I’ve spent the last decade getting to know bodies by working within various professional and personal roles including: public health service, massage therapy, functional nutrition treatment, organic farming, outdoor education, myofascial release, meditation and mindfulness techniques, and body-oriented trauma treatment.
I work with individual adults and adolescents as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Portland, Oregon. I completed a Master’s in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Somatic Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies in 2012. I came home to the Pacific Northwest so that I could do the work I love, providing counseling to people with healing bodies.
This is my life's work because I want to understand what helps us feel whole, connected, and able to live the lives we desire, and what makes us feel disconnected and unwell. My own experience of chronic illness taught me at a young age that emotion, environment, and wellness are deeply intertwined.
I work with individuals, teens, and groups as a somatic therapist, exploring the questions together:
How are my thoughts, feelings, and body connected?
What makes us unwell? How do I work with my body and my mind to feel better?
How is my well-being connected to the people around me and the life I'm living?
How does environment and culture impact my sense of belonging in my body?
In my work, I've had the privilege to work with diverse children, families and adults. I incorporate attachment theory, mindfulness, and the latest in trauma theory into my work. I am currently completing training to become a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and I incorporate this along with other approaches.