I believe that change cannot happen until the desire to change is greater than the desire to stay the same. As a result of this, I find it important to examine the motivation behind our actions and resolve ambivalence in order to move forward with change. My personal therapeutic style is influenced by techniques used in motivational interviewing, as well as narrative and solution-focused therapies. This means that I assist clients in understanding the stories of their lives with a focus on finding solutions rather than remaining stuck in problems. I work collaboratively with clients to determine how therapy can assist them in moving forward in their lives and finding their own happiness.
I received my Master’s degree from the University of Oregon’s Marriage and Family Therapy program where I was trained in systems and communication theories. As a result of this training, I developed an interest in understanding the ways individuals communicate with one another and examining the contexts in which people live their lives. I aim to understand each person’s framework from a systemic perspective and thus take into consideration the family system, social network and greater societal influences. I have experience working with individuals, couples, and families in a variety of life struggles including: depression, anxiety, stress management, life transitions, substance abuse and dependence, PTSD, trauma and relationship concerns.
I offer a free 30 minute consultation to discuss your therapeutic needs. I offer a generous sliding scale to accommodate those with financial difficulties. Please contact me regarding the fee scale. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation, I can be reached at 503-730-9282 or by e-mail at: Megan.WiseCounsel@gmail.com