My Approach to Helping
PRACTICE IS FULL -NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS Thank you for your interest in my practice. My counseling style is non-judgmental and practical. I’m gentle and engaged and respect your intelligence. There are times I believe it’s important to quietly listen while you explore issues in depth. At other times, I think with you to help you grow and solve problems. I’ll also encourage you to apply what you learn in your daily life. In general, I’ve found that the people who connect with me and persist to achieve good results are actively engaged in their healing process. Many like to read and learn and enjoy my teaching approach.
My theoretical orientation is integrative, combing different approaches, including.
1. Depth therapy including dreamwork, object relations, transpersonal, psychodynamic and Jungian
2). Biopsychosocial + spiritual
3. Brief therapy, including cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused therapy.
4. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to heal mild to moderate PTSD and emotional trauma
5. Social learning theory
Although experienced with emergencies, my practice focuses on people who can reliably and safely cope with their needs, are not in crisis, who do not have thoughts of self-harm, and who want to make psychotherapy a priority so they can achieve results.
More Info About My Practice
People often find me through my writing, including some articles published here. Please see my mobile-friendly website for additional articles.
I see clients in my private office in Vancouver, WA and am licensed in WA state.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Find a therapist you find it easy to talk to, just as you would with a new friend. A therapist isn’t your friend, of course, but you’ll want to choose someone with whom you have personal rapport — even if this means interviewing many therapists to find one who’s a good fit.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
Absolutely! Life experience is an opportunity to learn or become more isolated and defended. And learning goes deep if someone has had their own struggles. I know what it was like to sit in front of an older person with all those credentials. It took courage to open up areas where I felt most ashamed, helpless or vulnerable. For those of you who want to know more about my personal background and past struggles, please see the About page on my full web site.
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Billing and Insurance:I am an in-network provider for:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
- Health Net
- Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon