If you are visiting this website, it is likely that you or your loved ones are looking to find healthy ways to mourn significant loss. I have created this website as an invitation for you to contact me if you would like some help and support from a licensed psychologist.
In your process of grieving, I can help by providing a nonjudgmental environment where your pain and struggles will be met with compassion, respect, and understanding. I use a therapy called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as a way to help people gain perspective on their feelings, become more present, and live more fully.
ACT is useful in helping people develop mindfulness and pursue valued living directions, even while facing difficult thoughts and emotions. ACT is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that has been shown by research to be helpful in addressing a variety of quality of life concerns, including depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and addiction.
I also incorporate other evidence-based therapies depending on the needs of my clients, to help people process their grief, honor their loss, and reconnect with life. I work at a research and training clinic called Portland Psychotherapy, which helps me stay up to date with the best available practices and treatments.
Why this approach?
In developing my practice, I decided on this therapeutic approach not just because it has good science backing it, but also because it matches the type of work I find most meaningful. Many types of therapy, including ACT, aim to reduce suffering. However, a good life is not simply the absence of suffering. A good life also includes living well. As opposed to simply moving away from pain, I emphasize the importance of moving towards the things that matter in life.
In using ACT and other evidence-based approaches, I value helping myself and others to become more open to the many experiences of life, even the pain and sorrow of loss, in the service of truly loving ourselves and each other more fully and completely.
Who can benefit from grief counseling and therapy?
You may benefit from professional guidance if you are struggling to cope with the difficult emotions and life changes that come with losing someone you love. It is especially important to find professional care and support in your grieving if you are also facing burdens such as depression, anxiety, addiction, or trauma.
What is involved?
After you fill out the contact form below, I will call you to arrange an initial consultation. We then meet in person so that I can learn more about the struggles you are facing and you can get a better sense of whether we are a good match for each other. If we decide to work together, we then develop a treatment plan that is catered to your needs.
The number of 45 minute, weekly sessions we have together depends on your treatment needs and satisfaction. While it is not uncommon for me to work with clients for 12-20 weeks, I am happy to continue working with you so long as you are continuing to benefit from being in treatment.
Do you take insurance?
I am able to accept most forms of insurance as an out-of-network provider. If you like, my billing staff can contact your insurance company to provide you with an estimate of your benefits.
Where are you located?
I work at Portland Psychotherapy, which is located at 3700 N Williams Avenue, Portland, OR 97227. In addition to offering individual psychotherapy, this clinic also hosts other classes and groups that can be useful in promoting your personal development and mental health.
When can I be seen?
I give priority to seeing clients who are struggling with grief, and therefore I am typically able to schedule an initial consultation within two weeks. I see clients on weekdays during business hours.
Why choose to work with me?
Seeing a licensed professional is about getting high-quality, individualized attention that is specifically catered to your needs. In helping you find a way forward that is right for you, I only use techniques grounded in scientific evidence to help insure that you receive the highest possible quality of treatment. I genuinely care about my clients, and I am dedicated to helping you heal and grow in an environment of respect, compassion, and kindness. To learn more about my qualifications, please visit my About Me page.