I received my Masters In Clinical Social Work in 2010 from Portland State University where I also received a Bachelors of Arts as a Psychology major in 2004. I spent several years in the business world before realizing that I had a calling for mental health work. Volunteering at Outside In in their needle exchange program around 2004 had an enormous impact on me and gave me a sense that I wanted to pursue mental health as a profession. Since then I have volunteered at various agencies. I have also worked at Kaiser Permanente in their Adult Outpatient Mental Health clinic as a therapist and Volunteers of America as a drug and alcohol counselor. I spent 2 years as a Child and Family Therapist for a local agency in Vancouver, WA called Family Solutions, and most recently I worked as a counselor at DePaul Treatment Centers working with various types of clients in addictions and dual diagnosis work.
I am married with 2 children and have lived here in Portland, OR most of my life. Although I have lived other places and I have driven cross country multiple times in my life and explored all of the states in the US, I never really found a place I loved more than the Pacific NW and the city of Portland. However, because of my travels across the US I can relate to people on many levels. I’m grateful to be here in Portland, and as they say “there’s no place like home”. So here I am. I enjoy the NW region for it’s skiing, water sports, and outdoor beauty.