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.
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 whole foods and even had a line of 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.