By considering therapy, you are already taking an important step toward feeling better!
It is common to feel anxious or uneasy about starting therapy. You may wonder if the problems you're facing can be helped at all or whether I am the right person to reach out to. Finding a good "fit" with a therapist is key and this will be one of the first things we will work together to assess. Regardless of whether we talk once or many times, I promise that you will always be treated with respect and empathy, and that your confidentiality will be protected. If it turns out that I am not the right therapist for you, I can provide referrals to other professionals you can reach out to.
During your first appointment, I will spend some time getting to know you as a person. I'll ask you questions about your day-to-day life and what makes things harder or easier for you. We'll talk about what brings you into therapy at this time and what steps you have already taken to address the things that are bothering you. I'll share more information about how I can help and what you can expect during therapy. If at the end of this process you decide to continue with therapy, we will work together to set goals, develop strategies, and monitor your progress.
Therapy requires hard work and may be uncomfortable at times. I promise that I will always do my best to support you as you work toward the changes you want to see. As a social worker, I will help you draw upon your strengths, provide evidence-based strategies and tools, and work in partnership with you to bring about positive, sustainable improvements in your life.
My style is warm, flexible and non-judgmental. I utilize a variety of treatment models in response to each client's unique needs. I strive to maintain an anti-oppressive practice and I welcome clients of all identities and backgrounds.
I see clients in two different SE Portland offices. You are welcome to schedule appointments at either location depending on your availability and preferences. I offer online scheduling to make this process as easy as possible. Both offices have comfortable waiting areas where you are welcome to relax and enjoy water or tea while you wait for your appointment. My Foster-Powell office is on the second floor of an older building that does not have an elevator. However, my Buckman office is fully wheelchair-accessible.