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. It was a very stressful job! I moved 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 counselor.
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.