I wanted to be a writer as a child and wrote stories to my family members. In my work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) I feel honored to help others identify problems or dynamics and find ways to reframe or re-story them from a strength based approach. I earned my undergraduate degree in Spanish and Ibero-American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and have lived abroad in Paraguay and Costa Rica. When I returned, I worked for a social service agency and decided to obtain my LCSW degree with a strong focus on marriage and family therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I moved to Portland, Oregon to be closer to family.
I started working in healthcare at age sixteen. I have experience working with all age groups and different therapy modalities, including: cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, eye movement desensitization reprocessing, hypnotherapy and mindfulness based practices.
I am an avid downhill skier and enjoy activities where my dog can accompany me. My family and I like snowshoeing, kayaking, hiking, exploring, architecture and music. I love to learn new therapy modalities and enjoy working for Kaiser Permanente as I respect the principals on which it was founded.