My Approach to Helping
Everything in nature moves toward its greater purpose. We can see seeds split so
that they can reach the ground, or watch as trees move around obstacles and toward
the light. We're no different from the rest of nature. We aim to steadily move toward
greater versions of ourselves, to live better, and express our true nature.
The challenge is that the difficulties of life can distract us. Our thoughts, feelings, and
beliefs about the world and our role in it can prevent us from pursuing higher truths.
Sometimes this is because of previous pain, a traumatic experience, or the sudden
feeling that life is overwhelming. These old approaches to being no longer work.
Your life is too important to allow these beliefs to destroy it. It's time to make positive
changes, and I look forward to helping you along your journey.
More Info About My Practice
Steep Street Counseling is a private therapy practice and the culmination of my
education, professional experience providing counseling since 2007, and my
dedication to individual and family well-being in our community. I hold a Masters
degree in Social Work from Portland State University. I also hold two undergraduate
degrees: one in Family and Human Development, and another in American Sign
Language Interpreting. I have served on staff at social services agencies as a counselor
where I have provided therapeutic services and support to individuals and families
with a variety of mental health concerns.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
Successful therapy is the product of a good relationship between a therapist and her
client. Consequently, I offer a 20-minute session in person, via Skype, or on the
phone to help you determine if we're a good fit. The cost for each session ranges
between $100 and $130 for one 50-minute couples, individual, or family session.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
The length of time a client is in counseling depends on the nature of the problem and the goals of the counseling. Some people have a very specific problem that can be worked through in a set course of counseling. For others, counseling is an on-going process of learning and unfolding and they choose to receive counseling for a longer period.