Licensed Professional Counselor - License number C4280
M.A. Counseling Psychology, Lewis & Clark College
B.A. Human Development & Dance, Prescott College
Certificate in Ecopsychology, Lewis & Clark College
Professional Training & year-long Internship from M.E.T.A in Hakomi Body Centered Psychotherapy
Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, Bali Yoga Academy
EMDR Insight Counseling Center
EAGALA certified Equine assisted psychotherapy
Our Inner Landscape
When we are hurting it is not uncommon to look outside of ourselves for healing. Both in ways that are constructive and valuable to us as well as ways that often deplete us even more. We can often find peace from the support of our families, friends, even nature or a higher power. We see a magnificent landscape and something shifts inside of us.
Everything in life can be seen in one of two ways: either as a direct result of something that has already happened, or as a result of complete and utter randomness. As far back as we go when we think of that magnificent landscape we probably feel a sense of both.
As humans, from the moment we are born our experiences imprint us. We then create responses based on these experiences. Our responses are part of a dynamic system. They include all aspects of our experience: the physical, emotional, and even energetic. The more impactful an experience we have the stronger the response to it becomes. Then the more we continue to have experiences that are similar to that impactful experience the stronger our patterned response becomes. We learn to navigate through life based on a map of our internal world. We see this same pattern play out in the more then human world. Nothing happens in isolation.
I see therapy as a means to help you navigate both the outer and inner landscapes. Through applied mindfulness we will pay attention to the ways we have learned to respond to the world. As we navigate our inner landscape we begin to see in return that we are really not separate from the outer landscapes that we often look to for peace and healing.
I hold a masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College. I also have completed a certificate in Ecopsychology. This framework speaks to the recognition of the connections between the mental health of the client with the overall health of the culture and the planet. Along with this I have completed several professional trainings from M.E.T.A (mindful, experiential, therapy approaches) in Hakomi Body Centered Psychotherapy and other mindful, experiential and somatic approaches to therapy. Along with M.E.T.A. I have continued to take Continuing Education courses regularly as my licensure requires including EMDR, CIMBS (complex integegration of multiple brain systems) and trainings from trauma specialists such as Bessel Van Der Kolk, Peter Levine and Daniel Siegal to name a few. I am a certified Equine assisted psychotherapist through EAGALA, and have training in Natural Lifemanships Trauma Focused Equine Therapy. I received my bachelor’s degree in Human Development as well as Dance from Prescott College.
I have worked in the mental health field since 2007, including wilderness therapy, residential treatment, private practice and outpatient counseling clinics. My experience includes adults, adolescents, couples and families. Along with my experience in counseling I have completed over 200 hours as a certified yoga teacher. I have advance training in yoga and psychology as well as trauma informed yoga.