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My therapeutic approach is rooted in the depth-oriented tradition of psychotherapy with a sensitivity to dream, the unconscious, and the regenerative power of the imagination.  This approach supports a deepening relationship to ourselves and the source from which we draw meaning and purpose.  Depth psychotherapy is informed by Jungian and Archetypal psychology, using dream analysis and active imagination, with an appreciation that the psyche contains the seeds to its own cure. My approach is also informed by a sensitivity to our earliest and most foundational experiences of attachment and relationship beginning in childhood that may continue to inform our threshold for intimacy, trust, and ability to experience mutual joy with others, and to find meaning in our lives.  This therapeutic modality is useful in the treatment of:

  • Anxiety / Panic
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Nightmares
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Relationship Problems

I  work with children (and their parents) ages 3 and up using play therapy and sand-tray therapy.  I believe that children do well when they can, and that behavioral problems stem from unmet developmental needs and lacking skills.  My work with children supports the attachment between the child and parent, so that the child’s developmental needs can be better understood and met within the parent-child relationship.  My perspective with children is informed by a neurodevelopmental lens, which means I seek to understand the child’s behaviors by understanding where they have developmental delays that may be interfering with ongoing development in other areas.

Adoptive families often face particular challenges when forming a bond with their children, particularly with children who have a history of trauma and may have been placed within the foster care system.  A neurodevelopmental perspective helps make sense of frustrating and chronic behaviors and helps prioritize goals and expectations to better meet the child’s developmental stage.  I specialize in working with children who struggle with:

  • Bullying and/or Tantrums
  • Attentional Problems
  • Anxiety and ADHD
  • Childhood Trauma (Sexual, Emotional, Physical Abuse and Neglect)

(503) 288-8313
NE Portland, OR

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