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When you are lost

a Mindful Meal

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This picture is from the grounds of Cloud Mountain, a meditation retreat center in rural Washington (1 hour from Portland), where I’ve been grateful to sit at in the past. It seemed fitting for a poem I also return to, again and again.

Lost

Stand still. The trees ahead and the bushes beside you

are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,

and you must treat it as a powerful stranger,

must ask permission to know it and be known.

The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,

I have made this place around you,

If you leave it you may come back again, saying Here.

No two trees are the same to Raven.

No two branches are the same to Wren.

If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,

You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows

where you are. You must let it find…

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A sneak peek

20180915_153044A few shots of my new office space at 2188 SW Park Place Suite 303, to help everyone find me in the coming weeks – this first view is of my waiting area, a third-floor landing that I share with several other psychologists and businesses. You’ll find a restroom on this floor, as well as on each floor of the building. (more…)

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Words to live by…

Words to live by, in 2018 as well!

a Mindful Meal

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A reminder

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Family Eating Breakfast

Not White, Not Rich, and Seeking Therapy: “Even for those with insurance, getting mental healthcare means fighting through phone tag, payment confusion, and even outright discrimination…”

If I can’t see you, I’ll direct you to someone who can. Don’t give up. Therapy works.

 

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How do I get started?

Thanks for your interest! If you are interested in meeting with me, please take the following steps:

  1. Take a look around my website to get a sense of my approach. I’ve worked as a psychotherapist for over 16 years, and have recently made a shift to structured services that emphasize skill-building and psycho-education. I’m a good fit for many clients but also not shy about suggesting a colleague who might be even more helpful.
  2. If you would like to talk further, give me a call at (503) 367-9488. I typically return calls during weekday office hours. Please leave me a message that includes your name, number, and best times to reach you. I find it helpful to know about any scheduling preferences, and if you’d like to use a particular insurance plan. I am an in-network provider with many plans, including BlueCross BlueShield, PacificSource, Aetna, and First Choice Health. Update as of Fall 2018: Please note that I am no longer accepting new Cigna, Providence, or UnitedHealth plan members.
  3. Schedule your intake appointment. This initial session will last about 55-60 minutes and will give us both a chance to meet & confirm that it feels like a good fit. I’ll ask questions about your current concerns, listen to your story, and offer treatment recommendations based upon my mindfulness- based approach.
  4. Complete this new client packet prior to coming in for your intake appointment. If you need me to email it to you, or set it out early in my waiting room to complete prior to our session, just let me know. In addition, please take the self-compassion test and the ACE (adverse childhood experience) quiz; I’ll be interested in your scores and will talk with you about how past experiences (as well as self-compassion and resiliency) can impact well-being. As a side note, please be advised that I do not provide letters for emotional support animals; I’ve been receiving this request increasingly over the past year, and here is why I stick to my therapeutic role and do not engage in such evaluations.
  5. Prepare to engage, experiment, and learn – moving forward together, we’ll discuss (and practice) ways of building awareness, strengthening skills and strategies, and increasing behaviors that are more in line with your goals and values. It’s time to get your life (and health) back – and unhook from the struggle!

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Teaching girls bravery, not perfection

How willing are you to face discomfort and take risks? Or have you learned that “getting it perfect” is the most important?

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