Philosophy & Approach
A goal of counseling is to help the client grow, develop, and change in ways that they may not have been able to do on their own. My role as a counselor is to help the client through this process of change by offering my expertise and providing a safe, nurturing environment in which change may occur. I use a cognitive-behavioral perspective and offer an eclectic set of techniques in addressing the cognitive and emotional needs of my clients. Together we will explore your various alternatives and their potential outcomes. However, your decision to change and the consequences of your choices are your responsibility.
As a client, you are in complete control and may end your relationship at any point. If you feel the process with me is not beneficial to you or you are in any way confused or uncomfortable with our counselor-client relationship please mention this to me. I will be glad to discuss it with you and clarify any difficulties. If you feel counseling is successful and that you are ready to terminate our relationship, please bring this to my awareness. We have a professional relationship, not a social one, and our contact will be limited to the sessions you will arrange with me.
If I cannot maintain a safe environment for you or, due to my lack of expertise or personal issues cannot meet your apparent needs, I will end the therapy relationship and refer you to more appropriate resources.
Formal Education, Training, and Certification
I attended the University of Oregon Counseling Program, and obtained a Master of Science degree in 1992.
My areas of concentration of study were in:
. individual therapy
. group therapy
. grief/loss therapy
. alcohol/drug use and addictions
. crisis intervention
. conflict resolution.
I have also obtained licensure in the following:
. Qualified Mental Health Professional, 1991
. Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Oregon, 1994
. Certified Mental Health Investigator, 2000
Continuing Education/Supervision Information:
I specialize in ADD, ADHD, and developmental disorders including autism spectrum issues. I have also had post-graduate training in play therapy for children, sexual abuse treatment, grief and loss therapy, anger management and parenting issues, personality disorders, Bipolar, depression and anxiety disorders, breif solution focused therapy, and co-occurring/dual diagnosis disorders. I have received training and approval to train other mental health practitioners seeking their licensure.
To maintain my license, I am required, by the Oregon Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists, to participate in annual continuing education. I participate in classes and training that deal with subjects relevant to the mental health profession.