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 Individual, and group therapy, and maintain a private practice in Bandon, Oregon. It is my mission to promote personal growth opportunities for healing, self-care, and healthy habits of mind, body and spirit, and to offer support for anyone seeking psychological and well-being assistance. I endeavor to provide compassionate, professional leadership, counseling and education with respect for the dignity of persons of all cultures and beliefs. In addition to this, I strive to provide excellence in pursuit of desired goals. I honor my commitments.

Philosophy and Approach: I believe that life is an unfolding process, that everyone creates the masterpiece called life and is shaped by the individual. My body/mind approach treats each person holistically. My belief is that any aspect of life can be changed, emotional injuries can be healed, and coping skills can be learned.

Formal Education and Training: I received my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Alaska Pacific University.  Major coursework included Advanced Human Development, Brief Therapy, Social and Cultural Foundations, Counseling Theories and Practice, Career and Lifestyle Counseling. I have continued my education with studying EMDR, DBT, and Internal Family Systems. These approaches are used for treating trauma in a gentle and supportive way.

As a Licensee of the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, I abide by its Code of Ethics, providing primary service to the client with integrity, confidentiality, and the high standards of conduct and competency to the client. To assure I provide the high quality of care and as required by the state I take continuing education classes annually to keep current with the subjects relevant to my counseling practice.

As a client, you have certain rights:
•    To expect that a licensee has met the minimum qualifications of training and experience by state law.
•    To examine public records maintained by the board and have the Board confirm the credentials of a licensee. http://www.oregon.gov/OBLPCT/index.shtml
•    To be entitled to a copy of the Code of Ethics. http://www.oregon.gov/OBLPCT/web-coe.shtml
•    To be informed of the cost of professional services before receiving the services
•    To be assured of privacy and confidentiality while receiving services as defined by rule and law, including the following exceptions: 1.) Reporting suspected child abuse; 2.) Reporting imminent danger to client or others; 3.) Reporting information required in court proceedings or by client’s insurance company, or other relevant agencies; 4.) Providing information concerning licensee case consultation or supervision; and 5.) Defending claims brought by client against licensee
•    To be free from being object of discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, or other unlawful category while receiving services.

Fees:
$110 per 50-minute session

Insurance:
Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. Please check your coverage carefully.

Reduced Fee:
Reduced fee services are available on a limited basis. Please inquire if you feel you might qualify for this assistance.

You may contact the Oregon Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists at:
3218 Pringle Rd. SE, Ste. #250, Salem, OR  97302-6312. Telephone: 503.378.5499
 

Education

Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, AK —MS in Counseling Psychology, 2006
University of Alaska Anchorage, AK—Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 2004

 

Additional Training

Advanced Mindfulness: Integrating Mindfulness, Meditation & Cutting-edge Neuroscience in the Treatment of Anxiety, Anger and Depression- Eugene, OR- 2012

Assessing Violence Risk: A Review and Clinical Recommendations-Coos County- 2012

Prenatal Depression: Best Practice Guidelines for Diagnosis and Treatment-Coos County 2012

Suicide Assessment: Sharpen Your Clinical Skills-Coos County-2012

The Process of Suicide Risk Assessment: Twelve Core Principles-Coos County-2012

Ethics and Legal Issues for Group Work-Coos County, OR-2012

Counseling Adult Clients Experiencing Chronic Pain-Coos County, OR-2012

Exploring Relational Aggression-Coos County, OR- 2012

Art Therapy, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR-2011

Child Abuse and Family Violence Summit- Clackamas County, OR- 2011

Dialectic Behavior Therapy, Vancouver, WA-2010

Ethics in Documentation, Coos County, OR-2010

Certification in Cinema Therapy- Coos County, OR- 2010

Advanced Sexual Assault Training- Coos Bay, OR- 2010

Milton Erickson Foundation- Evolution of Psychotheapy Conference- Anaheim, CA- December 8-13, 2009

Treating the Explosive Child, Coos Bay, OR-2009

Juvenile Fire-starter Interventions, Coos Bay, OR-2009

Child Mental Health Conference - Attachment disturbance interventions, Coos Bay, OR- 2009
Oregon Interview Guidelines, Coos Bay, OR- 2009
Adolescent Groups, Homer, AK-2008
Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Anchorage, AK-2008
Filial Play Therapy, Homer, AK-2008
Grief Counseling, Homer, AK-2008
Vicarious Trauma, Homer, AK-2008
Understanding Trauma, PTSD, Bessel van der Kolk, Anchorage AK-2007
Domestic Violence, Anchorage, AK-2007
Motivational Interviewing, Homer, AK-2007
Internal Family Systems, Sausalito, CA-2007/08
Child Maltreatment, Homer AK—2006
Chemical Dependency, Anchorage, AK-2006
Understanding and Addressing Child Sexual Abuse, Homer, AK- 2006, 2007, 2008
Domestic Violence, Homer, AK-2006
EMDR part 1, Anchorage, AK-2006
I am licensed as a Professional Counselor in Alaska (#636) and Oregon (#C2507). I owe many thanks to my clinical supervisors, Kimber Evensen, LCSW, BCD, Syd Weisel, LCSW, and Bill Schoder-Ehri, MA, LPC-S.

 
Professional Memberships
2004-Current-American Counseling Association-
Professional Member  Former Division Member-  AMCD—Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development
                                                                               ASGW--Association for Specialists in Group Work


 

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