Prior to starting my practice in 1992, I worked in a variety of clinical settings. In addition to my academic training, I have continued to pursue my professional development above and beyond the requirements of my license and certifications.

I maintain several levels of licensure and certification, and attend continuing education courses routinely.  I have a Master’s certification in addiction counseling, extensive training in family and marriage interpersonal relational dynamics, behavioral management, trauma, women’s empowerment and transition issues. I’ve also participated in psycho-educational workshops, clinical supervision, consultation, and organizational development.  In addition to insight-oriented psychotherapy, I am trained in a variety of treatment modalities such as EMDR by the EMDR Institute, and Hypnosis through American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.


  • Master of Social Work, Portland State University, Portland, OR 1988
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA 1986
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, 1986

Professional Memberships, Certifications and Licenses

  • 2013 Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)
  • 2013 Oregon Society of Clinical Hypnosis (OSCH)
  • 2010 American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH)
  • 2003-2012 International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD)
  • 2002 Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • 1997-2009 American Mental Health Alliance, Oregon (AMHA)
  • 1996 National Association of Forensic Counselors & Addiction Examiners (NAFC/NBAE)
  • 1996 Certified Masters of Social Work Addictions Counselor (MSWAC)
  • 1993 Women’s Therapy Project Northwest (WTPNW)
  • 1993 Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW)
  • 1991 License in Clinical Social Work (LCSW)
  • 1989 Certified Behavior Management Trainer (BMT)
  • 1987 National Association of Social Workers (NASW)


CLINICAL PRIVATE PRACTICE, Portland, OR, January 1992-Present

Therapist: provide counseling, education, and mediation/problem-solving for clinical issues related to trauma, abuse, addictions, mood disorders, anxiety, grief/loss, life transition, domestic violence, divorce, and blended family issues.  Work with individuals, couples, and families.

Performance Improvement/Mental Performance Trainer: work with athletes and business professionals on game and job performance through development of mental skills, performance mindset, relaxation, visualization, and addressing performance blocks in an individual or small group setting.

Community Outreach: public speaker on mental health and performance psychology topics. Present educational and training seminars on topics for the general public and professionals seeking continuing education, personal development and instruction.  Created seminar series for the general public to provide basic education on common mental health topics.  Participated as a contributing writer to the launching of “Take Care: A Guide to Safe Relationships, Volume 1,” for adults and “Volume 2” for adolescents.

Supervision: supervise therapists preparing for licensing (LCSW, LPC, and LMFT) and newly licensed therapists and group facilitators in Portland Public Schools.

Consultant: agency organizational development, planning and reorganization, consulting and training for individuals and agencies.  Provide clinical case consultation with other mental health professionals.

Previous Experience

INTERNET RADIO SHOW HOST, Voice America Health and Wellness Network, August 2006-January 2007.

  • Hosted a live broadcast show called: “We’re All a Little Crazy.”

GROUP THERAPY FACILITATOR, Portland Public Schools Drug and Alcohol Prevention Office, Portland, OR, September 1993-1996.

FAMILY SOCIAL WORKER, Pacific Gateway Hospital, Portland, OR, April 1991-May 1993.

ADOPTION AND FOSTER CARE SOCIAL WORKER, Albertina Kerr Centers for Children, Portland, OR, June 1989-May 1991.

CASE MANAGER/THERAPIST, Delaunay Mental Health Center, Portland, OR, June 1988-June 1989.

RECREATION AID/PROGRAM COUNSELOR, Veterans Administration Day Treatment Program, Portland, OR, January 1987-June 1988.

PRIMARY THERAPIST, Clackamas County Adolescent Day Treatment Center, Milwaukie, OR, September 1987-June 1988.

Volunteer Experience

OREGON SOCIETY OF CLINICAL HYPNOSIS, Website Task Force Lead, October 2014-present.

MULTNOMAH ATHLETIC CLUB, Golf Committee member, March 2012-Present.  Secretary January 2013 – November 2013; Chair November 2013-Present.

EXECUTIVE WOMEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION-PORTLAND OR CHAPTER, Director of the Board, Membership Chair, November 2010-2012; Vice-President, November 2012-2013.

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF TRAUMA AND DISSOCIATION, RA-MC Special Interest Group Vice Chair November 2009-2010, Chair November 2010-2011.


AMERICAN MENTAL HEALTH ALLIANCE-OREGON, Director of the Board, October 2000-May 2002.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS, OREGON CHAPTER, Director of the Board, October 1997-June 2000, Treasurer and Finance committee Chair June 1998- June 2000.

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY, Gonzaga Alumni Mentor Program Mentor (GAMP), 1998 – Present.

RAPHAEL HOUSE OF PORTLAND, Director of the Board, September 1996-1998.