Nearby is the country they call life. You will know it by its seriousness. Give me your hand. 

R A I N E R  M A R I A  R I L K E


For over twenty-five years I’ve counseled couples and families with big, complicated challenges. I have steady nerves, clear vision, unrelenting optimism that people can grow through their worst crises, and heart.

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My passion for helping, counseling, and social work is so great, I teach others about it. For over a decade I’ve taught counseling to students at local universities. Alongside that, I work with professional folks in non-profit and healthcare settings, training on vicarious trauma, trauma-informed care, supervision practices, and the ethics of helping.

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I write essays, memoir, and the occasional piece of fiction. For many years I wrote copiously and forgettably for newspapers, but now I write the kind of stories that I enjoy reading myself: authentic, intimate, complicated, unashamed grappling with what makes us human.

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Group Supervision
This bi-monthly clinical supervision group brings clinicians together to deepen their understanding of trauma-informed care and to create a safe, reflective[...]

Strong @ the Broken Places

Ernest Hemingway said, “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places.” I have a career-long passion for helping people in the helping professions explore the impact of vicarious trauma, the cumulative, transformative impact of working with people facing extreme adversities, and ways to expand professional insight and resilience.


Reflections on Dogs and Trauma
This post is taken from a longer Keynote Address delivered at the Through the Eyes of a Child Conference XXI for[...]
Ariel Gore writes through the pain of her mother’s death
Appeared in The Oregonian, February 25, 2014. If Cheryl Strayed's Wild was a grungier version of that original 21st century[...]
Appeared in The Sun: A Magazine of Ideas in January 2017. Many times I had seen my father act out[...]

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