Background and Education
Originally born and raised in Vermont, I attended Middlebury College with a focus on psychology and neuroscience as an undergraduate, and after several years of living and working in New York City, moved to Portland, Oregon in 2009. I received my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Portland State University in 2014.
My love for this work stems from a genuine curiosity about how we evolve to be who we are, and how our experiences (both internal and external) can shape our behavior and quality of life. The more I learned about psychology, the more I began to understand that while we each have such unique experiences, we are all seeking to meet basic universal needs of self-awareness and connectedness. I am honored to work in a field that supports both of those core human needs.
I have experience in neuroscience and mental health fields reaching back to 2004, including time working in a residential facility for adults with chronic mental illness, summer camps for children with behavioral limitations, and coordinating neurology research looking at the effects of combat trauma on the brain. For over six years, I was a study coordinator and research associate for ORCATECH, a research group at Oregon Health & Science University trying to understand how to improve quality of life for seniors with cognitive deficits. I completed my Master’s-level internship as a counselor for students at Portland State University’s Center for Student Health and Counseling before opening my private therapy practice in 2014.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Oregon. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Middlebury College in 2007, and my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Portland State University in 2014. As an LPC, I am qualified to conduct therapy and provide diagnosis, but not to prescribe medication. I will refer you to a qualified practitioner if you feel a medication evaluation would be helpful. To maintain my license with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, I am required to participate in continuing education and committed to abide by its Code of Ethics. I am also certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors, a private certifying agency that identifies counselors who have met the Board’s standards for education, knowledge and experience.