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As a therapist, I listen deeply and carefully to individuals, couples, and families as they tell their stories. I work with the connections between people, how change or lack of change causes something to happen somewhere else in the system (systems theory).

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I look for the secure and insecure attachments that exist between each person and their family members, partners, friends, and co-workers.

I help people who have experienced trauma, who need grief counseling and traumatic experience therapy. We work together to abandon old, harmful brain connections that are painful. We reprocess the old, and forge new, functional, and life-affirming brain pathways.

Where there are old, tired, and dysfunctional stories that hold people back, I help them to build new stories and to repair broken attachments.

With a cup of hot tea or a glass of cold water at our side, we can sit in a chair, or on the floor, or stand up to stretch and breathe in the nurturing surround of the therapy room. Sharing…listening…learning from the past and visioning what the future can be.

We can grab a coat and head out the door for the unique therapeutic connection that takes place on a walk and talk session in Forest Park. It is the same bi-lateral right/left brain stimulation that for generations has helped people to think more clearly and move forward with their lives. Aborigines on walkabouts…the walking meditation of Christian and Buddhist monks…swaying with babies.

If you are seeking a therapist in Portland who can help you through whatever you’re experiencing, I’d love to be there for you.