I am a researcher, entrepreneur, clinical psychologist, and psychotherapy trainer in Portland, Oregon.

Research and writing background: I have been conducting research on shame, self-criticism, stigma, and the interpersonal functions of emotion, particularly in the context of addiction, since 2002. I have been a co-investigator, consultant, therapist, and trainer on grants funded by the National Institutes of Health. I have also published on the training and dissemination of evidence-based therapies and numerous longitudinal, cross-sectional, and intervention studies including the first randomized trial of an intervention focused on helping people with shame in addiction (in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology). I have also been an investigator on studies of mindfulness-based relapse prevention and emotion-focused therapy. I am co-author of two books on ACT: Learning Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, one of the best-selling ACT books for therapists, and a new one called Values in Therapy: A Clinician’s Guide to Helping Clients Explore Values, Increase Psychological Flexibility, and Live a More Meaningful Life with Jenna LeJeune. You can see a full list of my chapters and articles here and my books here.

Business background: I enjoy creating new organizations and starting new initiatives and businesses. I have built and run small businesses since 2002. I was an early contributor to the development of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science and chaired the first ACT Summer Training Institute in 2004. In 2007, I co-founded (along with Jenna LeJeune, Ph.D.) the Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, & Training Center—a research and training clinic based on a social enterprise model that uses business revenue to fund scientific researchI have created numerous websites and currently blog at ACT with compassion—a blog for therapists interested in bringing more compassion and effectiveness to their work with highly self-critical clients. As part of addressing the barriers to practice-based research, I helped co-found a nonprofit which hosts a federally funded IRB, called the Behavioral Health Research Collective.

Therapy Training Background: Since 1998, I have studied Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) including 4 years as an early career professional working with Steve Hayes at the University of Nevada, Reno. I am a peer-reviewed ACT trainer, former chair of the ACT Training Committee, and former president of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. I have also received intensive training in Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy and conduct research on its mechanisms of action.

Clinical experience: I am Licensed Psychologist who has been providing psychotherapy for over 20 years.

***If you are looking for individual therapy, I am not currently accepting new clients. I recommend checking out our other therapists at Portland Psychotherapy. **

I specialize in working with people who suffer from chronic depression, shame, self-criticism and low self-esteem.  I primarily use methods from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  I have worked in a range of treatment settings, such as: an employee assistance program, a psychotherapy training and research clinic, a suicide prevention hotline, a private practice specializing in working with LGBTQ+ folks, a parole and probation program, a college counseling center, a homeless outreach center, a LGBTQ+ community center, an HIV wellness service, an inpatient treatment center, an outpatient mental health center, a medical school, a residential addictions treatment program, and a veterans affairs hospital.