My Approach to Helping
As your counselor, I will to listen to you from a non-judgmental and open perspective offering unconditional respect and regard. Throughout life, we adapt to the best of our capabilities, yet sometimes we don't have enough support, information or resources to make optimal decisions. As a result, we can end up adopting thoughts, feelings, or a way of living that can be harmful to ourselves and possibly others. You can use your therapy time to identify what no longer works and then make the changes you desire. From a mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioral framework, I teach techniques you can apply right away. I support healing and help you reach your goals by drawing upon empirically-based treatment modalities, personal creativity, humor and even wilderness experiences. Unique to my practice, I offer counseling sessions in-office and outdoors. If you would like an expanded therapeutic experience, you might benefit from wilderness immersion counseling. When in nature, we can break from our routines and daily patterns. This freedom enables us to think, feel and do different. Each wilderness immersion session is specifically tailored to meet your personal needs and therapeutic goals. Whether at my Multnomah Village office, a local park or immersed in the wilderness, I can support you in building tolerance, finding acceptance and making life changes at a pace that is comfortable for you.
More Info About My Practice
Unique to Multnomah Therapy, LLC, counseling sessions can take place outdoors. For some clients this means talking in a quiet park setting. For others counseling sessions can include a hiking component and/or therapeutic experiential work. The outdoor setting and therapeutic work depends upon your personal goals, comfort level and needs. Outdoor therapy services are offered year round rain or shine throughout all of Oregon.
Whereas weekly outdoor therapy sessions take place in local parks and gardens around Portland, wilderness immersion counseling sessions can take place in various Oregon wilderness areas. Possible trips include: Oregon coast, Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson, Three Sisters, Crater Lake, Columbia Gorge and many other Oregon Wilderness areas.
Depending upon your health insurance, you may have insurance coverage for outdoor counseling services.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I have specific training to treat trauma related conditions in addition to concerns about anxiety, fear and depression. I serve returning combat veterans dealing with the aftermath of war and re-adjustment. I also work with witnesses of war, natural disaster survivors and acute trauma survivors.
My Role as a Therapist
During your first session, I listen to your story. You are in control of setting your own therapeutic goals, and I will assist you in achieving these goals. I provide education, structure and compassion as you begin to make changes for yourself. I will respect you in setting the pace and process of your therapy. I will gently challenge you to examine your thoughts, beliefs and patterns while creating balanced perspective. I will help you build your emotional tolerance and laugh out loud at times. As your counselor, I will provide you with respect and guidance for making life changes.