Cathy E. Walker, LPC, NCC
|Professions: Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: LPC|
Billing and Insurance
Fees: Free initial 20-30 minute consultation, if desired.
$30-$50 per individual session; $40-$75 per couples session
The client decides what they are able to pay.
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I believe that each of us has the strengths and abilities to deal with anything that is thrown our way. Sometimes we may not have been taught the skills to do so, but we can learn and practice them in our journey towards health and balance. My role as a counselor is to listen, suggest, teach and facilitate, however possible, a client's journey through the rough spots. I am honest, respectful and mindful of the vulnerability of clients who trust me with their life difficulties. I use a combination of therapy techniques when dealing with clients. These include techniques from cognitive-emotional, family systems, Gestalt and humanistic theories. When working with a client, I consider all aspects of the client's life - family, culture, ethnicity, spirituality, relationships, profession, health, and activities. I pay attention to what is said in the moment - verbally and physically - and encourage my clients to also be aware. I am honest, respectful and mindful of the vulnerability of clients who trust me with their life difficulties.
Email or Call Cathy E. Walker, LPC, NCC at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 09383
More Info About My Practice
I offer a free 20-30 minute consultation to help prospective clients and myself to determine whether we can work well together. I offer services on a sliding-scale based on what the client can afford.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I feel adept at offering help to people who are bereaved by a suicide death. I've experienced all the myriad emotions and thoughts that follow a suicide and I've observed the effects of his death on family members, friends, community members, co-workers, and others. As a result of the experience, I went through EMDR therapy as well as personal therapy. I completed training through the Dougy Center in Portland to facilitate groups for grieving children, I completed training to be a community outreach volunteer through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and am registered for suicide survivor group facilitator training through AFSP. I have also completed CEUs through American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and AFSP about providing suicide survivor support. From my own experience, I realize that counselors/therapists who specialize in survivor support and who can personally relate to the experience are difficult to find. I have worked with survivors in my practice and believe that the reason I can be so effective in helping them is my ability to relate to their experience and to help them understand and work towards a new "normal" in their lives. Recovery after a suicide death is an active journey from a roller coaster of pain to living with the grief and regaining a sense of well-being. Through the recovery process, thoughts and emotions become more manageable and activities can become less of a strain.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
I think psychotherapy helps people for several reasons. People come to counseling when they are unable to effectively use the tools that helped them in the past to cope with the current situation. Sometimes people have been experiencing discomfort for some time regarding certain parts of their lives and they are just now feeling able to investigate ways to feel better. Counselors/therapists sit with clients and do their best to actually listen and hear the clients' stories. By doing so, they validate the client's feelings, which can be very empowering. Relying on their own histories, training and skills, a counselor/therapist can suggest, review, challenge a client to make changes. Oftentimes, clients surprise themselves by uncovering unforeseen depths of strength that enable them to move forward.
Services I Provide
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
Survivors of Suicide, Blended families, Caregivers of Elders
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