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I began learning about psychology, human development and behavior in my native country in Europe, the Netherlands, and once I found my way to the Rogue Valley I earned a Master's Degree in Counseling from Southern Oregon University.
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 journey 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 in life.
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.
In my work I focus on developing relational health both with individuals as well as couples and use the attachment focused model EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) to promote safe and secure relational functioning.
EMDR I and EMDR II Training
Early Trauma Protocol (EMDR)
Repairing Trauma in the Attachment Period
Toward an Emodied Self: Somatic Methods
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples
Sessions Salon Clinical Training with Esther Perel
Neurofeedback Training with the EEG Institute
Licensure and Certification
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) through the State of Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists
Certified Therapist in EMDR with EMDRIA
Train the Trainer Certification with the ChildTrauma Academy
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional with the International Association for Trauma Professionals