New Mexico native, Oregon transplant-2014. Since 2015 I have supported and helped individuals work through difficulties and struggles related to historical and/or current experiences of traumatic events, those coping with the difficulties of navigating life’s challenges while being afflicted by psychosis, mania, depression, anxiety, health-related concerns, and substance abuse. During this time I have integrated a holistic approach into my work, and personally, to not only look at the symptoms or signs that are signaling that something is unwell, but also taking a look at the other dimensions of one’s wellness such as: social, occupational, environmental, physical, intellectual, spiritual, and emotional. This wellness approach in healthcare emphasizes good physical and mental health, preventing illness, and prolonging life.
I don’t believe that there is a limit to human capacity. I think the main reason we develop mental health issues is that they are unhealthy learned behaviors that we have picked up along the way. This means that you can unlearn the faulty behaviors and replace them with healthy ones. I went through my own period of time where I fell victim to the perfectionist mind state and sought my own therapy when the impact of not meeting such an unreachable standard was too much for me to manage on my own. Through my own therapy and inner work, I have learned to rethink my thoughts and hold the notion that all of my thoughts are simply opinions based on the information I had to work with. With new information, new ideas, and perspectives I have been able to change and develop healthier ways to think about myself and the world around me. This is what I try to apply and impart to all those I work with. I don’t discriminate against anyone and I promote equity for all. I’m a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, support Black Lives Matter, and believe in the equity of all Humans.
How I work with clients
My role as a dual diagnosis psychotherapist is to support those who are wanting to achieve freedom from compulsions, self-destruction, and limiting beliefs. Combining evidenced-based cognitive behavioral therapy and a holistic approach I’ve helped individuals heal, find self-acceptance, and develop healthy coping skills to manage life’s stressful situations in a healthier way. I use a combination of therapeutic approaches such as integral therapy, psychoanalytical, psychodynamic, and strengths-based approaches because the underlying commonality of these therapies is that they incorporate a whole body and systems holistic approach. So, what is it that I am offering? I’m offering a choice and an opportunity. The choice to view life through new perspectives and use skills to maximize your potential. The opportunity is to change the way you think about yourself and the world around you. This is the beginning of an approach to life that engages your sense of curiosity rather than fear. My goal for therapy is to help you navigate and better understand the places in your life causing you pain. Develop the skills to better understand and make healthier changes to your lifestyle and support you in living your most authentic life. In therapy, we will develop or reinforce your protective supports designed to replace challenging behaviors with functional, positive behavior.