My journey began in Europe, the Netherlands. As an adult, I found my way to the US where I completed my studies.
I have worked with people of all ages and have gained a solid understanding of the stages of development and the spectrum that is mental health and well-being. I truly enjoy helping others and I have a passion for learning, travel, reading, yoga and finding new ways to challenge myself.
I consider myself a lifelong student, on my own path of personal growth and expansion, and I feel a great sense of gratitude for the opportunity to help others find their way to positive change and healing.
I am licensed in Oregon and Colorado and I hold memberships with the International Association for EMDR (EMDRIA) and the International Centre For Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT).
Therapeutic change is a collaborative process and my goal is to listen closely, be present with you and use my professional experience and training to help you create positive change in your life. What you bring, your innate wisdom, strengths, resources and motivation for change is an equally important element of this process.
Talking is a useful part of the therapeutic process and it is important to have a safe place where you can share your experience without being judged.
Another important component of therapy is to be able to be with your emotions and observe body sensations in the present moment. I will guide you in this process with curiosity and compassion.
Early in my career, I developed a special interest in trauma and specifically how traumatic experiences impact mind, body, emotion and our relationships. I was struck by the concept of relational trauma and began to realize how many of us have experienced this in varying degrees.
Trauma alters how we feel and think and this leads to changes in our relationships. We develop new (negative) beliefs about ourselves and the world around us, feel less safe or at fault. These memories are stored in our minds and bodies, and therefore, trauma is a physiological problem as much as it is a psychological problem. With this knowledge, I began integrating somatic and relational interventions to help people heal from their painful memories.
I strongly believe that what you bring to our sessions is of utmost importance and that together we create a therapeutic space where you feel seen and heard and can work on reaching your goals. The first step in this process is for us to discover if we are a good match and for me to learn about your concerns.