I am passionate about the work I do. This work drives my dedication to continuous growth, discovery, and learning. This is what I bring with me into each session.
Early on, I had a love of books, stories of the human experience, and a desire to teach. This led to pursuing, and obtaining, a Master of Education. However, my desire to find peace and healing through exploring the mind, body, heart connection led me to teaching yoga. Yet, I was still lost.
My path to becoming a therapist wasn’t always clear.
Like many people, I had some major resistance to entering into therapy. Although I knew the vast benefits others had experienced from this work, I was entirely skeptical that engaging in therapy could help me. At the time, I was angry, hurt, and alone. Deciding to schedule a therapy appointment was a last resort. I didn’t believe in change. I didn’t want it to work.
However, what I discovered was absolutely life changing. Through my work in therapy, I began healing, building healthy relationships, and discovering how to love myself.
Fast forward a couple of years . . . One day I was looking at my life, and realized I was living a life I never would’ve believed possible. Then the realization washed over me: I’m meant to be a therapist! My experiences in therapy were so wildly powerful that I knew with absolute certainty that I needed to share this with others, so I returned to school to complete my Master of Counseling with a focus on Clinical Mental Health.
I am committed to supporting and encouraging the pursuit of healing, growth, change, connection, and joy.
It’s been a long and beautiful journey, and each day I am honored and thankful to be doing this work.
- M.S. Counseling – Clinical Mental Health from Portland State University
- MEd from Portland State University
- B.A. English from Portland State University
LPC Intern with the State of Oregon
- Jan Bridgewater, MSW
- Deah Baird, MS, ND
- Donna Roy, LPC, CHT
- Anne-Marie Benjamin, LPC, CHT