As a clinician providing full-time Integrated Behavioral Health Care services at Oak Street Medical I bring over nine years of experience working in the field of domestic and sexual violence and with those who have been diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness. Due to the variation of populations I have served, working within the Integrated Care model is a natural fit and one I am very excited about! By being an integral part of a primary care setting I am able to coordinate with medical team providers to quickly meet, screen, and support the behavioral health needs of individuals that are at Oak Street Medical Clinic for primary care visits. I am able to immediately serve the needs of patients in the clinic with a referral from their primary care provider. Using the Integrated Care approach provides the best outcome for mental health stabilization. Integrated Behavioral Health Care is also one of the highest and most comprehensive levels of care that utilizes a team based approach that leaves individuals feeling cared for, supported, and empowered.
I have worked for many years with local non-profit organizations in Lane County to provide services specific to domestic and sexual violence. I have spent over two years working within Lane County Legal Aid’s Survivors Justice Center providing legal domestic and sexual assault advocacy and behavioral health support for the many clients they serve. I have also worked at the PeaceHealth Behavioral Health Unit-(inpatient psychiatric acute care) for four years. During that time I began to embrace the ideal of integrated care in the hospital setting and therefore was able to fluidly transition into providing Integrated Behavioral Health Care at Oak Street Medical. Due to the variation of patients I have worked with during my career I was able to gain vast experience with many different symptoms and diagnosis- all forms of depression and anxiety, grief/loss, personality disorders, PTSD (complex), trauma, bi polar disorders, schizophrenia, psychosis, adjustment disorders, eating disorders, substance use disorders, developmental and life transitions, and sleeping disorders.
I work from a strengths-based approach that emphasizes the importance of balanced living through improved self-care and life management skills. My approach to therapy is to support the mind, body, and spirit of each person I work with. I enjoy helping individuals learn to understand and manage their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. My goal is to support patients in living a happier, healthier, positive, and productive lifestyle. I have training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Crisis De-Escalation, Suicide Prevention, and Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy. I am also in the process to become certified in the SAFE model EMDR with a focus on Somatic Attachment.
I hold a Bachelor’s of Arts in Social Science with an area of concentration in Substance Use Prevention from the University of Oregon, minoring in Women’s Studies and English. I have a Master’s in Social Work from Portland State University. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from the Board of Licensed Social Workers in the State of Oregon. I am looking forward to working with any and all patients who are using primary care services at Oak Street Medical!