Are you juggling parenthood, career, marriage and more? Feeling the effects of chronic stress? Experiencing added marital conflict and strain? Questioning your parenting techniques?
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, and Life Coach, I help parents in all phases of parenthood to be more effective in managing stress, navigating their relationships, and fine tune their parenting skills. My clients are busy, bright motivated mothers and fathers who seek assistance in juggling their many roles.
I completed my Masters in Counseling Psychology at Lewis & Clark College in 1997, following undergraduate work in biology and psychology at Western Oregon State College. After graduating, I worked in several residential treatment agencies. During that time I worked as a therapist with children, adolescents, their families and their community support liaisons and as a clinical manager supervising and supporting the treatment team.
I began a part time private practice in 2001, completed my counseling license (Licensed Professional Counselor in State of Oregon) in 2003 and shortly thereafter left agency work to focus full time on my private practice.
As my practice grew, I became aware my cognitive behavioral, solution focused, mindfulness based approach fits well with a coaching model, so in 2010 after much research and in the field training, I begin offering life coaching services to my clients as an additional option. Having entered parenthood myself in 2005, I find that assisting parents, particularly mothers in their relationships, is a natural and joyful direction for me.
I recall a moment when I experienced the intersection of parenthood, business, and relationship. One of my roles is to manage the wellness center my husband I and I co-own, which requires meeting potential tenants to show office space to. My husband was unable to watch my then three year old son, so I brought him along with directions to behave himself (you are laughing now?). So I find myself sitting with a therapist, potential office tenant, trying to talk about her practice, our space, her goals, business details etc, and I notice that my son is running up and down the hall outside the office we are in, throwing his balled up dirty socks up in the air laughing gleefully. I gently redirected him to no avail. He knew that I was occupied and could not focus on him or really engage in managing his behavior in that moment. I was fairly embarrassed, and needless to say I do everything within my power these days to avoid bringing my children along for meetings!
My own family consists of my husband, my 9 year old son, 5 year old daughter and one rescue pit bull terrier (who enjoys being with my clients as well). I enjoy gardening, camping, hiking, cooking, and many creative pursuits. My husband works full time and I manage my practice and Wellness Center- The North Portland Growth Place, while raising our children. I am blessed to have the flexibility that owning my own business provides. I have navigated the many transitions that first, one baby, then another, have brought. I listened to many mama friends in various states of employment, and I realized that moms who maintain a career along with all our other roles, have unique challenges. I envision myself as a master juggler, tending to the current needs of my family, always prioritizing, triaging, planning, strategizing, facing the daily unexpected adventures as they come while staying present to the moment. But I certainly could not do it alone. I am blessed to have a supportive spouse, healthy children and many great mama friends, mentors and teachers.