Professional Training and Experience
I have pursued a wide variety of training that includes child development, family systems, liberation psychology, community psychology, psychoanalytic theory, neurobiology and the impact of trauma, sandplay therapy, play therapy, expressive arts therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. It is my belief that our best selves are awakened by attending to the soul within, as well as to our relationships and the impact of the diverse social and cultural contexts of our lives.
I received my Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Oregon.
I have a wide range of experience in schools, with families who are houseless, with family reunification and adoption, in behavioral health clinics, with immigrant/refugee families and as a child and family therapist in private practice (7 years in NH). I am also the parent of two grown children.
In 2016 I completed a doctoral degree in Depth Psychology, with emphasis in Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology and Ecopsychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. As I pursued this degree, I worked closely with African immigrant families to better understand the cultural perspectives and values that contributed to their sense of well-being, healing, and capacity to adapt to life in the U.S. This work challenged me to approach issues of diversity, oppression, collective trauma and resilience with humility, compassion, and respect.
My work reflects a social justice perspective and commitment to restorative justice practice.