“It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried.” ~ Carl Rogers
I firmly believe that every person has the potential to be the best version of him-or-herself that he or she can possibly be, and that people are the experts of their own lives. I employ a down to earth person-centered approach to counseling, interspersed with doses of humor when appropriate. I take on the role of facilitator to help you become empowered to make the changes you want for your life.
I use techniques from several different kinds of psychotherapy – Schema Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT), Gestalt, Solution- Focused Brief Therapy – to help you explore and work on your problems, depending on your current needs and goals. I am comfortable working with a variety of people, including those whose culture is different than my own, and people who may be experiencing significant mental health issues.
I hold a Master of Science (MS) degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University (a CACREP-accredited institution). I also hold a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Anthropology, with a minor in Psychology, from Oregon State University. I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Certified Grief Counselor (GC-C).
Areas of focus:
Adolescent/Young adult issues
My fee is $60 for a 50-minute session, but I do have a sliding fee scale for those who may be experiencing significant financial hardship. I do not accept insurance, but will provide you with a receipt for services. Payment is due at the beginning of session so we can make the best use of the rest of our time together.
Having a comfortable therapeutic relationship is important, so I offer a free 30-minute consultation to make sure Iâ€™m the right ‘fit’ for you. If we decide I am not the right therapist for you, I am happy to provide a referral to one of my very capable colleagues at Wise Counsel and Comfort.