Clinical Supervisor, Licensed Professional Counselor pursuing dual licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern, Supervised by Terra Mattson, LPC, LMFT
Serving Individuals, Families/Couples, and Adolescents
Philosophy and Approach
Life is a challenge. What makes it interesting is how we choose to respond to that challenge. Each individual is called to decide whether to be content with his/her current state or whether they want more. Perhaps you or your loved ones find the challenges of life to be too many to bear, too overwhelming, or too relentless. Or perhaps, the success and fulfillment that comes so naturally in certain pursuits seems elusive and out of reach in those areas that matter to you most. I approach counseling with the belief that while challenges in life can bring with them the potential for much hurt or even brokenness, they can just as surely lead to strength, endurance, perseverance, integrity and hope. “Hope,” a friend once told me, “is a warring virtue.” In partnering with you, I will provide the safety, encouragement, optimism and hope necessary to explore the impact of life’s hardships on you or your family. You will be invited to rediscover your innate capacity for love, courage, and the commitment to keep striving for wholeness.
I utilize a systemic perspective in my practice with an emphasis on intergenerational influences and Cognitive Behavioral methods when working with individuals, families/couples and groups. In other words, I encourage growing awareness of the influence of significant relationships on each person’s functioning so he/she can begin to dictate the course of their family legacy rather than falling victim to it. In doing so, I guide clients towards the realization of self-efficacy and improved functioning through the discovery and achievement of identified goals. As I am particularly attentive to the influence of significant relationships, I am always happy to incorporate family members and significant others in the therapeutic process in order to foster enduring change.
Formal Education and Training
I hold a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary School of Psychology. Major areas of study included: Family Therapy, Marital Therapy, Psychopathology, among others, as well as extensive study in the interplay of religion, faith, and psychology.
Current Professional Status
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (C3348) with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists (OBLPCT) and am simultaneously pursuing a second license in Marriage and Family Therapy as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Intern (Registration # R1388) with the OBLPCT. I participate in ongoing continuing education in subjects relevant to the field and practice under the supervision of Terra Mattson, M.A., LPC, LMFT. I am also a member of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT).
For over a decade, I have worked to help troubled youth, individuals and families heal and reconnect. For many years, I served as a a group therapist providing domestic violence intervention for court-mandated domestic abusers in Washington County. In my current practice, I routinely work with couples as they prepare for or reinvest in their marriage and aid spouses experiencing relational discord, intimacy concerns, or betrayal. I also treat men and women confronting various issues including depression, anxiety, loss, or exposure to acute or chronic trauma and Post traumatic Stress. I utilize various intervention methods including the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to address the above concerns.
Fees & Policies
My standard hourly rate is $165.00 for a 50-minute session. Sessions longer than 50- minutes, beyond the initial assessment, are charged for the additional time pro rata. Payment is due at the beginning of session on a weekly basis via cash, check, or credit card. While we do not accept insurance, you may investigate if your insurance benefits cover out-of- network providers and what those terms are. You may be able to submit paperwork to your insurance company in order to apply our sessions to deductibles and/or receive assistance or reimbursement for the costs. I am happy to provide a bill of services that you can submit to your insurance company upon request if you find you have out of network coverage.
To schedule an appointment, please contact me at (503) 568-1510.
Become an optimist. Learn to believe again. Plan for your life to be different and remember: “Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4 KJV)