I graduated from Pacific University with a Masters in Counseling Psychology in 2013 with a program focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I worked for Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare providing treatment for mental health and addictive behavior, first as an intern and then as full-time staff, from 2012 to 2017. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor I (CADC I). I have several years experience, and great enthusiasm, as a SMART Recovery facilitator, and run both a standard group and a group for Family & Friends.
I specialize working with those directly struggling with addictive behaviors and also hold special expertise in working with family members who have a loved one who is actively struggling or recently in recovery from addiction. I received Certification for Community Reinforcement And Family Training (CRAFT) in July, 2018 through Dr. Robert Meyers and Associates and have provided trainings in the Invitation to Change approach for the Center for Motivation and Change in their work with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kid’s peer-to-peer Parent Coaching program since 2017. In order to support this work with other clinicians I facilitate a monthly CRAFT/ITC Peer Consultation Group in Portland. And, as of March 2019, I have taken over the SoberFamilies.com website which offers information about CRAFT and the Invitation to Change approach to families who are looking for a compassionate and effective way of relating to their struggling loved one while inviting change.
I am a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), the American Counseling Association (ACA), and Oregon Counseling Association (ORCA). I am currently on the Leadership Team for the Applying ACT to Addictions Special Interest Group (AAA SIG) within ACBS as well as serving as Secretary/Treasurer for the Oregon Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (OACBS).
I live with my spouse, two children, two dogs, a cat, and a few dust bunnies.
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