I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oregon and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Washington. I am also a board certified counselor (NCC). I have two Master’s degrees, one in Biology and one in Professional Mental Health Counseling. I worked for over 10 years as a research scientist in the fields of cancer, neurobiology, and stem cells before pursuing my education and training in mental health. I am also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.
My specializations include long-term psychotherapy, stress management, trauma/complex trauma, self-care/well-being, and Ayurvedic Psychology. I emphasize the importance of including a complete lifestyle history along with an individualized assessment through the integration of various theoretical frameworks including psychodynamic psychotherapy, Control Mastery Theory, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), and Ayurveda.
I have a special interest in working with college students and other professionals in the health and healing professions.
I also work with individauls in counseling to address the mental/emotional aspects of living with various physical health challenges, including gastrointestinal disorders such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). I currently work part-time at the SIBO Center at NUNM (National University of Natural Medicine) where I previously worked full-time and I have extensive experience analyzing and interpreting laboratory results of SIBO breath tests. I am interested in conducting future research related to the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACE) on the development of SIBO, as there is a strong evidence-based correlation with IBS and ACEs.