The term narcissistic parenting was first introduced to me in my own personal therapy. Since then, I become conscious of toxic relationships in every facet of life. Not only in family systems but in romantic relationships, work place dynamics, and friendships. I was constantly feeling like something was wrong with me, I needed to be fixed, I would never be enough, and suffered from these negative inner thoughts, and self-sabotage on a daily basis. As I learned more about Depth Psychology, and found it gave me so much more peace in my life, I wanted to help others find the same.
Narcissism is the dilemma of our time. I believe every person is affected by the epidemic of narcissism in Western culture. Unfortunately, more and more people are suffering from narcissistic abuse through personal relationships, the rise of social media, and the pressure placed on young children to perform, be successful, and look good while doing it.
Every child, and adult, deserves to be seen, heard, and accepted for the individual they are. I use a Depth Psychology approach which is based on the foundation of bringing the unconscious to consciousness. We will explore your aspects of ego and soul while introducing concepts of The Feminine (one half of a duality that is lost in our Patriarchal culture), individuation (learning about your unique Self), persona/shadow archetypes (who you are comfortable showing to the world and the other side you are not), projections (inner feelings you displace onto the outside world), and many more. I feel there is no one way or clear straight path to treat every person, other theories and approaches will be used and interwoven. There is no formula, but more an art form, an improvisation to each individual and each session which is led by you, the client. I will support you in living a more conscious life.
I received my Master’s in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. I am a Professional Counselor Associate with specialties in narcissistic abuse, addiction, feminine psychology, mother/daughter relationships, persona and shadow work, depression, and anxiety. I have worked as a substance abuse counselor at The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center for men and at the non-profit Mother & Child Education Center working with new and expecting mothers and couples.
I run a Meetup group called Co-Narcissism that holds workshops to education members on the term and it’s patterns, as well as a place to share personal experiences and connect with others learning about these relationship dynamics. My graduate thesis, Co-Narcissism: Addiction to Persona can be found online.
I live a spiritual approach to life that includes the belief of our connection to nature and each other, or what Carl Jung termed the collective unconscious. I love learning about the planets through astrology, mythology, dreams, and keeping up with pop culture through music and movies of all genres. I enjoy spending time with my niece and dog Baxter, playing tennis, attempting to cook, sing, and dance, and of course, trying restaurants of all types of food that my hometown Portland has to offer.