I believe that positive life changes for individuals who are actively engaged in therapy generally occur within the first 3 to 6 months (or within 13 to 26 sessions) and therefore, do not find long-term therapy necessary for the majority of my clients. I believe that nobody knows my clients better than they know themselves. It is my job to help them discover what changes they are capable of making as well as guide and support them as they progress through those changes to become a self-fulfilled individual.
I have always been intrigued by the physical sciences, especially the workings of the human body. Originally, this led me to pursue a degree in physical therapy. During my career as a physical therapist, I came to realize how important mental health was in the success or failure of physical rehabilitation. I also found that mental health was an area that was all too often overlooked in physical therapy settings. This realization played a key part in my decision to go back to school to pursue a degree in psychology.
In 2011, I obtained a PhD in psychology from Walden University in Minneapolis. My experience in the field includes a practicum at the State Hospital in Salem as well as an internship on the psychiatric unit of Adventist Hospital where I performed psychological assessments and conducted individual and group therapy. During my post-doctoral residency and as a licensed psychologist, I worked at Lake Oswego Counseling Center where I gained experience working with adults, adolescents, couples, families, and children on an outpatient therapy basis.
My theoretical orientation is based in the biopsychosocial model of psychology in that I believe mental health comes from a combination of physical, psychological, and social factors. I would describe my treatment approach as eclectic in that it varies according to each client and his or her individual needs. In most cases, I tend to find cognitive behavioral therapy, solution based therapy, and/or motivational interviewing most effective. However, I have also used a narrative approach, a systems based approach, and EMDR.