Lydia has been intrigued by the uniqueness of individuals and cultures since she was a child.  As such, she brings her curiosity, creativity, empathy and experience to the table when working with her clients.  In Minnesota, Lydia graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and later attended the University of St. Thomas for her Masters in Social Work.  During her internships she worked with homeless and at-risk youth and persons seeking asylum, broadening her world views significantly as a result.

Since moving to Oregon in 2006, Lydia has worked with individuals experiencing severe mental illness, addiction, and complex trauma by providing outreach to unhoused folks, service coordination, therapy, and program management.  In her current role as a Mental Health Parole and Probation Officer, she has had the opportunity to continue working with persons experiencing psychosis or extreme states as well as expand her understanding of the stressors and vicarious trauma that are inherent in Community Corrections and Law Enforcement personnel.  

Treatment modalities that Lydia frequently uses are Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy, with a Strengths Based and Trauma Informed foundation.  She has been trained in EMDR and is currently providing supervision towards licensure for Social Workers and LPC’s.  

Lydia lives with her husband of 30+ years, and two beloved dogs.  They have three grown sons and two honorary sons, all of whom have greatly enriched her life and learning.  Lydia enjoys walks in the forest, skiing, being near any body of water, gardening, and serving on the Board of HomePlate for Homeless Youth.