Licensed in OR, WA, TX & NM
I have dual training as a psychotherapist and biological scientist. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oregon and Texas, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Washington, and a Licensed Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC) in New Mexico. I have two Master’s degrees, one in Molecular Biology and one in Professional Mental Health Counseling, and I am also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner. Prior to pursuing my education and training in mental health, I worked for over 10 years as a biological research scientist in the fields of cancer, neurobiology, and stem cell research. In addition, I have several years of experience working in a medical laboratory analyzing and interpreting laboratory results of SIBO breath tests.
My practice primarily focuses on helping clients to identify and work through the underlying cause of symptoms, rather than only focusing on symptoms. I work with clients to address the psychological and emotional issues that may be underlying or exacerbating their symptoms on the mental, emotional and physical levels. Symptoms often manifest in different ways for different people, and can appear complicated or "treatment resistent" when the underlying cause is not understood and addressed. Often, symptoms are driven or exacerbated by excessive stress and/or unhealed trauma and may manifest in the form of various psychological and emotional symptoms or disorders, as well as in the form of physical pain, somatic symptoms, or health issues/conditions.
I believe psychotherapy can be an important tool to include in a holistic treatment approach for clients living with various health challenges, in combination with medical treatments. I have experience working with clients suffering from chronic back/neck pain, skin conditions (e.g. psoriasis, eczema), fibromyalgia, autoimmune conditions, and gastrointestinal disorders such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth).
My specializations include stress, anxiety, self-criticism, overwork/burnout, trauma and complex trauma, self-care/well-being and the psychological & emotional aspects of various physical health challenges. I have a special interest in working with college students and other healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, physical therapists, counselors and psychotherapists, and alternative health practitioners.
My therapeutic approach involves the integration of various principles and techniques from psychodynamic psychotherapy, depth and somatic psychologies, mindfulness and holistic health tools, and integrative and neurobiologically-informed trauma/complex trauma treatments. This includes various theoretical frameworks such as Control Mastery Theory (CMT), Interpersonal Neurobiology (IN), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP), Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM), and Ayurvedic Psychology.
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3218 Pringle Rd SE, Suite 120, Salem, OR 97302-6312
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Health Systems Quality Assurance, C/O Executive Director, 111 Israel Rd SE, Tumwater, WA 98501
333 Guadalupe St., Ste. 3-900, Austin, Texas 78701
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Boards and Commissions Division, Counseling and Therapy Practice Board, PO Box 25101, Santa Fe, NM 87504