Melinda Arnold, MA, NCC, LPC Intern
Individuals & Couples
Philosophy and Approach:
There are so many contributing factors that impact our emotional and relational health. Family, social influences, faith experiences, and relational experiences (to name a few) all play a role in shaping us. It can often be challenging to do the work of improvement and healing alone. As a professional counselor, I am honored to partner with you in the journey to personal freedom and health. My desire is that emotional ailments are alleviated, that traumas are healed, and sexual difficulties are overcome. I originally entered the counseling profession with the desire to work with survivors of abuse, but that vision has grown to also focus on couples with sexual difficulties, including dysfunction, pain, and other intimacy challenges. It is a joy to help couples realize their sexual potential and to enjoy each other so closely.
I choose a holistic, integrative approach in counseling based on developmental and attachment theories emphasizing Gestalt, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), emotionally focused therapy, and transactional analysis (TA) techniques. Regarding sex therapy, I practice from a perspective that sex is at its best when experienced with true intimacy, a fearless and joyful vulnerability. Sex therapy is often more directive with specific take-home assignments to establish or heal both the sexual and emotional bonds between the couple.
As your counselor, you honor me by sharing your life and growth with me. I will not hide myself behind silence or position and will have high regard for you as a person. I will bring the best that I know from my study and experience as well as the highest of my insight, wisdom, and spiritual guidance. I will keep a holistic perspective in our work together because I believe that your mind, will, and emotions all work together to form a whole and healthy person.
Formal Education and Training:
My education includes a Masters of Arts in Counseling from Multnomah University and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and International Studies from Portland State University. I have also received certification training from the Institute of Sexual Wholeness in Sex Therapy. I have been trained as a Mending the Soul facilitator and am certified to use the Prepare/Enrich premarital assessment tool. I am committed to a continual pursuit of new techniques, theories and information that I may learn through continuing education courses and independent reading and research.
Professional Status and Supervision:
I am currently a registered intern in the state of Oregon, working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor. As a registered intern, I work with clients while being supervised by a licensed mental health professional. In addition to meeting regularly with my supervisor, I am also committed to seeking consultation with other mental health professionals as needed. My supervisor’s name is Alex Rankin, LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor #C3348), and he can be contacted by phone at 503-568-1510.
Payment for Services:
Currently, my fee is $115 for a clinical hour (50 minutes). Payment is made up front for each session by check or credit card on file. Currently, I do not accept insurance, however I am able to provide receipts for you to submit to your insurance company for out-of-network reimbursement. Limited sliding scale options are available based on need and availability. All appointments will be charged as stated above unless cancellation is made with a 24-hour notice of your scheduled appointment or there has been an agreed upon emergency related to cancellation.
To make an appointment, please call 503-406-8848.