Services

In individual counseling, I can help you…

6853321-oregon-wallpaper

Navigate a major loss or transition

Have you ever felt as if the ground was giving way under your feet? Major losses and life transitions can be painful and disorienting.

It’s important that you give yourself time to grieve the old life that’s dissolving. Then you can decide what you want as you move forward. I can provide you with support and guidance through this process.

falls two

Meet the challenge of relationships

Intimate relationships can be joyful, fulfilling, and sometimes tremendously challenging.

I work with individuals when they are facing obstacles in trusting their partner, feeling loved, or working through conflicts. I can help you bring gentleness and clarity to how you’re communicating with your partner.

dandelion

Find your way as a highly sensitive or spiritually oriented person                                                

Being a highly sensitive person in our culture is a bit like being a finely tuned sound system trying to host a heavy metal concert. As children, many highly sensitive people are given the message that they are supposed to be just like everyone else, and that it isn’t okay to pay attention to their own particular needs.

In order to enjoy all the gifts of being sensitive, you need to be prepared to listen to and honor your own particular mind and body.

People with a spiritual orientation can also end up feeling lost in our culture, which rarely acknowledges the spiritual dimension of life. In order to live a fulfilling life, it’s important to learn how to honor this important part of who you are.

 

silhouette stars

Engage with your own unique spiritual path

Many of us lead our lives with our conscious minds as our only guides. Meanwhile, our deepest feelings, aspirations, and wisdom often remain below the surface of our awareness.

Buddhist practice and Jungian soul work are both ways of opening up a dialogue between our conscious mind and our deeper ability to know. When we can connect with the deeper layers of our experience, we can begin making decisions that honor our whole selves.

Many spiritual approaches speak about spirituality in a “one-size-fits-all” kind of way- as if human beings’ paths of spiritual growth were the same. Human beings are radically different from one another. Each one of us comes into this life with our own unique path to tread. What is helpful for one person may not be at all helpful for another.

I am committed to helping you understand how your own unique path is unfolding. By listening more deeply to your own experience, you can tap into tremendous resources of wisdom.

 

To schedule a free consultation or first session, please call (503) 998-2297

 

 

Heal anxiety

Sometimes, your body is yelling at you that something is wrong; but you don’t know what it is, or it’s an issue that’s going to take time to resolve. In the meantime, these feelings can become so overwhelming they consume your attention and make it difficult to function.

In order to resolve anxiety, it’s necessary to turn toward the feelings you are experiencing with acceptance and loving-kindness. Therapy can give you the space you need to do this. If you’re willing to listen to your feelings, they often point to truths you’ve been struggling to acknowledge. Honoring what your body is telling you can not only lessen your anxiety, but set your life on a more congruent path.

anxious

 

Heal relational trauma

Trauma causes fragmentation in the psyche. It can leave you feeling overwhelmed, isolated, and cut off from your ability to feel. Healing trauma involves:

  • Reestablishing a coherent, positive sense of self
  • Reestablishing bonds of trust with other people
  • Reconnecting with your body and feelings
  • Reestablishing a coherent sense of your past, present & future

When you’ve experienced unsafe (traumatic) relationships in the past, learning to trust again and feel safe in relationships can be difficult. But it is possible to mend your ability to trust and to feel whole again. 

shattered-heart-450x381

Manage and resolve anger

Anger is a signal from the body that you feel threatened, that your boundaries are being violated, or your needs aren’t being met. Anger can also damage relationships. I can support you in learning to accept and understand your anger, without acting out impulsively in ways that hurt your relationships.

 

angry-fist