Live from the Heart
of Your Self
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Let’s Find the Way Together
When you don’t fit social norms somehow, seeking help for common human problems or issues can be like running your self-worth and dignity through a gauntlet. If you don’t conform in ways society expects and often demands, you are more vulnerable to being stigmatized, rejected or discounted even by those who are in professional positions to offer you care.
You deserve to be seen, to be heard, and to be yourself anywhere you find yourself.
You are genderqueer, transgender, or love as a lesbian, gay man, bisexual or asexual person. You’ve come out as transgender and are married in a heterosexual relationship.
Your body size, shape, or ability doesn’t conform to respected standards. Your spirituality or religion is non-Christian, or you are questioning/rejecting the traditional religious doctrine you were born into. You choose holistic forms of medicine, healthcare, and nutrition. You are a couple who chooses not to have children.
Or maybe less obvious, you are an introvert who would rather be alone or dive deeply into a meaningful interaction then mingle with many people in lighted-hearted social gatherings.
You have a debilitating chronic illness that no one can see. You love and live with someone who is chronically ill.
Somehow, you thrive and struggle on the margins of family, society and culture.
Being or feeling marginalized may be part of what you want to work on in therapy, but it may have nothing to do with it. It’s just so much easier, regardless, to open to and trust someone when you can feel their authentic acceptance and respect for the unique presence you bring into the world.
I am excited and honored to join you as you explore mindful self-discovery, transformation, deeper love and connection in relationship, spiritual awareness, and whole-hearted wellness. Psychotherapy with a trusted, competent guide provides the ground and compass for increased acceptance of truth in the present moment, self-compassion, and intentional change.
I see you, I hear you, and celebrate who you are. I am a therapist who knows and leans into the borderlands of life. If it seems we could do some meaningful work together, give me a call at 503-893-4318.
We can talk briefly to get more acquainted. I’ll ask you about what’s going on, what you hope to accomplish, and what’s in your way. You can ask me questions. From there, we can schedule an initial session.