For the past 5 years I have worked with a wide range of individuals, relationships, and even families and children, on their journey to mental health and wellness.
Why sex therapy, you ask? It all started with an undergraduate research project where I wanted to show how emotional attachment and relationship style could be linked to the various kinds of infidelity we commit in relationships. Being a relationship therapist was a natural extension of my initial curiosity!
I now hold a Master's Degree in Couple & Family Therapy, with a specialization in Sex Therapy, from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. I am a registered, licensed marriage and family therapist intern with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists (OBLPCT) and I am on the board of the Oregon Counseling Association (ORCA) as the Membership Committee Chair.
Along my journey, I studied at the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia, worked at a small family-therapy-based agency in Washington County, and took a part-time position with a small agency in Vancouver, WA leading groups for their Intensive Outpatient Program. My true passion though, was working with couples, relationship groups and highly motivated individuals on their sexual health, wellness and identity.
I started Portland Sex Therapy over 2 years ago to help realize my dream and focus on my passion for sexual education and helping others explore and live up to their sexual and relational potential!
As a systemic therapist, I believe that people are connected to each other through a system of intertwining relationships. Sometimes, as people encounter changes, problems arise that individuals, couples and partners cannot handle on their own.
My role is to support you in building positive, secure relationships that will improve your well-being and interpersonal experiences. My work is focused on creating a safe space for individuals and partners to explore fears and personal strengths.
I utilize a variety of models and evidence-based practices to assist clients including, emotion-focused therapy (EFT), and intersystems therapy.
I often work with couples, relationship groups and individuals on communication issues, a lost sense of connection, and sexual dysfunction in the context of their relationships. My passions are premarital counseling, addressing sexual desire differences in couples, sexless marriages and working with clients exploring or renegotiating open relationship contracts.
A Little More About Me
I am currently supervised by Steve Berman, LCSW (OR License #: 1021) and Karlaina Brooke, PsyD (OR License #: 1623).
In my spare time, I enjoy camping with my husband in the Columbia River Gorge, practicing yoga, making coffee in my french press, and exploring the weird and wonderful land of Portland!
Please consult my services page for more about what I do!