be a better match for you.
Here is a little bit more about me:
As a licensed psychologist, I provide individual evidence-based psychotherapy for adults and late adolescents. I am the co-founder of the Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, & Training Center, PC and also its Director of Clinical Services. At Portland Psychotherapy, we also have a specialty clinic called the Portland Depression Treatment Program, where we specialize in the treatment of depression. In addition to being a clinician, I also supervise and train other professionals around the world in the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I am also a clinical researcher with my main line of research focusing on the issue of stigma.
Credentials: Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Oregon License #1600
Special Training/Interests: Working with trauma survivors, including sexual assault/abuse; relationship, intimacy, sexuality, and interpersonal issues; identity issues; body image and struggles with food; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Philosophy of Care: I work from a collaborative and respectful place to help clients explore what is and isn’t working in their lives. My approach is very pragmatic, present focused, and client-directed.
I do not subscribe to an “illness/disease” based model of psychotherapy that I find to be stigmatizing and limiting. My clients are not “sick” or “damaged” in some way contrary to what much of our society says about psychological suffering. Instead, I know that the people who choose to come see me suffer as all humans suffer. The only difference is that my clients are committed to living fuller, more meaningful lives and are willing to take a look at those difficult things which might be getting in the way of them moving towards the life they would choose to live. I utilize empirically supported treatments, specifically Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Most importantly, I strive to always treat clients with dignity, respect, and compassion as I work to help them create for themselves the kind of meaningful life they desire.
Personal Interests: Spending time with my dogs Dalai and Grace, traveling, gardening, art, and cooking.