As a kid, I used to explore the desert with my friends, but as I got older I realized I could no longer tolerate the heat. I enlisted in the Army to travel and was stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany, for three years. I chose therapy as a profession because I wanted to help children and underserved minority populations. I attended Portland State University for my undergraduate degree in psychology and went on to Pacific University in Hillsboro for my graduate degree. While attending Pacific, I worked as a CNA on a psychiatric inpatient unit. After grad school, I worked as an admissions counselor and unit therapist, performing assessments and group therapy. In addition, I volunteered at Community Services NW, providing therapy for patients who did not have insurance. Before coming to Kaiser Permanente, I worked as a therapist at the Avel Gordly Center for Healing at Oregon Health & Sciences University.
I believe in self-actualization — the pinnacle of Maslow's hierarchy of needs. I use cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, and cognitive processing therapy. I believe that change is possible. I work with people who have difficulty coping with physical or sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, unresolved childhood concerns, parenting, domestic violence, and other mental health concerns.
To relax, I enjoy watching film noir and listening to jazz. I also like digging around in my garden and going on Caribbean cruises with my family.