My mission is to help you explore life as your authentic self. I want to make space for you to understand I believe that therapy is a collaborative process that can promote connection and strength. I feel that clients are the experts in their own lives and experiences, my goal as a therapist is to act as your guide in navigating the path to growth and healing. Our thoughts, feelings, and experiences are informed by the systems that surround us, shaping who we are and how we engage in the world. I believe that by working collaboratively, therapy can be the tool for change that can help you develop agency and reauthor your life to strengthen relationships with yourself and others. My goal is to help support you in achieving your goals, whatever they may be.
Caitlin specializes in…
- Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Child and Family Studies – Portland State University
- Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy with specialization in Sex Therapy – Lewis and Clark College
- Advanced Trainings
- Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT): Attachment-based Interventions to Treat Trauma, Anxiety, and Depression
- The Clinician’s Suicide Prevention Summit: Treatment Strategies to Inspire Hope and Save Lives
- Sex, Desire & Attachment: New Science & Strategies to Transform Couples’ Sex Lives
I decided that I wanted to become a therapist in response to my own navigation of relationships and sexuality. Sexuality has always fascinated me but I grew up in an environment where repression was the norm. I always held the belief that sex is a normal part of life, and began looking more critically at the messages that I had grown up with. As a result, one of my primary goals as a sex therapist is to deconstruct narratives of shame or guilt that may have been internalized, and develop a safe, fulfilling relationship with clients.
Depending on ones own experiences, sex can be empowering, shameful, or scary for people to discuss. Our histories, values, and beliefs, shape the ways in which we view the world around us and contribute to the parts of ourselves that we are able to accept or reject. I aim to help move clients away from fear and guide them to what they want in their lives, relationships, and sex. I approach my work with clients with curiosity and empathy, and take care to ensure that I understand their experiences as authentically as I can.
I adopt an integrationist approach and practice therapy from a systemic, trauma-informed lens, utilizing frameworks such as EFT, IFS, and narrative therapy. I incorporate social-justice and equity into my approach to therapy and believe that it is critical to create a safe relationship free of judgment. I am excited to walk alongside you on your path.