Serving Women, Children, Adolescents and Families
Philosophy and Approach:
Making the decision to seek counseling is a significant step in a person’s life. For some people, beginning counseling may be a proactive effort to prevent current challenges from becoming too overwhelming in the future. For others, it may be a last resort after all other options they tried seemed to have failed. I aspire to meet you wherever you are in your life journey. It is my hope that through our work together, you will feel valued, understood, and heard. My goal is to create a safe space so you feel comfortable exploring the concerns that led you to seek counseling. I believe that as people, we are comprised of psychological, physiological, relational, and spiritual aspects, and counseling will involve a holistic exploration of how all of these areas are interconnected. Together, we will create goals to help you work toward lasting change. Since each person has been uniquely created, I avoid using the same approach to counseling for everyone and instead will try to modify treatment to meet your specific needs. Techniques I may use in counseling include talking, writing, art, sand tray, and play.
As a Child and Family Therapist, I believe that no individual exists in isolation and that relationships are so important in a person’s life. Families and couples are systems where people grow and develop, work through challenges, and celebrate successes. I invite parents and caregivers who are seeking counseling for their child to be as involved as possible in the child’s treatment. Parents are the expert on their children, and from a systemic perspective, I firmly believe that children benefit most when their parents and other family members actively participate in counseling. Through the course of treatment, there may be times when I will meet with your family altogether, and other times I will have sessions with only the parents or only with your child. Sharing observations can help the adults involved in your child’s life better understand his/her perspective, feelings, and experiences.
I believe that developmentally, children express themselves, learn new things, and gain mastery of specific skills through their play. Play is a child’s language, and the toys are his/her words. When given an environment in which the child feels safe, valued, and understood, I believe play provides opportunities for the child to process through tough experiences, increase self-esteem, and discover innate abilities. My approach to working with children is both directive and non-directive, which means there may be times when I allow your child to lead the play. Other times I may plan specific activities that we will do together with the purpose of teaching and practicing new skills.
As a registered intern of the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, I will abide by its Code of Ethics. I will also follow the Code of Ethics established by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), of which I am a pre-clinical fellow.
Formal Education and Training:
I hold a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Taylor University. I hold a Masters Degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling from George Fox University in Portland, Oregon. Major coursework that I completed during my graduate program includes: Principles & Techniques of Counseling, Psychopathology and Appraisal, Personality and Counseling Theory, Cultural Foundations and Social Justice, Addictions, Human Growth and Development, Clinical Practicum, Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy, Couple Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Theory and Therapy, Filial Therapy, and Play Therapy.
My previous experience includes working as a Child and Family Therapist at Easter Seals Children’s Therapy Center in Salem, Oregon, where I worked with youth and their families who were dealing with a range of challenges including, anxiety, depression, life transitions, trauma, ADHD, and Autism spectrum disorders. I primarily work with children, adolescents, women, and families.
Continuing Education and Supervision:
I am currently a registered intern (registration #R2749) in the state of Oregon. During the next several years, I will work toward becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor. The title “registered intern” means that I have completed a graduate program in the mental health field and have earned a Masters Degree. 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. I am happy to further explain my supervision requirements if you would like.
Payment for Services:
First appointments are $130. Following the initial appointment, 50-minute sessions are $85.00. Occasionally, 80-minute sessions may be requested at a fee of $130. Payment is made upfront for each session via cash, check, or credit card. I am not currently a preferred provider for any insurance companies.
To make an appointment, please call me at 503-756-7390.