About Me

Therapist. Teacher.

Lifelong Learner.

Optimist.

Naturophile.

Animal-Obsessed Dog Mama.

When I’m not working, I love to read, spend time in nature, dance, and make music.

I am based in Portland, Oregon and provide services to clients throughout the state of Oregon.


My Credentials

Marriage & Family Therapist Associate


Master of Education (MEd)


EMDR Trained Clinician

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy approach that is primarily used to treat trauma-related disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

EMDR incorporates elements from various therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, and somatic therapy. The goal of EMDR is to help individuals process their traumatic memories and reduce the negative impact of traumatic experiences on their daily functioning, emotions, and beliefs.


PACT Trained Couple Therapist

Developed by Dr. Stan Tatkin, PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy) is a fusion of attachment theory, developmental neuroscience, and arousal regulation that supports couples to improve communication and interaction, get unstuck from unhelpful patterns, and find greater relational fulfillment. PACT has a reputation for effectively treating the most challenging couples. 

PACT was developed out of cutting-edge research in three areas:

Neuroscience

The study of the human brain. Understanding how the brain works provides a physiological basis for understanding how people act and react within relationships. In a nutshell, some areas of your brain are wired to reduce threat and danger and seek security, while others are geared to establish mutuality and loving connection.

Attachment Theory

The explanation for the biological need to bond with others. Experiences in early relationships create a blueprint that informs the sense of safety and security you bring to adult relationships. Insecurities that have been carried through life can wreak havoc for a couple if these issues are not resolved.

Biology of Human Arousal

The moment-to-moment ability to manage one’s energy, alertness, and readiness to engage.

The PACT model stands out from most other forms of couple therapy with these key features:

  • – Using the PACT approach, both the therapist and the couple focus on moment-to-moment shifts in the face, body, and voice. Therapists help partners learn to be more attuned and respond to these subtle shifts in each other.
  • – During a PACT session, the therapist creates experiences similar to those troubling a couple’s relationship, and they help partners work through issues in real time.
  • -PACT tends to require fewer sessions than do other forms of couple therapy.
  • -PACT sessions often exceed 50 minutes and may last as long as 3–6 hours. Longer sessions allow for PACT therapists to work more deeply with couples.
  • -PACT therapists may videotape sessions to provide immediate feedback to couples and to help couples pay close attention to their partner’s nuanced behaviors as well as their own. 

EAGALA Certified Equine Therapist

The EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) Model is an innovative therapeutic approach that combines horses, mental health professionals, and equine specialists to facilitate personal growth and emotional healing. This model utilizes experiential therapy techniques with horses as active participants in the therapeutic process.

Unlike traditional therapy sessions that take place in an office setting, the EAGALA Model incorporates the power of horses in a ground-based, interactive environment. This experiential approach allows individuals to engage in hands-on activities and interactions with horses, providing unique opportunities for self-reflection, exploration, and personal growth.

The EAGALA model is so effective because it embraces the science that humans learn best by doing. The model prescribes a hands-on approach where clients are given the space to project and analyze their situations, make connections, and find their own solutions. Since the solutions are personally experienced in conjunction with intellectual understanding, they tend to be deeper, more profound, and longer lasting.

When inside the arena, all the work is done on the ground with the horses front and center, deliberately unhindered and never ridden, and allowed to interact with the client as they wish. This creates the space for the client, with the support of the professional facilitators, to reflect, project, and make deep connections.


“The Paths to Enlightenment are as innumerable as those who seek it. This too is The Path. This too is it.”

Buddhist Proverb

My Story

I began my journey as a healer after struggling through my own mental health challenges as a teen and young adult, finally reaching out for help when things couldn’t have gotten much worse.

The therapists I worked with affirmed, supported, and guided me through the difficult process of recognizing and updating the relationship templates passed down to me, differentiating my True Self from my parts, and beginning my journey of accepting myself and my shadow. In their own wonderful ways, each of these therapists helped me recognize the weight of sociocultural and intergenerational trauma I carried, and ushered me through healing a lifetime of perfectionism, self-criticism and self-rejection, relational insecurity, anxiety and depression, and the assortment of unhelpful coping methods I had collected along the way.

More than a decade later, I achieved my dream of becoming a therapist, partly in homage to the ones that walked beside me during my darkest times, wholly in honor of the lonely little girl, the insecure teen, and the conflicted young woman within me who needed me to face them with curiosity and compassion to create calm connection. I became the adult I had always needed.

I began exploring ways to develop and share the lessons from my own experiences in therapy with others. I pursued an incredible adventure as a Wilderness Therapy Field Guide in the Nantahala National Forest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There, on the traditional land of the Cherokee Nation, I discovered my deep love for nature, confirmed my calling as a healer, and understood through lived experience that we are inextricably linked to a network of systems that impacts our worldview, beliefs, identity, relations, and experiences.

I moved cross-country to the Pacific Northwest to explore the vast beauty of this mystical land, and to receive my Master’s Degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy at Lewis & Clark College. Today I am a Marriage & Family Therapist Associate (R7822) registered with the Oregon Board and am working under experienced supervision toward full licensure.

I run a private therapy practice based in NE Portland, Oregon and offer in-person and virtual visits to help individuals heal low self-esteem, self-criticism, trauma, grief, depression, and anxiety, and guide couples and families to get unstuck from unhelpful patterns of communication, develop healthy boundaries, and find greater relational fulfillment. I provide a trauma-informed, evidence-based, social justice oriented, and collaborative approach to therapy.

I offer Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) in Newberg, Oregon, using the Eagala Model framework to create a unique space for an emotionally safe, hands-on experience. With real-time feedback, clients are able to reach issues where traditional talk-based therapies fall short. EAP incorporates horses to effectively address client goals, helping with issues such as addiction, domestic abuse, behavioral disorders, eating disorders, depression, anxiety and trauma.


“Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering, there is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

Leonard Cohen