I am a licensed psychologist in Portland, Oregon providing compassionate and supportive care to new parents as they transition to parenthood. I believe that becoming a parent can be one of the most humbling and challenging experiences a human can have. It can also be one of the most inspiring and transformative. My goal as a clinician with a passion for working with new parents is to cultivate self-compassion and confidence in your identity as a parent, and support you as you strengthen your ever-changing relationships -- with your child, your family members, and especially yourself. The focus of treatment may be on issues related to anxiety, depression, grief, loss, self-esteem, trauma and identity. I offer in person and virtual (telehealth, video) appointments and am committed to working with parents of diverse racial, cultural, sexual, and gender identities. I received my Masters in Psychology in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2006 and my doctorate from California Professional School of Psychology in 2012. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School, and my post-doctoral residency at Reed College. I have engaged in a wide range of clinical experiences - including community mental health, inpatient psychiatry, college counseling, trauma, oncology, addiction, and chronic pain. My focus has come to rest in an area of passion for me: perinatal mental health, and working with new parents.
My approach to therapy is emotion-focused, trauma-informed and attentive to interpersonal processes, drawing especially from attachment-based, psychodynamic, existential and mindfulness-based theories. I believe that having a strong connection with your therapist is the foundation of successful work. I also believe that understanding how our past experiences and early relationships impact us in the present is an important part of lasting change. A primary focus of my work is centered around relationships: with children, partners, parents, other family members, friends, classmates and colleagues, the therapy relationship, and especially the relationship we have with ourselves. In all of the work that I do, I strive to provide culturally-oriented care, where the many intersections of your identity are at the heart of understanding who you are and the strengths you possess.