"Because you are alive, everything is possible"
-Thich Nhat Hanh
I enjoy working with adults, adolescents, children, and families struggling with a range of challenges, including depression, anxiety disorders (including panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety, generalized anxiety), obsessive compulsive disorder, PTSD, sleep disorders, chronic pain, personality disorders, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, and learning disabilities.
My approach as a therapist is to work collaboratively with clients to develop strategies for coping with and overcoming life challenges. I emphasize the use of evidence-based interventions that have been well-researched and shown to be effective. I specialize in the following interventions:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an effective intervention for a wide range of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety disorders, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, sleep disorders, and eating disorders, as well as other challenges. CBT is a structured intervention, focusing on accomplishing specific goals in order to address current life challenges. Using a range of strategies, CBT helps clients identify, evaluate, and challenge problematic thinking patterns with the goal of shifting thoughts and beliefs to be more accurate, realistic, and helpful. CBT also focuses on supporting clients as they engage in new behaviors and coping strategies. Clients benefit the most from CBT when they commit to trying new ways of doing things and practicing new behaviors in daily life. With CBT, clients often experience increased feelings of mastery and control over their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors, leading to higher levels of life satisfaction and well-being.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that incorporates acceptance and mindfulness strategies. It has been shown to be effective for treating many different types of mental health problems and in particular has been shown to be beneficial for individuals who struggle with intense emotions (such as depression, anxiety, anger, shame) as well as behaviors that cause significant problems (such as substance use issues, suicidal behaviors, self-injury, or behaviors that are harmful to relationships). The underlying goal of DBT is to help individuals build an authentic and fulfilling life by reducing unnecessary suffering and increasing positive emotions and life experiences. DBT aims to accomplish this by teaching clients practical skills that can be used during highly stressful moments, interpersonal situations, and everyday challenges. As a result of practicing these skills, clients often feel a greater sense of control over their emotions and behaviors as well as feeling more mindfully aware of their lives.
More information on DBT Skills Training Group page
Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBIs), such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, have been shown to be effective in helping clients cope with stress, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, ADHD, as well as other mental health concerns. MBIs focus on teaching clients how to increase their ability to intentionally focus their attention on the present moment, observing sensations and experiences in a way that is non-judgmental. Mindfulness is taught using a variety of exercises, including some that are formal practices (such as guided meditations) while others are practiced during everyday activities (such as practicing mindful awareness during a stressful interaction at work). As clients increase their ability to be mindful, they often describe a heightened sense of control and freedom from the burdens of life challenges and stressors. They also often notice more moments of joy and awareness in their lives that is sometimes described as “falling awake” to one’s own life and experiences.
I am currently providing services via telehealth, using a secure videoconferencing platform to meet with clients.
Please be prepared to make payment at the time services are rendered (e.g., copay or co-insurance for clients using insurance and full payment for self-pay clients).
Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. Please check your coverage carefully to make sure that you understand your benefits.
In-network: If I am in-network with your insurance, I will submit insurance claims on your behalf. You are expected to make any co-pay at the time of our session. I am an in-network provider for the following insurance companies:
- Regence BCBS of Oregon
- United Healthcare
Out-of-network: If I am not in-network with your insurance, I can provide you with a monthly invoice so you can submit for reimbursement. In that situation, you are expected to make payment at the beginning of each session and work with your insurance company for reimbursement.
First appointment/initial assessment, 2-3 hours: $300
Psychotherapy session, 60 minutes: $225
Psychotherapy session, 45 minutes: $175
Other professional services: $225/hourly rate
Please provide at least 24-hours notice if you need to cancel your appointment. If you do not provide at least 24-hour notice, or do not arrive for your scheduled appointment, you will be required to pay for the full cost of the appointment.