Licensed Clinical Psychologist
MY PERSONAL BACKGROUND
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience working in corporate, academic, and healthcare settings.
After climbing the achievement ladder for many years, I too experienced burnout from the stress of work, the expectations of always taking on more, and being on top of my game. Relaxation was for suckers and "work life balance" seemed like a foreign concept. I pushed myself until I realized that the common approach of "just work harder and ignore those pesky feelings" wasn't going to cut it anymore. In doing my own inner work I was able to figure out what I really wanted out of life and quiet the thoughts and feelings that no longer served me. I now have hobbies and relationships that I value in equal measure to my work.
I want to help you do the same.
I primarily utilize acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), which is an evidence based approach that involves identifying what you want in life and engaging differently with thoughts and feelings to make these important things happen. Our sessions may involve clarifying your values and goals, and giving you strategies to get to the version of you you want to be.
MY PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
I graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in secondary education. I loved working with children, and wanted to learn more about how to support them as fellow humans, and pivoted to my career in clinical psychology. I received both my masters and doctoral degrees from George Fox University, in Newberg, Oregon. I learned a variety of clinical approaches that I still use today including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
For seven years I served as the Autism Program Director for Western Psychological & Counseling Services (now Lifestance Health). Together with colleagues, I created one of the first multidisciplinary autism programs in the Portland, Oregon metro area. This gave me experience in healthcare administration and the nuances that come with it. I also gained perspective on caregiver burnout as well as the varied experiences of those who identify as neurodivergent. During this time I continued working directly with clients with anxiety, stress, trauma, and depression to fine tune my clinical skills.
During the COVID-19 pandemic I pivoted again, this time from healthcare into corporate operations work, eventually reaching the role of Chief Operating Officer. This experience gave me a front row seat to the joys and struggles of modern day corporate work from the employee to the C-suite level. It confirmed that our work environments play a huge role in our overall happiness and mental health.
Currently I am focusing my work on helping adults navigate their own experiences with burnout, anxiety, trauma, and depression. Please reach out if you are interested in receiving services.