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Training and Affiliations
I hold a Master’s degree (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Portland State University. The program is accredited by the Council of Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). I am certified by The National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). I am currently a member of Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society (CSI), The American Counseling Association (ACA), and The Oregon Counseling Association (ORCA).
I believe that counseling can be a powerful tool to address past and present struggles. It takes a lot of courage to embark on a therapeutic journey. It isn’t easy to decide to make a change, and I will honor that as I work with you to help build a deep trust in your own knowledge of yourself. As a professional counselor I value strong therapeutic relationships, and view authenticity, trust, and a bond between client and therapist as an agent for change. Therapy requires a strong active engagement on my part and yours. I believe that therapy works best when both the therapist and client are authentic and willing to demonstrate vulnerability. As my client you deserve a warm non-judgmental space to work toward your therapeutic goals. You also deserve to be challenged so you can make the changes you aspire to make. I work through an attachment, existential and multicultural lens. It is my belief that while our past experiences influence how we interact with others and our attitudes toward ourselves, we have the power to take ownership over our lives and to connect to an innate drive for health. As your counselor I will incorporate practical interventions into the therapy to help you gain mastery over your experience in this world.
I offer individual and couples counseling. Sessions will be 60 minutes in length, once per week, at $75 (individual) or $90 (couple) per session, unless other arrangements have been established. I can offer a limited number discounted fees based on a sliding scale to clients facing financial difficulties.
Supervision: In order to obtain licensure in the State of Oregon, I must complete a certain number of clinical hours under professional supervision (ORS 675.715). I will be working under the supervision of Dr Rick Johnson, licensed counseling psychologist. As explained in the ACA Code of Ethics (2005) Standard F.1, this protocol is in your best interest, because it will provide me with professional feedback throughout our work together and insure that you are receiving high quality care. If you have questions or concerns and would like to speak with Dr. Johnson directly, he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 313-5186