My Therapy Philosophy
My therapy philosophy involves a holistic approach to treatment that takes into account a person's mental, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs. I developed a strong interest in the mind-body health connection while studying for my Bachelor's degree in Psychobiology.
I expanded my knowledge of the mind-body connection when I attended medical school for one year before entering graduate training in clinical and counseling psychology.
Cognitive Behavioral and Family Therapy for
Individuals, Couples & Families
I offer counseling & therapy services with an online video system for patients whenever it is helpful.
In-Network Provider for these insurance plans
- Kaiser Permanente
I also see Out of Network patients
9 Therapeutic Factors in the
Treatment of ADHD
Achieve healthy, daily, stable nutritious eating patterns; sleep schedule, and regular aerobic exercise, in which one sleeps a minimum of 7-8 hours a night, eats protein breakfast and lunch meals and exercises aerobically at least 20-30 minutes a day.
For teens and adults, it is critical to be aware of tendencies to self-soothe with alcohol, drugs, or other distractors such as video gaming, social media, and excessive spending as a way to avoid facing one's challenges in life....
Increase the level of structure completing basic activities of daily living at home, school, and work.
Examples of increasing structure in one’s life include utilizing calendars, alarms, and check-lists to ensure that tasks are completed in a thorough and successful manner, as well as employing tutors, study buddies, spouses, siblings, or parents to provide needed structure...
Seven Keys to Wellness
Empathy - for self and others. With others, being able to truly listen and show ability to imagine oneself in their situation; and in return; choose to be vulnerable and open with those who similarly empathize with you. Self-empathy includes loving oneself whether one is succeeding or failing at any moment in time. Empathy for self also critically includes never empathizing with another at the expense of your own self-empathy. For example, if engaging in empathic communication and behavior toward others causes negative effects on one’s mental or physical health, and one loses healthy boundaries with others, then one needs to heed to the needs of the self and not engage in that communication or behavior....
Acceptance - for self and others. Acceptance of both one’s and others’ limitations and strengths, such that, when weaknesses are illuminated, that one’s appreciation for self or others does not wane. Acceptance about the ups and downs inevitable in life, and acceptance of the transitory nature of all things, especially regarding the stages of life; from infancy to old age, and the inevitable decline in one’s physical capabilities as we go through the aging process. Acceptance also includes letting go of objects, activities, persons, and situations that are toxic to one’s physical and mental health.....
Professional Affiliations / Activities
American Psychological Association
Oregon Psychological Association
American Mental Health Alliance-Oregon