I moved to Eugene in 2006, and earned an MS in Couples and Family Therapy at the University of Oregon.
I completed my internship at Oregon Community Programs, where I worked for several years after completing my degree as an Individual and Family Therapist. While there, I used an evidence-based approach to help caregivers learn and implement skills to manage their children's difficult behaviors. Simultaneously, I helped young people learn about the connections between their feelings and physiology, coping skills to manage their emotions, and how to express themselves in age appropriate ways.
In addition to working with families, I have also served as a foster parent. My experiences working within the system, learning about the children's life stories, and witnessing the effects of trauma led me to focus a significant portion of my practice to supporting foster, kinship, and adoptive parents. I aim to support these important caregivers in the challenging work they do for our community and its young people.
Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked as an outdoor educator. I spent my days introducing people to activities such as backpacking, kayaking, rock climbing, and mountain biking. I also spent time as a Challenge Course Facilitator, bringing groups of people together in a unique environment to learn about themselves and grow as a unit. I continue to do this education and facilitation work through the City of Eugene's River House Outdoor Center, as I thoroughly enjoy helping people of all ages and groups of all types make positive changes in their lives and within their communities.
I try to spend as much of my free time as possible enjoying all that nature has to offer. I also enjoy playing board games, sewing, and reading historical fiction.
Mt. Holyoke College - BA - 1992
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary - MDiv - 1997
University of Oregon - MS - 2017
LMFT - OR - 2017 - #T1680