Counseling and Play Therapy
I work with people of all ages by creating a safe place to overcome personal challenges and move towards flourishing.
I specialize in counseling and play therapy for children and teens who have experienced developmental trauma, anxiety, depression, or behavioral issues.
We experience health when our physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual parts are working together. Understanding how each impacts our lived experience is the foundation of my work. I use the principles of interpersonal neurobiology and polyvagal theory to help you understand how your brain need for safety and survival is impacting your present experiences. With this information we focus on learning to rewire the unhealthy pathways for a more connected and flourishing life.
Play Therapy for Children Ages 3 and Older
Play is the primary language of children. Through play children express feelings, process challenging experiences, and learn new skills. The foundation of my work is a child centered play therapy approach. This approach follows the lead of the child in play to to create a safe space for change. Acceptance, empathy, and reflection transform play into a catalyst for flourishing.
I specialize in working with children who have experience developmental traumas, anxiety, depression, behavioral challenges, and learning difficulties. I also have experience in working with children on the autism spectrum.
Counseling for Adults
For adults, counseling can be a safe space to get help. I offer trauma informed counseling that addresses the physical, emotional, and intellectual impact of our stories. During our work together I will draw on my training in polyvagal theory, ACT, and CBT. In addition, I offer expressive art interventions to anyone wanting a different approach to understanding their lived experiences.
- Play therapy for children ages 3+
- Expressive art modalities for teens and adults
- Parent Coaching
- Individual Therapy Sessions
- Family Therapy Session
What to Expect From Counseling
Deciding to get help is a big step.
To start, contact me to request an appointment. I will respond within 1 business day and let you know available times.
When you have a confirmed appointment time, you will receive an intake email. Please fill out all intake documents before our first appointment.
During our first appointment, our goal is to get to know each other. I will ask questions to learn what is bringing you or your child to counseling. Then I will share ways I can help and together we will determine a plan for future appointments that best meets your needs. I am currently offering both virtual and in-person appointments on the Westside of Portland.