I am a licensed psychologist, researcher, therapy trainer, and entrepreneur.
You can read more about the services I offer below.
Psychotherapy: Compassionate, Evidence-Based
As a therapist, I strive to integrate the language of the heart with the guidance of science. I am particularly focused on helping people who suffer from chronic shame, self-criticism and low self-esteem. I work to help people find more self-compassion and kindness in life's journey.
My main approach to psychotherapy is called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which is a type of cognitive-behavioral 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.
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.
In addition to being a practicing psychotherapist, I am a clinical researcher. This second role allows me to stay current about what is happening in psychological science and to bring those advances to my studay and practice of psychotherapy. Through my research, I study the effects of shame and self-criticism on people's behavior and their ability to be resilent in the face of judgment and objectification from self and other.
I have been co-investigator on grants funded by the National Institute of Health and am regularly a consultant on research grants around the world.
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. I also provide phone and in-person supervision in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
I am co-founder (along with Jenna LeJeune, Ph.D.) of the Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, & Training Center, an integrated research and training clinic built as a social business in which profits go to fund scientific research.