Evidence-based, Compassionate Psychotherapy
I conduct psychotherapy for people who are struggling with the difficulties that life often presents, to help them let go of that struggle and create whole, vital lives that can be lived with integrity. I strive to help people live better, to be more fully alive, present to each moment, and accepting of themselves. I help people to clarify what matters most in their lives and act toward that end.
My main approach to psychotherapy is called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which is a type of cognitive-behavior therapy. This approach to psychotherapy is about empowering people to face life's challenges, overcome difficulties, and attaining a purposeful and meaningful life. ACT has a good set of scientific studies supporting its effectiveness with a variety of problems.
I work with adults dealing with Depression, Anxiety, Addictions, Relationship Difficulties, Anger, Panic Attacks, Worry, Grief, Shyness & Social Phobia, School or Job Stress, Life Crises, Sexual Identity Concerns, HIV and other Medical Problems, Transitions & Personal Growth.
Respect for diversity is one of my central values. I strive to adapt my therapy practice to client's unique values and culture and consider these when determining how to help.
For more information about my practice, go to my Frequently Asked Questions page .
Research, Training, and Supervision
I offer educational workshops to the community and custom-designed trainings on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness, and other topics as part of Portland Psychotherapy, which specializes in therapy and counseling. I also provide phone and in-person supervision in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
As a further educational service, I maintain a webpage which lists many different online mental health resources in the Portland, OR area. Please click the link above or the one at the top of the page that says "Portland Mental Health Resources."