What happens in counseling?

We all struggle every now and then, and it is important we learn to give ourselves permission to feel like stuff is hard. Together, we will focus on your strengths and individual needs, rather than asking you to make changes according to a set recipe. We might talk about your experiences in your family of origin, and how they have informed the choices you make in your life. If you are feeling stuck in the same old patterns, we can work toward increased self-confidence, learning to advocate for yourself, more productive communication skills, and how to validate and hold all the feelings that come up.

My style as a therapist is very interactive; I am not the type to just nod and make encouraging sounds. We will get in there and have a conversation about what is really going on. My aim is to get you thinking about YOU. I ask questions, give suggestions, and tell stories that hopefully will help you to understand why you do what you do.

In therapy-speak, I work with people making their way through stressful situations, anxiety, loss, life changes, family issues, and experiences of past trauma and abuse. The letters after my name include LMFT (WA State licensed marriage and family therapist/LF60099926) and ATR (registered art therapist), and I am a Washington State approved supervisor. I received a dual Master’s degree in psychology and art therapy from Antioch University Seattle. I work from a culturally aware, holistic approach, taking into account physical (somatic), psychological, environmental, and emotional health, and use an eclectic blend of techniques to achieve client goals, including cognitive-behavioral (CBT), dialectical-behavioral (DBT), solution-focused, client-centered, mindfulness, and gestalt approaches.

Art therapy may be integrated into counseling as a nonverbal alternative or addition to the process. For more information about art therapy, click here.

Want to schedule an individual session? Appointments are available starting November 1, 2017. Click here to email me.
[My office is located in central Lisbon, near the Rato metro.]