I completed my master's degree in counseling psychology at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. My family and I lived throughout the West Coast before settling in the Willamette Valley, where I began my first practice in outpatient mental health care in Portland. Later, we moved south to Salem, and I worked in a residential psychiatric treatment center, in community mental health, and in private practice. I have been with Kaiser Permanente for more than 10 years, where I focus on adult and child therapy.
The foundation of my training was traditional cognitive behavior therapy. I have since integrated multiple interventions, including dialectical behavioral therapy, play therapy, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy. My goal is to support members and their families to help reduce impairment and return them to a more fully functional and enjoyable way of life. I strongly believe in the impact and need for family—our natural environment and community must be a part of therapy and overall wellness.
I spend most of my time away from work with my family. It is important to me to check in with each of them to learn how the day went. We make it a priority to sit down to dinner each night as a family and to read with each other. I enjoy running, bike riding, and swimming for physical activity. In the summer I love to camp and enjoy as much of the Northwest as possible. Travel is a passion of mine. I love hearing about new places to visit.