Counselor 1 - Eastside
I love working with people of all stages of life. I believe that by exploring the experiences we've gone through and examining the relationships we have in our lives, we can figure out how to better navigate ourselves in this life. Being able to be part of that process of understanding ourselves and working together towards a brighter future is what I love about counseling.
Education and Experiences:
I got my bachelor's degree in psychology at George Fox University. From there I went on to earn my Master's in Counseling from Corban University. I counseled mainly college students while I was working on my Master's degree so I have a lot of experience working with the hardships of college life such as anxiety, depression, feeling lost in life, struggles in relationships, and more.
Philosophy and Approach:
My approach takes into account the issues of emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being. By first establishing a strong therapeutic relationship with each other, my hope is to be able to help you identify and develop goals for therapy. Although the theoretical orientations used may vary from person to person, I usually approach counseling sessions with a client-centered, psychodynamic approach. This allows you the freedom to explore any aspect you would like to look into, and from there, exploring past experiences to identify patterns that may be there. With this, there may also be some strength-based approaches as well as some psychoeducation to help you better understand what you are going through and how you are feeling.
I am the oldest son in a family with 5 kids and I think that really made me a family-oriented person growing up. I wear many hats in life however... Sometimes I teach English to Japanese students, other times I am a youth leader for the church I attend. I also enjoy playing the guitar and generally spending time with friends. I especially love going mini-golfing with friends and family!