I changed my career in mid-life after working in the software industry for 20+ years. I was living my life in automatic-pilot, being influenced by the draw of money and recognition while at the cost of human connection and authenticity. While going through a divorce in 2006, I was greatly helped by counseling. The work I did then put me on a path of discovering who I am and how I want to serve in the world. And I chose to serve in the world by offering counseling services with the hope that I can assist clients have more connection and authenticity in their lives too.
I moved to Portland in 2009 from the Bay Area, and started making the transition to a career in mental health by volunteering on crisis lines, studying mindfulness-based psychotherapy, and enrolled in a Graduate degree program in Counseling. I live with my partner, two step-children, and a cat, who believes he is a dog. In my spare time, I enjoy biking around Portland, throwing a frisbee, and hiking.
Approach, Education and Training
Drawing on my formal education, training, internship, and on-going supervision, I incorporate mindfulness-based approaches of Hakomi, Recreation of Self (RC-S), attachment work, and trauma resourcing. I completed a Masters Degree in Counseling in Clinical Mental Health at Portland State University. In addition, I completed a year-long internship practicing mindfulness-based, somatic therapy approaches with the M.E.T.A Counseling Clinic. Previous to my internship, I had completed the two-year M.E.T.A. Comprehensive Training program. I also assisted in teaching the M.E.T.A Comprehensive year one program in 2015 to deepen my training.
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