Marita Tiller, MA, LPC
Serving Women, Men, & Couples
Philosophy and Approach
The counseling process is a collaborative effort that might begin with resolving an immediate crisis or problem, but often continues with identifying ineffective behavioral patterns, deep self discovery and acceptance, and incorporating wholistic practices that may foster your attainment of goals or your engagement with purpose in life. I believe that what we experience in life (relationships, environment, trauma, abuse, pain, health, faith, education, success, etc) contributes to how we perceive the world, trust, and view ourselves in all contexts but especially in relationships. Life is full of trials, counseling provides the opportunity to speed up the maturing of one’s character, by transforming suffering into meaning and purpose that may bridge the gap between one’s current life situation and the desired future. I hold a Christian worldview and belief that every human has intrinsic value just because they are here, this value never changes, and everyone’s value is equal.
I use therapeutic approaches that best fit the individual. I tend towards Cognitive Behavioral Therapy because it makes sense to me that all the above contributors to how we function eventually filter through the brain, which is the central processing unit responsible for our responses, decisions, perceptions, and emotions. Sometimes we go on automatic pilot, letting long past conclusions about ourselves and the world guide us through our days and years, without ever taking a second look at those conclusions for accuracy. This examination can be a critical catalyst for significant improvement. I also believe that the body-mind connection is powerful and, therefore, practices such as mindfulness and calming techniques are often used in session.
Formal Education and Training
I hold a Masters in Counseling from George Fox University in Portland, Oregon. I hold a Bachelors of Science in Communication Studies with a minor in Psychology from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. I am trained in EMDR and have continuing education in Imago Relationship Therapy, Tier I & II trainings through Star Behavioral Health which includes military culture, PTSD, sleep, ethics, suicide, and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Major graduate coursework has included Human Growth and Development, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Social & Cultural Foundations, Human Sexuality, Psychopathology, Group Counseling, Substance Abuse, Ethics, and Spiritual Integration.
My experience includes counseling in the following settings: private practice, community mental health, residential treatment, outpatient mental health (Western Psychological), and group counseling. I primarily work with adult women and men.
Licensure & Certification
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, (License #C3380) in the state of Oregon. To maintain my license, I am required to participate in ongoing continuing education, taking classes dealing with subjects relevant to this profession. In addition to continuing education, I am committed to seeking consultation and supervision in my practice as needed.
50-minute sessions are $165. Occasionally, 80-minute sessions may be requested at a fee of $250. Payment is made upfront on a weekly or monthly basis via cash, check, or credit card. You may investigate if your insurance covers out-of-network therapy. If my services are covered by your health insurance, I will be happy to provide a receipt for service so that you may be reimbursed directly.
Please contact me to schedule an appointment at 503-679-9727