I trust the healing and growth potential of the therapeutic process and therapist-client relationship. My approach to counseling is relationship-focused, client-centered, and holistic. I am skilled at listening, asking effective questions, and inviting clients to examine their presenting concerns or struggles in a safe and supportive way. I specialize in relationship issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, parenting, the psyche of current and former athletes as well as themes of race and cultural identity.
*Current openings! Through a social justice lens, I accompany people on their journey to a more grounded and liberated life by exploring how our intersecting identities and cultural experiences have led to the ways we are hurt, but also hold the keys to how we heal. For my clients, these layers of oppression may result in anxiety, depression, trauma, and racial identity concerns. We'll work together to process your experience, draw out your strengths, and support your goals. I love working with Asian American adults, and other People of Color, to connect the impacts of history, oppression, and culture on mental health and wellbeing.
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Oregon with over 20 years of experience helping individuals heal from their past, cope with present difficulties, discover their strengths, & move toward a healthier, more fulfilling future. My practice is grounded in humanistic & person-centered philosophies and within this therapeutic framework, I use an integrative & collaborative approach that tailors evidence-based interventions with your unique needs & personal circumstances. With inclusion, equity & diversity as foundational values, I strive to offer culturally relevant care and am a BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and non-binary affirming provider.
REGRETFULLY I AM CURRENTLY NOT TAKING ON NEW CLIENTS:After more than 30 years of practice, I find that while theoretical frameworks are useful, much more significant is the relationship that the client and therapist develop. It is in this relational container that the most important relationship is forged and manifested; that of the client to themself. My style is dynamic, directive, and intuitive.My sense of humor is pretty good too. I have great respect for my clients' intelligence, time and resources and don't want to waste them.
Are you feeling lost trying to navigate COVID on top of everyday stressors? Feeling like no one is able to truly hear and support you? Are you ready for lasting and poignant changes in your life, but unsure of where to start? As a licensed clinical social worker, I have been trained to view clients as a holistic person with a various systems that have influence on their life. I believe that it is of upmost importance that clients are treated in a person-centered practice, rather than based solely on their diagnosis. With the client as the expert, we can develop a plan leading to ultimate acceptance of self & radical healing.
Welcome! I provide psychotherapy services for people interested in making long-term and lasting changes in their lives. My approach focuses on fostering self-awareness through in-depth exploration of your emotional, physical and cognitive experiences. I believe warmth, caring and the ability to really listen are key ingredients in creating a safe and effective therapeutic relationship.
Healing is often a journey in which it is best to have good company, and I would love to join you on yours, to help you find hope, and create space for change, growth, and self-expansion. My approach to counseling is collaborative, compassionate, and strengths-based. We focus on growing internal and community resources while decreasing the negative impacts of anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship challenges, shame, and stigma. I work to be culturally responsive and come from an anti-oppression framework. I seek to invite the cultures, spiritualties, and identities of each of my clients into sessions.
Anxiety may be showing you the burden that is holding you in an unloving and lonely space. This pain may be separating you from your inner wisdom. You may have been told to move on or that you are too sensitive. This becomes our self talk which pulls us further away from healing. I work with women who have had early attachment injury or hurt that has created distance from their most beautiful and adaptive parts. I enjoy working with women to bring these hurting parts to safety and develop trust in themselves as they find a path toward peace and joy.
I am available for remote sessions today as you grapple with these strange times. If your challenges feel more intense or harder to ignore with your routine upended by the COVID-19 pandemic, you are not alone. Fortunately therapy is just as available to you now- I am experienced with remote phone or video sessions, and even hesitant clients are finding these sessions surprisingly effective. Whether your anxiety is running high, you're struggling with parenting cooped-up kids or you're stressed financially, I am here to listen, support and help you find greater peace, more rewarding relationships and deeper meaning in life.
Not currently taking new clients. ursa major counseling is for my fellow sensitive stargazers feeling less-than-stellar in this insensitive world. I specialize in therapy for highly sensitive people (HSP). Being HSP is kinda like The Force: very lightside/darkside. Lightside: you're ultra-caring, sunsets are like whoa, people’s vibes write you novels & you have the kind of intense emotional connections that they write songs about. Darkside: you're exhausted, you hustle to please everyone & get it perfect but are still up worrying at 4 AM, you have the kind of intense emotional connections that they write songs about.
I have always enjoyed the story about the little boy that was walking along the beach picking up starfish and throwing them back into the sea. An old man asked the boy why he was throwing them back. The boy replied that he was saving them. The old man told him there were so many starfish on the beach that he couldn't possibly make a difference. The young boy held up a starfish and said to the old man, "It makes a difference to this one."