Title: Senior Staff Psychologist
Alma Mater: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (1986)
Professional Interests: I practice Psychodynamic, humanistic, and Jungian orientation while incorporating Cognitive Behavorial Therapy strategies, guided imagery and subpersonality work. My interests include men's issues, ADHD, gay and bisexual issues, sleep and dreams, international and non-traditional students, creativity, and spirituality.
Personal Interests: I have lived and traveled extensively in Southeast Asia and have spent much time roaming the canyons of the American Southwest. I enjoy hiking, creative writing, photography, composing music, and mentoring youth.
UO Love: Easy access to the mountains and the beach.
Senior Staff Psychologist
I very much enjoy working with the college population. Many students are at a unique place in their lives; they are developing the capacity and autonomy to explore unresolved issues from the past, while also discovering their unique identities and establishing preferred social milieus. Beyond this, I have particular interest and experience in working with: men's issues, mind-body issues, LGBTQIA+ issues, dream work and imagery, creativity, and clients with unconventional beliefs and lifestyles. Additionally, in the past few years I have developed expertise in suicide prevention.
Theoretical Orientation and Therapy Approach
I was trained in Psychodynamic Psychology. Jungian and humanistic psychology provide me with an overall frame that tends to depathologize clients—seeing them as unique individuals who, while struggling with deficits and unresolved wounds, also harbor unique strengths that long for expression and are needed in the world. Informed by Interpersonal Psychotherapy, I have come to appreciate the transformative power of the healing relationship that therapy can provide. As a generalist working in a counseling center, I also employ some Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as behavioral and mind-body techniques when appropriate.
Supervision Approach and Model
I view supervision as a delicate and shifting balance between competing needs and roles. While the supervisor cannot escape the authority that comes with the role, ideally this is softened by the supervisor's consistent support of the intern's development and well-being. It is within the context of a supportive relationship that an intern is able to be appropriately vulnerable and work on growth edges as well as cultivating and expressing strengths. The supervisory relationship changes over the course of the year. Early on, the focus is often on learning the "nuts and bolts" of the agency and making the transition to Eugene and a full-time internship. Rapport and trust are critical developments here. Later on in the internship, the supervisory relationship often shifts to a more collaborative and consultative stance as the intern achieves greater autonomy and begins to explore career options.