I have been a licensed counselor since 2000 and in private practice in Bend since 2006.
My early training was in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, a model designed by Daniel Hughes, PhD to work with families with children who had severe attachment difficulties. The population I primarily served initially was children who required residential care, and I received intensive guidance, supervision, and support from Dr. Hughes to use his model in this setting for three years....which still serves to be the foundation of my work. It's experiential, attachment-focused, and based upon providing a new experience of self in relationship.
Throughout the years, my practice has grown to include more mindfulness, somatic awareness, and EMDR. I continue to see relationship and connection as basic human drives and I work to support clients to uncover and address the fears, barriers, or guards they have put up in the past to survive relationship and re-learn how to feel safe and thrive in connection.
I continue to be honored to support those who I work with. I'm inspired by my clients, and excited to watch the changes that are possible through therapy. I also love supporting other therapists to work with clients who struggle with attachment issues through consultation.
Supervision and training were a large part of my practice for the first ten years of my work. I have phased out of this as I put more attention into cultivating the other side of my work, Soul In Motion, an embodied dance practice that I'm equally passionate about.