I grew up in Austin, Texas and earned a Bachelors degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. Then I moved west and received my Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington in Seattle before settling in Portland in 2013. I have worked with children and families in a variety of settings including: juvenile justice, schools, inpatient residential treatment centers, and outpatient clinics. I enjoy working with all definitions of families and clients from various ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. I'm passionate about helping people find real and sustainable change and I'm honored to witness the changes that happen in Client's therapeutic journeys.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Oregon. I am trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and in the process of being nationally certified. I also have a post-graduate certificate in Adoption and Foster Family Therapy from Portland State University. I'm trained and practice from a Family Systems and Attachment, and Solution- Focued approach using Structural and Strategic Family Therapy. Which is fancy jargon for: I tailor my approach to helping each child and family based on individual needs because all families are unique, and parents/caregivers often define "happy" and "successful" differently. Frankly, this looks like helping clients to feel safe and supported to be able to talk to their loved ones about what's bothering them in and outside of therapy. I strongly believe that clients are more likely to have positive therapy experience and outcome when important people (i.e. parents/caregivers/loved ones) are included in their treatment and require family participation for children and adolescents.
When I'm not in the office, you can find me exploring trails with my husband and son, and our 90lb dog, Hank, or searching for the best Hazelnut Latte ...unless, of course, it's NCAA football season, then I'll be rooting on the Texas Longhorns and eating lots of chips, queso and guacamole!