Portland Sex Therapy aims to be an affirming and inclusive space to all.
No matter your ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, relationship status, gender (or lack thereof), you matter and you are welcome here.
Founder, Clinician & Supervisor
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For nearly a decade, 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!
Some quick facts about me:
Along my journey, I studied at the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia, worked at a family-therapy-based agency in Washington County, and took a part-time position with an 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 in 2015 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), internal family systems, narrative therapy and relational life therapy.
As a person holding multiple privileged identities, I also recognize the responsibility I have to cultivate and maintain anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices in the work that I do. To me, this means identifying and addressing power in the systems and institutions that comprise our lives and addressing them, both in myself and with my clients. Providing competent care starts with identifying my own blind spots; this awareness and active dismantling of my biases helps to ensure that I am offering informed and equitable care to all people in my practice. And sometimes my work with clients is focused on helping them recognize the oppressive systems that have impacted their life and addressing these influences in our work together.
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 addressing sexual desire differences in couples, working with clients exploring or renegotiating open relationship contracts and providing counseling to folx in the BDSM and kink communities.
A Little More About Me
In my spare time, I enjoy camping with my partner and friends in the Columbia River Gorge, practicing yoga, making coffee in my french press and skiing over a long weekend.
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Through my personal experiences, I have come to appreciate the true value of doing the “inner work.” Doing my own “work” has also earned me an immense level of compassion and understanding for those who face trauma, mental illness, and all other therapy-related challenges!
Here are some facts about me:
When you contact me to get connected to our services, please know that this is a judgment-free zone with your treatment and healing at the forefront of our minds. I am here to connect you to Alana and assist you in scheduling. I am also here to help with any billing or insurance questions you may have as you navigate this important process. I find great value in supporting you outside of sessions so that you can focus on the work in session!