Hi! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Oregon and have been practicing since 2019. Prior to this, I earned my certification as an Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC I) in 2014 while working with unhoused folks in a shelter in Corvallis setting providing wrap-around services to mandated and self-referred clients in addictions and domestic violence intervention.
I grew up in Oakland CA, and for those who have never been, social justice and social welfare are constantly relevant topics in education and in passing.
Over my life and career, I developed and furthered my passions for adults trying to help their families through insurmountable circumstances, such as poverty, addiction, violence, immigration, isolation, medical services, the criminal justice system, and other traumas.
I also developed a passion for dissociative disorders and their relationship to trauma, stress, and neurodiversity. I work with adults ages 18-65 and believe in a humanistic philosophy based on social justice, critical theories, and integrated, structured approaches as-needed.
I have been involved in the performing and literary arts since I was a child, and have used transferrable skills from these to make therapy more accessible and enjoyable, especially mindfulness practices for folks who have trouble grounding. When I am not working, I either am deeply engrossed with people or nature in some artistic fashion, as this city girl will never get enough trees but also loves the human race and its many facets.
I am a member of the LGBTQ+ community and am a safe place for clients to explore alternative and minority religions (or alternative denominations of their religion) while coping with spiritual trauma as part of therapy.