Who is this guy??
That’s the core of the question that you are asking as you look over this page.
Will I get what you bring to the table?
Am I someone you can open up to?
Could you trust me?
These are such individual questions, and I would invite you to really look at them as you consider working with me. I believe that the process of therapy is one that begins with and continues through the nature of connection (more on this below), and so paying close attention to your answers here matters. I’ll let you know that I often hear my style of conducting therapy is depth-oriented, relaxed, direct, resourceful and willing to be with you in your healing.
I’ve always wanted to be a therapist, my whole life. I never wanted anything else, mainly because I never knew any other profession that so fit me as a person. I have a wide range of interests, from long-distance running to reading (I’m always reading at least three books). I love to laugh, have deep, meaningful connections and I am a strong believer that therapy can often be full of a lot of bullshit that doesn’t really translate to real life.
I am a practicing meditator, active in writing and other forms of creation and deeply inspired and hopeful that regardless of who you choose to work with, they will be the right fit for you.
How I Work
As I stated above I believe that a positive experience in therapy comes from the therapeutic relationship. Feeling heard, respected, seen and understood are all critical in the process of healing wounds.. I operate from a somatic understanding, meaning that I am often seeking to integrate present moment awareness that acknowledges mind, body and felt sense.
I have training in Gestalt, MBSR, Mindfulness, and AF-EMDR as well as EFT. I am not rigid in my approach, but seek to find a way of being with each client that respects them and the stories they are bringing to therapy. I’ll offer tools or suggestions as the need arises, and will work with you to find what might be helpful. I know a lot, and have a diverse experience in mental health, from trauma work to experiences with couples and groups.
Lastly I’ll just say that I strive to work with people, and want the cost to not be a deal breaker. I do offer a few sliding scale spots, and if this is something you may need, please let me know and I’ll do my best to accommodate.
I don’t take insurance for a couple of reasons, ranging from concerns about privacy to knowing that when an individual uses insurance, that company controls the treatment.
I do provide a few scholarship spots. If this is something that interests you please complete the below form:
Master's degree with honors in Counseling with an emphasis on Licensed Professional Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling & Career Counseling.
Passage of the CPCE Exam (Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination)
10+ years working with individuals and groups on mental health concerns and challenges in a variety of settings
Clinical Internship completed at UC Berkeley working with graduate and undergraduate students on mental health concerns and career challenges.
5+ years leading groups addressing a variety of mental health concerns
A 1-Year Intensive Training program on humanistic and empathic attunement
Over 6+ years of experience as a meditation practitioner
Certification in Advanced Suicidality
Certification in Harm-Reduction
Certification in working with difficult Psychedelic experiences
EMDRIA Level-One & Two Training in EMDR
I am currently a registered intern with the Oregon Board of Licensed Counselors & Therapists. As an intern, I am supervised by Sarah Voruz, a licensed professional counselor here in Portland. Please let me know if you have further questions about this, or would like contact information for my supervisor.