Areas of Focus

About Chris

I am a licensed therapist who provides services to clients in Oregon (LPC and CADC1) and New Mexico (PCMHC) through a HIPAA compliant platform for telehealth video. My client base consists of individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+ and are coping with the impact of trauma, as well as those struggling with anxiety, depression, and death anxiety. I also work with neuro-divergent clients who experience symptoms of ADHD or are on the Autism spectrum.

As an affirming clinician, I do not believe in "curing" or "fixing" Autism or ADHD. Instead, I focus on identifying clients' strengths, support needs, and creative capabilities while deconstructing harmful societal messages. I affirm that my clients are not broken and do not need "fixing." I approach therapy by finding ways to make clients' lives more functional for them and support their healing journey.

I am also aware of the impact of systemic oppression on mental health and ensure that the therapeutic space is conducive to unpacking experiences related to racism, sexism, homophobia, fat-phobia, transphobia, and ableism.

In addition to being a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor I, I served as the 2022 President of the North West Association for Death and Bereavement Services. My passion for working with individuals in the tender moments at the end of life led me to become involved with this organization.

I welcome clients who may be interested in incorporating holistic or alternative approaches into their therapeutic practices, such as spirituality, astrology, tarot, ritual practices, and meditation. I take a client-centered approach, supporting clients on their path to healing, whatever that may be.

As a therapist, I have training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and am fully trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for the treatment of trauma. I also use "parts work" regularly to assist clients in understanding their inner child, inner managers, and other parts that contribute to their inner life.

Areas of Focus