About Me

Sasha in Paris after WCP 2017 presentation

As an integrative psychotherapist specializing in queer and transgender care, I draw on different techniques and theories to meet my clients’ needs, including humanistic, relational, body-based, and transpersonal psychotherapy, as well as psychoeducation, art, ritual, and journaling.

I also provide support to gifted adults and teens, based on my own struggles and insights and professional literature on counseling the gifted. Finally, I specialize in helping people integrate Buddhist practice and Western psychology to understand and work with spiritual experiences, and for healing and personal growth.

At the core of my practice is helping clients develop their connection to brilliant sanity (an innate wisdom that precedes confusion and suffering), mindfulness-awareness (openness to experience and seeing beyond concepts and habitual patterns), and maitri (unconditional friendliness).

I view healing as a process of deep inner transformation that helps each client connect with the foundation of strength and goodness they already have within.

If you’d like to know more about what to expect in therapy, please read the orientation.

Education

PhD candidate, East-West Psychology
California Institute of Integral Studies, 2013–present
Studied East-West Psychology, somatics, contemplative pedagogy, and qualitative research methods. Dissertation currently in preparation on recovery from bipolar disorder using mindfulness and Buddhist psychology and philosophy.

M.A. Contemplative Psychotherapy
Naropa University, 2013
Studied Buddhist and Western therapy approaches, group process, and mindfulness in counseling.

B.A. French Studies, minor in Art
University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 2003
Studied French and graphic design. Scored the highest rating on the French Embassy’s Test du connaissance du Français, 2004.

Core Training

Mindful-Somatic Counseling Internship
META Counseling Clinic, Portland OR, 2015–2016
Completed a post-Master’s clinical internship in Hakomi body-centered psychotherapy at a low-fee community clinic in Portland OR.

Hakomi Training
Boulder CO, San Francisco CA, and Portland OR, 2010–present
Participated in several trainings and ongoing clinicial supervision in body-centered mindful-experiential therapy.

Mindfulness Instructor Certification
Naropa University, Boulder CO, 2011–2013
Trained and certified as a mindfulness instructor.

Master’s Counseling Internship
Noeticus Counseling Center, Denver CO, 2012-2013
Completed a pre-Master’s clinical internship at a community counseling center. Co-facilitated a Dialectical Behavior Therapy group and co-founded and co-facilitated a Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention group

Specialty trainings

  • Trans*, LGBTQIA, and genderqueer counseling
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Pragmatic-Experiential Therapy for Couples (PET-C)
  • Applied suicide intervention skills training (ASIST)
  • Shambhala Training (secular mindfulness meditation training)
  • Dharma Art contemplative art workshops
  • Sexual abuse recovery group facilitation (WINGS)
  • Academic writing and study skills fellowship

Presentations and Publications

  • “Contemplative Psychotherapy: Integrating Mindfulness, Buddhist Psychology, and Humanistic Counseling” — presentation at World Conference on Psychotherapy, Paris, France, 2017
  • “Culturally Competent Counseling for Nonbinary and Genderqueer Clients” — presentation at Gender Odyssey Professional, Seattle, 2017
  • “Counselors and the LGBT Fringe: My Own Perspective” — article in Oregon Counseling Association newsletter, Summer 2017
  • “Finding Balance: Benefits of Mindfulness in Treating Bipolar Disorder” — article in Oregon Counseling Association newsletter, Spring 2016

Professional Memberships and Service

American Counseling Association – Member
Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling – Member
Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy – Member
International Center for Clinical Excellence – Member
International Journal of Transpersonal Studies – Associate Managing Editor
Oregon Counseling Association – Member; Past newsletter Co-editor

Supervisors

Katrina Gould, MSW, LCSW, #L3447
Donna Roy, MS, LPC, CHT, #C1916