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Fbrookenoli-3242or as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with human psychology, narrative, and meaning-making. Initially, this interest found a home in the study of English Literature, but after supporting a dear friend through the labor and birth of her first child, I got what is affectionately referred to as “the birth bug.” I was deeply moved by and drawn to the process of labor and birth and decided to explore this world further. I became a certified birth doula in 1998 and shortly thereafter enrolled in the midwifery program at Birthingway College of Midwifery. After completing three years of midwifery education and apprenticeship, I came to the realization that I was less interested in the medical side of birth and more drawn to the emotional and psychological aspects. It was a tough decision, but in the end I returned to my doula work where I could focus entirely on offering this support. After several years of attending births and getting to know its joys, challenges, and transformations, my interest in the psychological aspects of childbearing really blossomed. That’s when I decided to pursue a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with the intention of offering counseling for the unique experiences associated with the childbearing year. Since completing my master’s degree in 2008, I’ve been working in private practice as both a counselor and a doula (I’ve attended over 300 births in the Portland area), and I love the rich and rewarding balance that these two careers bring into my life. (For more information on my doula services, please go to portlandlabordoula.com).

Education
2008    MA in Marriage & Family Therapy, Northcentral University
2005    Two-Year Certificate in Process-Oriented Psychology, Process Work Institute
2003    Midwifery Program (three years), Birthingway College of Midwifery
1999    BA in English Literature, Lewis & Clark College
1998    Birth Doula Certification, Birthingway College of Midwifery

Experience
2008-Present    Counselor in Private Practice (specialization in the childbearing year)
2011-Present    Faculty at Birthingway College of Midwifery (Perinatal Psychology teacher)
1998-Present    Birth Doula in Private Practice (I’ve attended over 300 births in Portland)
2013                     Northwest Area Childbirth Educators Forum (NACEF) Guest Speaker
2007-2008          Counseling Internships at Children’s Home Society & The Wellness Project
2002-2003          Apprenticing Home Birth Midwife            

Come and Meet Me
If you’re interested in any of my services and want to see if working together might be a good fit, come and meet me! I offer a free 20 minute consultation so you can get a feel for my style, ask me questions, and discuss your potential goals for working together.

People of all ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations,
gender identities, spiritual beliefs, and physical abilities
are most welcome.