Philosophy and Approach: Believing in the concept of lifelong learning and growth, my philosophy and approach to counseling continues to unfold; the foundation of my work though, is based on the idea that people are relational by nature. I believe that each person has inherent worth and the capacity to grow toward personal fulfillment. My philosophy encompasses elements of both attachment theory and interpersonal neurobiology. I seek to connect all facets of a person’s world (the family they grew up in, their gender, faith, culture, education, age, etc) in bringing about self fulfillment. I personally operate from a Christian worldview, and I am willing to integrate this into therapy as clients wish.
As a therapist, I see my role as a collaborative facilitator of change. I seek to join with clients in a respectful way that acknowledges their own wisdom through practical, supportive, and empathetic connection. I recognize the unique challenges of each individual and system and seek to integrate emotions, thoughts, and actions to enable fuller, happier lives.
I follow the ethical guidelines set forth by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the American Counseling Association and the Oregon Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists.
Education, Training and Experience:
I hold a Bachelor’s degree in social and Behavioral Studies from George Fox University, and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from George Fox University. My coursework and study has included specialized focus in couples therapy, individual therapy, play therapy, and trauma. I have experience with intercultural, drug and alcohol, and trauma related issues.
Prior to my work in Marriage and Family Therapy, I worked as a teacher with a local school district home school program and as a program coordinator with the same district. I have been married for 30 plus years, have two grown children, and the joy of being a new grandparent!
I am currently registered with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, and recognized as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) I am also pursuing a state licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Professional Activities and Memberships:
I belong to both the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the Oregon Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. I am currently a board member of the OAMFT.
My fees are $75.00 per 50-minute session. I offer a limited number of reduced fee spots. If payment is of concern to you, please ask about this availability. An initial telephone consultation is available at no charge.
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