Brief History - I was born in Miami, grew up in New Orleans, married in San Francisco, had two daughters in Los Angeles and chose to settle with my husband and children in SE Portland over 36 years ago.
I continue to appreciate living in the Pacific Northwest. When not working, I love being with my family and friends, exploring forests, practicing Buddhism with the Zen Community of Oregon, and traveling with my husband to faraway places, i.e. Kerala, India (pictured above).
My therapeutic focus helps people reduce their stress and learn to navigate adversity with more self-compassion, clarity and ease. I have 30 years experience working in Portland with adults and families facing complex issues related to parenting, relationships, depression, anxiety, and addiction recovery. I also offer presentations and trainings for health care providers, schools, and businesses interested in using mindfulness and stress reduction skills in the workplace.
I am deeply inspired by the courage and perseverance shown by the wonderful people I am privileged to work with. I find purpose and connection in my life by joining with all who are willing to face life's challenges with a compassionate, courageous heart and the abiding strength of a good sense of humor.
Experience in Mental Health and Addictions
Private Practice 2006 to date
Therapeutic counseling for stress, relationships, grief,
depression, anxiety, and addiction recovery.
Group facilitation for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction,
Depression, and Addiction Relapse Prevention.
Yoga and Reiki for emotional balance and well-being.
Mindfulness Consultant and Instructor 2008 to date
Volunteers of America Oregon
Women's Residential Treatment Center
Prison Re-Entry Program Director 2004-2006
University of Western States 2015-2018 On-Line Course
Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine
Psychology of Eating & Wellness
Behavioral Health Clinician 1996-2008
Cascadia Behavioral Health
Program Director 1996-2004
Metropolitan Family Service
Adult and Family Support
Mindfulness Trainer & Consultant Contracts
Women's Residential Treatment Program, Volunteers of America Oregon
Providence Health System
eMindful, a leading provider of evidence-based programs targeting health care
Mindful Medicine, Portland based non-profit addressing health care provider stress
InAct, Gambling Addiction Treatment, Volunteers of America Oregon
University of Western States
Tulane University School of Social Work, New Orleans LA
NIKE, Inc Sustainable Business, Portland OR
Oregon Attorney Assistance Program, Portland
Oregon Mediation Association, Portland
Tuality Healthcare, Hillsboro, Oregon
UCSF Medical School, Opiate Addictions Unit, San Francisco
InsightLA Center for Mindfulness, Los Angeles
Against the Stream Buddhist Center, Los Angeles
Align Integrative Wellness Centers, San Francisco, CA and Portland, OR
See True Mindfulness Center, Maastricht, Netherlands
Education and Training
Professional Buddhist Chaplain 2021
Upaya Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Professional Facilitator Certification in five Mindfulness-Based Curricula
UC San Diego School of Medicine 2009/2016
Training in Stress Reduction, Relapse Prevention for Addictions, Depression, Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindful Eating
Annual Continuing Professional Education 20 hrs/year
Studies include: trauma, neuropsychology, somatic treatment, gender, race, decolonization of therpeutic treatment, psychedelic drug treatment, spirituality in treatment
Licensure by Oregon State Board of Clinical Social Workers 1999
Masters in Social Work, Portland State University 1996
Bachelors in Science, Communications, University of Texas, Austin 1974Continuing
Jukai (Taking Formal Buddhist Vows) Zen Community of Oregon 2018; Upaya Zen Center 2020
Professional Yoga Instructor Training - Yoga Union, Portland 2007