I am licensed by the Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I am also certified by the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon as a Master’s Level Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADCIII).
I earned my MSW degree from Portland State University Graduate School of Social Work in 1998. In addition to my extensive formal education, clinical training, and work history over a period of 15 years, I have a wealth of varied life experience from which I draw to serve my clients’ needs.
I follow the ethical guidelines set forth by National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
I passionately believe in the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity, no matter how big your problems are. Each person has an incredible strength to heal.
My style is very interactive and I am an active co-participant in your healing, and in helping you reach your goals. I offer a safe, nurturing, supportive environment in which you may feel free to express your feelings, share your history, and be open to learning and practicing new skills. I am a strong advocate of respecting your ability to be the primary determinant in this change process.
My therapeutic approaches are considered evidence-based practices, which are substantiated by professional research standards. They include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, BioPsychoSocial Model of Addiction, 12 step philosophy and principles, Motivational Interviewing, Gottman Relationship Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Family Systems, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Strengths-based Therapy.