I have been a licensed counselor since 2000 and in private practice in Bend since 2006.
My early training was in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, a model designed by Daniel Hughes, PhD to work with families with children who had severe attachment difficulties. The population I primarily served was children who required residential care, and I received intensive guidance, supervision, and support from Dr. Hughes to use his model in this setting for three years....which still serves to be the foundation of my work. It's experiential, attachment-focused, and based upon providing a new experience of self in relationship.
Throughout the years, my practice has grown to include more mindfulness, somatic awareness, and EMDR. I continue to see relationship and connection as basic human drives and I work with the therapists I support to guide clients to uncover and address the fears, barriers, or guards they have put up in the past to survive relationship and re-learn how to feel safe and thrive in connection.
Professional History of note includes:
-- Worked as a Program Therapist at Villa Santa Maria, an attachment based residential program working closely with Daniel Hughes, PhD, who supervised my work.
-- Presented at the ATTACh conference, along with Scott Blackwell, PhD about providing attachment based care in a residential setting.
-- Clinical Director of Namaste's Residential Treatment Program, also attachment based. Oversaw program changes to create a more therapeutic, and developmentally appropriate model.
-- Clinical Director at Trillium Family Services Residential Treatment Program in Bend, Oregon.
(This program was needed in the area and did some nice work, but wasn't in alignment with my treatment philosophy)
2006 - present
Therapist, consultant, trainer, and registered clinical supervisor at The Attachment Center of Central Oregon, LLC
2007 - 2015
Trainer for Child Welfare Partnership, worked with supporting therapists foster parents, and social workers throughout the State of Oregon in delivering attachment focused and trauma informed care
2008 - 2012
Facilitating an Adoptive Family Support Group for Central Oregon families
Presenter, 2011 GOBHI Spring Conference
Keynote and presenter at 2014 Shoulder to Shoulder Conference
2010 - 2017
Monthly consultation/supervision group for KIDS Center therapists
2016 - 2018
Monthly consultation/supervision group for Deschutes County Mental Health
2019 - present
Monthly consultation/supervision groups for Bend La Pine School District Counselors
Additional trainings and support also provided for:
-- Oregon Post Adoptive Resource Center
-- New Leaf Academy
-- Deschutes County Multidisciplinary Team
-- Central Oregon Association of Psychologists
-- The Clinician's Network of Central Oregon
-- Wheeler County DHS
-- Deschutes County's CASA program
-- Maple Star Oregon
-- Oregon State University's Masters of Counseling Program.