About

about

I grew up in England and came to America for college. After I graduated, I worked as a newspaper reporter in France and Argentina. I returned to America for graduate studies at Columbia University’s journalism school, and afterwards worked as a reporter in the U.S. Senate in Washington DC. That was too stressful! So I moved 3,000 miles to Portland for a calmer life and worked as a freelance magazine writer. In this work I found my strength in connecting with people, understanding and relating their stories. I decided to pursue this further and shifted the angle toward psychology. I returned to graduate school and became a therapist.

My husband and I have been together for 15 years and we have two children. Psychologist David Schnarch calls marriage and committed relationships “the people growing machine.” My husband and I have faced our own hurdles and consequently grown. It is in part thanks to being a client in couples’ therapy that I derive my deep appreciation of the possibility of change and happiness that can come from counseling.

I believe my theoretical learning and my life experience combine to help me be a thoughtful, empathic, and engaged therapist to assist people through the many challenges of living.

EDUCATION

Master’s Degree in Counseling, with a specialization in Marriage, Couples and Family from Portland State University.

Master’s Degree in Journalism from Columbia University.

B.A. from the University of Virginia.

I have trained with some of the leaders in the field of counseling. These include:

  • Emotion-Focused Couples’ Therapy – 6 months intensive training – Jamie Levin-Edwards, Psy.D.; Charles Edwards, Ph.D
  • Trauma and the Body – Peter Levine, Ph.D.
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Mindfulness in Therapy, Janet Sims, Ph.D.

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

I am a member of the:

– American Counseling Association
– Oregon Counseling Association