I work with parents and children, married couples and individuals. I am interested in evaluating the whole person within their systems including, primary attachment relationships, implicit and explicit messages that adults received as children, the stress/ disease connection, looking at maladaptive patterns established in childhood that need to be corrected to return to the authentic self. I use the work of Gabor Mate, MD and Dan Siegel, MD in my treatment of individuals and families.
I use a variety of therapeutic tools, including but not limited to, Interpersonal Neurobiology, family of origin, play therapy, attachment theory, strengths-focused models, cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic and couple's therapy practices based on the IMAGO work of Harville Hendricks. I have also worked extensively with Hispanic and African clients.
Recent training: Interpersonal Neurobiology Brain Development in Teens Blended Families Reactive Attachment Disorder Working to Raise Confident Children Greenspan's Floortime model Play Therapy with Traumatized Children Children and Families in High Conflict Divorce IMAGO Couple's Counseling Circle of Security Attachment Theory & Infant Brain Development at UCLA The Stress/Disease connection
Call or Email Pearl District Counseling for a free phone consultation now - (503) 866-1084


  • Years in Practice: 15+ Years
  • School: University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Year Graduated: 1997
  • License No. and State: L3066 Oregon


  • Sliding Scale: Yes
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
  • Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check, Health Savings Account, Mastercard, Visa

Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Care Network
  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • Empire BlueCross
  • MODA
  • Moda Health
  • Premera
  • Regence
  • ValueOptions
  • Out of Network
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  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Child or Adolescent


  • Adoption
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Chronic Pain
  • Coping Skills
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Infidelity
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Spirituality
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Teen Violence
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • multicultural issues/ step parenting

Client Focus

Ethnicity: Hispanic and Latino


  • Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6)
  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Attachment-based
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Narrative
  • Play Therapy
  • Relational


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2015
Pearl District Counseling, MSSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Portland

Pearl District Counseling

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSW, LCSW