Ben Pic croppedI work with lower-income adults and families on issues of trauma, substance abuse, mood difficulties, relational intimacy, gender/sexual identity, chronic illness, and navigating the often confusing crossroads of differing cultural worldviews.

I am passionate about learning and understanding your cultural perspective and believe solutions should be tailored to fit within your worldview. I have extensive training and experience with multiple cultural groups from around the world and am also particularly passionate about culturally responsiveness, having extensive training and experience working with Native Americans as well as Pacific Rim and Latin American immigrants.

I have a flexible, strengths-based approach that integrates the contexts of your life (Inter-subjective, Trauma-informed Care, Eco-psychology, and Multicultural modalities) as well as how you find meaning in your life (DBT and Existentialism). I believe an integrative approach to mental health is essential in that my clients’ struggles often relate to underlying nutritional imbalances, untreated illness, or are expressed as body experiences. I have also trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level I, a body-based approach to treating trauma and post-traumatic stress.  Above and beyond theory and approach, our therapeutic relationship and personality fit are extremely important parts of your counseling experience. I am guided by the approach you find meaningful and effective, believing you possess innate strengths, coping skills, and potential to be fulfilled in moving beyond your presenting concerns.

I hold a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Portland State University, maintain a National Certified Counselor credential (NCC) with the National Board of Certified Counselors, and am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) through the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists.

I am originally from Austin, Texas and have lived in several different cities including New York, San Francisco, and Kathmandu, Nepal. I have worked around and am familiar with U.S. Military culture. I have worked in wilderness education and believe strongly in the healing power of Nature. Finally, I was also once on a first-name basis with Big and Elmo, having worked at Sesame Street for a time.