Therapy / Counseling for Teens and Adults in Northeast Portland 


I've specialized in helping adults and teens through tough times for more than 15 years. Through a warm, down-to-earth, collaborative approach I'll partner with you to achieve your goals for change and find peace with the way life is. By using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with a focus on mindfulness and your unique strengths, I can help you understand and change unhelpful thoughts, feelings and behaviors.


Through our work you'll develop a better awareness of who you are, what you want and how to get it. I'll help you discover and feel confident in yourself, and figure out how to live the life you want. Together we will identify problem areas or places where you feel stuck and find new ways of responding that will afford more enjoyable, fulfilling outcomes. Change is always possible. Making an appointment for therapy is a brave first step in the process.


My experience and training make me especially qualified to help individuals manage a broad variety of concerns, including but not limited to:

  • Managing anxiety

  • Navigating work-related stress

  • Improving self-esteem, self-advocacy and boundaries

  • Coping with family, dating and relationship challenges

  • Life transitions (including being new to Portland)

  • The unique challenges facing college students and teens

  • Embracing LGBTQ+ identity

  • Living with ADHD, Asperger's and/or autism. 


I earned my bachelor's degree in psychology from the State University of NY at Stony Brook in 2003, and my master's degree in social work (MSW) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice in 2005. I then completed three years of intensive clinical practice and study, earning my LCSW (licensed clinical social worker) credential in 2011. I have extensive training in evidence-based practices including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

Outside my private practice I’ve worked as a therapist in many settings: University of Pennsylvania’s Treatment Research Center, Elwyn’s Philadelphia residential treatment facility, New York City’s Green Chimney’s Gramercy Residence and various NYC high schools. I’m proud to have co-created two unique programs for students on the autism spectrum in New York City public schools. I served as director and supervisor of Green Chimney's Children's Services group home for LGBTQ youth in foster care. My work has allowed me to work as an educational consultant, college counselor and trainer for parents and educators.


I am dedicated to promoting an environment of respect and appreciation for the racial and ethnic membership, gender, sexual identity, social class, religious affiliation, nationality, body size, and/or disability status of all persons. I’m committed to creating and maintaining an atmosphere of openness, trust, and safety where all attitudes, beliefs, values, and behaviors can be freely explored and discussed. I continuously strive to provide a safe place for all clients to be heard, appreciated, and accepted.


Change is always possible, even when problems feel insurmountable. Making an appointment for therapy is often a brave first step in the healing and growth process. I offer a free, initial phone consultation to see if we'd be a good fit and have daytime and evening hours available. Any time you're are ready to chat, I'd love to hear from you!