Change really can happen and you have the ability to make these changes!
You are unique, as we all are, and therefore deserve an approach that is tailor- made to fit your emotional & mental health needs. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Registered Art Therapist (ATR), and EMDR Practitioner located in SE Portland, Oregon. Within my practice, I focus on treating trauma, anxiety/depression/ mental health diagnosis, acting-out teens, family difficulties/changes, sibling work, “stuck-ness” and self-discovery.
Sometimes we live with feelings that pop up when we least expect them to, and then we shove them back down until they eventually show up again. A large part of my job is to help you address these feelings in a calm, safe, supportive, and nonjudgmental environment. We will work on exploring and growing your strengths. I provide regular “talk” therapy and I will teach you tools that you can use in your daily life. I use Art therapy & Expressive Therapies, to help you identify, explore, and express yourself. You will have insight into your life, allowing for changes so that you can get un-stuck and finally heal.
What is Art Therapy? Art therapy is the use of creating art to help identify and address what it is you are struggling with. Art therapy gives your unconscious a voice. Have you ever had trouble putting words to your difficulties? Through the use of talk therapy and art therapy, you can have a deeper dialogue with yourself! Art therapy is for all ages, not just for children. And, if you are not comfortable using art in the counseling process, that’s okay too, this is your time and your work!
What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy which has been found to be particularly helpful with treating trauma and PTSD. EMDR can also help treat various issues, including anxiety and phobias. EMDR doesn’t make you forget an event; it helps you become “unstuck” from the negative thoughts and emotions that you continue to experience. It also helps you make connections and have a better understanding of what actually happened in your past. EMDR can help you leave your past in your past!
I provide clinical supervision for ATR candidates and for art therapy graduate students who are in the internship time of their program.
Below are some of the specialties I address in my practice:
– Mental Health and Medical Health issues
– Mood Diagnosis, including Depression, Anxiety, and Bi-polar
– Helping teens who “act out” at school and home
– Family Conflicts
– Getting “Unstuck”
– Helping Young Adults and Adults of all ages with finding, setting, and following through on goals
– Communication Problems
– Identifying connections between your body & mind
– Life Transitions – i.e., relationships, moving, school, career change
– Victims of Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Trauma
– Body Image and Eating Disorders
– Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
– Grief and Loss
– Personal Growth
Fees: I am in-network with Regence BCBS. I am an out-of-network provider for all other insurance companies. Please contact me with questions regarding your insurance provider. I can provide you with a completed insurance claim form that you can give to your insurance provider for payment reimbursement.
I believe that counseling is important, so I don’t want you to shy away from counseling due to finances. I do reserve a number of hours for sliding scale cases and I am happy to discuss a sliding scale fee on a case by case basis.
I am happy to schedule a 20 minute complimentary consultation with you, to see if we are a good fit.
Please check out my website for further information at ArtTherapyCounselor.com
I look forward to hearing from you!