Mental Health Counseling

50-90 minute sessions

Individual or couples counseling appointments

Mental health counseling is selected over personal coaching when the client is reporting symptoms of internal distress or external circumstances that are greatly impacting daily functioning in one or more areas of life: work, social, familial or interpersonal.

Treatment begins with establishing rapport, creating mutual understanding about the therapeutic process and a comprehensive assessment. The clinician and client together create and review a treatment plan to guide therapeutic goals. Reaching out for counseling services is the first step to healing and often times the most difficult. If you made it this far, keep going. Relief is possible and you are worth it. 

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We work together to uncover patterns of thinking and behavior, to evaluate which patterns the client wants to keep, which patterns the client wants to change, and options for initiating that change. I use a variety of therapeutic approaches, including Holistic Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Collabrative Problem Solving and Narrative Therapy. I also include somatic tools including yoga, breath work, meditation and journaling. 

I am currently licensed to practice mental health counseling under the board of Clinical Social Workers in Oregon. I provide appointments in my mobile office, my office in inner SE Portland or in the community based on need. Rates are based on length of appointment, insurance or sliding scale for cash pay. I am currently in-network with Aetna, Pacific Source, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Kaiser “added choice.”

Please note: I am licensed to practice mental health counseling as a clinicial social worker ONLY in the state of Oregon. If you need mental health counseling and reside outside of the state of Oregon, I recommend calling your insurance for a list of covered providers, search providers in your local area via Psychology Today or talk to your doctor for a referral. 

“Mental health…is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.”
— Noam Shpancer

SCENARIOS you might be seen for

  • Relationships: Are you struggling with your friendships, dating, marital, family, or work relationships? Get help with issues surrounding healthy family dynamics, communication, boundaries, trust, and intimacy

  • Life Changes: The end of a relationship, the birth of a child, the death of a loved one, relocating, marriage, changing careers, etc. are common life changes. However, sometimes the intensity of the change can impact daily functioning, and getting some support through these major life events can help in integrating change into your life.

  • Processing Trauma and PTSD

  • Distressing Feelings: Sometimes people are able to identify specific issues they need help with, while others just know they do not feel good, and they haven't felt good for a while. If you are feeling a sense of sadness, nervousness, dissatisfaction, guilt, shame, panic, or fear that seems to grow, it may be a good time to seek outside help.

  • Self-Esteem Self Love: Do you struggle to recognize your self worth and acting from a place of personal value?

  • Anxiety or panic attacks.

  • Stress reduction and Self Care

  • Emotional Dysregulation: