I believe that as an individual, you have the strength and the skills needed to create change in your life. Through the development of a strong relationship, a foundation of trust is created in which to explore areas of concern.
I use an “eclectic” approach (a variety of techniques) with strong emphasis on child of origin issues. I offer both brief forms of therapy and longer term, more in-depth exploration. You are an active participant in you own recovery process and you alone decide the course of action you choose to take.
I provide a supportive environment, which includes compassion, active listening, and a sense of humor. The direction of your therapy will be determined by your desire for change. You are the expert on your own life and, as your therapist, it is my job is to guide you toward your own answers. I use self-disclosure as appropriate, sharing my personal experience through therapy.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Oregon, a Nationally Certified Counselor and I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Since completing my graduate degree, I worked with youth and young adults in a day treatment setting and thereafter served adult clients for a number of years in community mental health, including two years in inpatient psychiatric treatment. Outpatient treatment included mainly anxiety and depression, as well as other mental health issues. My work in the inpatient psychiatric setting focused primarily, but was not limited to, serving clients with depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. So if your symptoms (or those of a loved one) are quite severe, please do not hesitate to call me.
My standard fee is $40 per session, and I offer a sliding-fee scale for those in severe financial need. I am not able to accept insurance at this time. Payment is due at each session by check or cash. I offer a 30-minute no-cost consultation to determine suitability, and I look forward to hearing from you.