I am a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed in Oregon. I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders and all my clinical experience and training has been working with people struggling with eating disorders. I hold a speciality certification in the treatment of eating disorders from Lewis and Clark College and previously worked for nearly four years at the PHP and IOP level of care in local eating disorder treatment centers. Being recovered myself, I know how difficult it can be to recover and the hopelessness that can come along with recovery at times. I believe in full recovery (because I have seen it)! I do not buy into the idea that eating disorders are something that you will have to "manage" for the rest of your life. Fighting an eating disorder is one of the bravest and most inspiring things you can do.
My therapeutic style is blunt, honest, authentic and straightforward with a little humor (we all need to laugh). The eating disorder tells us enough lies, so you can count on me to be the voice of reason. I will also be encouraging and empathetic. I believe that therapy should be a conversation and therapists should be relatable and real. I will walk along side you and encourage and challenge you in your recovery journey. I decided to build the outpatient plus level of care mostly because I was tired of people relapsing due to lack of support and accountability. When I worked at the PHP and IOP level of care I began to realize how little support is available after discharge and how important continued peer support is in eating disorder recovery. I also recognized the need for people to get a higher level of care faster, so at times I may encourage that. I work with adults with eating disorders only. I also work from a HAES (health at every size) approach.
*I am currently accepting for groups, but have a waitlist for individual services. If you are on my waitlist, that means you are on a list to receive an assessment, which is not a guarantee of services. By being on my waitlist, I am not your therapist on record or your acting therapist. You are simply, waiting for an assessment to see if becoming an individual client is indicated.*