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.
Ethical Guidelines: I follow the ethical guidelines set forth by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists 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 grandparent!
Licensure: I am currently registered with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, and recognized as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed 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 a past board member of the OAMFT.
Fees: My fees are $120.00 per 60-minute session. I offer a limited number of reduced fee spots. If payment is of concern to you, please ask about this availability. I am an in network provider for Blue Cross, and Pacific Source, and I can submit claims to most other insurance as an out of network provider. An initial telephone consultation is available at no charge.