I view therapy as an intimate form of learning. In this sense the work is a vehicle to assist in getting more out of life by slowing down and increasing awareness around habits that are impairing quality of life.
The work is collaborative and strengths-based. Together we’ll focus on creating a safe environment to speak openly with one another. My role is to help gain clarity and a deeper understanding of your self, which leads to more loving and productive life.
Mindfulness and compassion provide a grounded yet spacious container for deeper self-understanding. Sometimes the body will be used as a window into the unconscious to study whatever presents itself.
We will explore relationships with your self as well as others. We’ll spend some time in the past undoing old experiences and spend time in the present re-wiring new ones.
My work is rooted in the belief of the innate healing power of every being. Blending eastern wisdom with western science, I am clinically trained in a number of theoretical orientations including: Hakomi Psychotherapy, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), and Internal Family Systems (IFS). Additionally, I’ve studied Brené Brown’s work on shame and vulnerability.
Prior to becoming a therapist, I was plant-based chef specializing in raw foods and had a line products in stores called Holy Chow. Before venturing into nutrition, I owned and operated one of the first Pilates studios in Portland, Oregon. It’s safe to say that exploring health and wellness has been a passion of mine for most of my life.
I hold a master’s degree in Counselor Education from Portland State University and am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Oregon (#C3249). I’m also certified in Plant Based Nutrition through Cornell University.
“From the beginning, I sensed a remarkable amount of trust, compassion, and kindness which allowed me to express myself openly. I couldn’t have asked for a better or more transformative experience.” ~ Alexi M.
“Caring. Empathic. Effective.” ~ Greg J.
“Kerry is exceptionally kind and genuinely warm. She welcomes the whole of me, especially the parts of me that I have traditionally kept hidden.” ~ Sophie M.