Growing up in a rural community in Oregon, I knew that I wanted to be a therapist at a young age. I would hear people’s problems and challenges and wanted to offer support and encouragement.
People would confide in me and I felt a deep sense of compassion for the people I met. As I got older, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Portland State University then went on to get my Master's degree in Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling from George Fox University and was an Adjunct Professor at Lewis and Clark College Graduate School of Counseling and Education.
I taught courses in Child and Family Therapy and Interventions for Children and Adolescents, as well as supervising at the Community Counseling Clinic.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice, my specialty is working with those hurt by narcissistic abuse. This has led to a deep understanding of personal relationships. This journey has come with me examining my own path of feeling disempowered and unimportant. In my experience as a therapist, I’ve learned that it always comes down to the relationship.
Although I specialize in working with those hurt by narcissistic abuse, I find that most people have had a relationship that was disempowering, dominating, and controlling. This includes me. My own healing journey has led me to specialize in this area, realizing that healthy relationships are possible for everyone.
Curious? Read: Why do I Work with Narcissistic Abuse?
I reside with my husband and three wonderful children, which includes a set of twins. In my free time I enjoy running, yoga, kayaking and anything that gets me outside or by a body of water.
**The WIEBGE acronym stands for “Will I Ever Be Good Enough?”, and signifies certification in Dr. Karyl McBride’s five-step recovery model for treating adult children of narcissistic parents.