About Me

Personal Background:

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I was raised mostly in Oregon, and have lived in Roseburg since 1995. I am married, have one adult daughter, and recently welcomed my first grandchild. I love living in the Umqua Valley where one of my favorite things to do is to hike along the beautiful trails of the North Umqua River. I am also a world traveler; I have been to many countries to explore different cultures, meet diverse people, and savor ethnic foods and festivals. I view my life as a journey – I am so gratified that this journey has brought me here, to serve others through rich conversations,  joining them on their journey toward wholeness.

Philosophy:

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With a background of nursing and social work, I offer a warm, encouraging, and whole-person perspective to therapy. Based on a philosophy that all people have within them an innate capacity for healing and growth, my work with children, individuals, couples and families is inherently empowering.

Approaches:

  • Stone towerMindfulness
  • Mind body integrative therapies
  • Play Therapy
  • Sand tray therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Parent coaching
  • Emotionally focussed therapy
  • EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Theoretical Application:

  • Attachment Theory
  • Neurobiological Brain Based Strategies
  • Family systems Theory

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health Sciences University, 1980
  • Masters in Social Work from Portland State University, 2004
  • Post graduate certificate in Infant Toddler Mental Health from Portland State University, 2007

Experience:

  • Nursing experience includes Maternity nursing; Emergency Room, Behavioral Health Nursing, Public Health Nursing
  • Social Work experience includes Child Welfare, Douglas County Mental Health, specializing in treatment of children and families.
  • Instructor in Mindfulness, Infant Massage, and Motivational Interviewing

Additional training:

  • EMDR – Eye Movement  Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Mindfulness Teacher Training
  • Hakomi Method of Mind/Body integration
  • Emotionally Focussed Couples Therapy training
  • Play therapy modalities
  • Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics – Child Trauma Academy