I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) with over 30 years of experience.
I am a Survivor with a Fighting Spirit
At age 2 I became ill with laryngeal tracheal bronchitis, which left me with legal blindness and acquired cerebral palsy. This is one of the reasons I have specialized in vocational counseling. My experience with multiple disabilities gives me unique insight into providing counseling and coaching to people who have disabilities or chronic health conditions and their families and friends. If this describes you, we will work together toward finding job placement, community integration, and improved quality of life.
I have Overcome my Own Challenges as a Mom
As a single mother, I struggled to make ends meet and guide my son through his difficult teenage years. During this time, I sought help from, and served as Program Director for, StandUp Parenting, a reputable peer support group for struggling families. This experience, along with my professional training, has enabled me to help parents of troubled children effectively. If you are at your wit’s end with parenting, we will work together to find creative strategies that are in line with your family’s values.
I am a Proud Wife and Grandmother
Today I am married to a wonderful man who is a blinded veteran and experiences rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We have three awesome grandchildren. Our oldest grandson experiences developmental delays, but is progressing markedly. So, we still deal with challenges, but my home and family are my foundation for healthy living. If you want to strengthen these aspects of your life, I will work with you to manage crisis and build a strong, cooperative family.
As a Counselor, I Employ a Variety of Methods
My approach is eclectic, utilizing concepts of The Person in the Environment Theory. This theory defines the environment, rather than the person, as the problem. I also use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, Strength-Based Counseling, and Solution Focused Therapy to:
Recognize problems and resolve them through strengthening social, mental health and physical supports
Explore issues and work together to change self-talk and set life-changing goals
Find strategies and resources that encourage personal responsibility, empowerment, and independence.
Memberships and Associations
- National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
- EAPrefer® Employee Assistance Program (EAP) qualified social worker
- American Council of the Blind
- American Council of the Blind Human Service Professionals: Immediate Past President and Program Coordinator
- American Council of the Blind of Oregon: Secretary and past Editor of The Stylus
- Metro PDX Chapter – American Council of the Blind of Oregon: President
- Blinded Veterans Association Auxiliary: Immediate Past Reporter