I received my Masters of Science Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas in 1982. I was already working full time in a program run by the State of Nevada doing training for parents of infants and toddlers. These children were “high-risk, ” or had known problems with development and/or behavior. After receiving my graduate degree, I was hired into another program with the state, providing outpatient psychotherapy services to children, adolescents, parents and families. Group counseling services relevant to children, adolescents and families were provided. I was part of a comprehensive pilot program working with all ages of sexual abuse and victims, their non- offending parents, and the offenders (separately.) Additionally, I provided classes to parents on various topics.
I moved to Oregon in 1987 and was hired as the only child and family therapist for Linn County Mental Health at that time. I began working part time in private practice in Corvallis in 1989, and worked part time at the Pastoral Counseling Center for a couple of years. I have been in full-time private practice here since then. I also served as Behavior Management Consultant for Kidco Head Start in Linn & Benton Counties for nearly 20 of those years. I have provided numerous trainings for parents through the Linn- Benton Community College Family Support and Connections Program, and through various public and private school districts in our area. I have provided trainings and supervision for other professionals in the area of play therapy as well.
I endeavor to assist my clients in achieving the changes they seek in their lives; to connect to the best version of themselves possible. I seek to support growth and healing, and to inspire and empower clients to accomplish the goals they have set for themselves in therapy.