Interested in removing obstacles in the way of a more joyous and meaningful life? I'm here to help. I offer a strengths-based, collaborative and client-centered approach to finding solutions to a wide range of life challenges and psychological issues. Drawing on (and trained in) a multitude of evidence-based styles and techniques, I work with adults, older adolescents, and couples (gay and straight) to help each client identify and achieve his or her personal therapy goals.
I am trained and experienced in many different kinds of effective approaches (see partial list below) to resolving a wide range of mental and emotional conditions and life challenges. These conditions include (but are not limited to) depression, bereavement (including pregnancy loss), anxiety (whether transient or persistent), bipolar disorder, trauma-related symptoms and conditions, life transition issues, and relationship concerns.
I especially welcome persons for whom it is important to work with a therapist who is LGBTQ -friendly, as well as persons whose spiritual practice or religious affiliation is an important part of the conversation of therapy. As a result of my years of work as as a trainer and supervisor, I also specialize in working with clients who are themselves therapists or other medical professionals.
I received my Bachelor of Sciences degree in 1978 from The University of Massachusetts School of Education, and my Masters of Social Work degree from Portland State University in 1983. I subsequently completed a 3-year post-graduate training course in family systems therapy, and became a trainer in the program. After several years of agency practice and university teaching, I opened a private practice in Monmouth, Oregon in 1991. I relocated my practice to Maupin in 2014. In addition to my work with clients, I offer clinical supervision, consultation and community wellness classes.
Because individuals come to therapy with a variety of temperaments, questions, challenges, life experiences, backgrounds, and interests, I do not use a single therapy theory or approach. Instead, I work with clients to determine the most appropriate approach or combination of approaches for each. These might include one or more of the following, respected and established therapies:
My standard fee for a first visit is $180; subsequent visits are $120 for a 45-55 minute individual session ($140 for couples) and $170 for an extended (60-80 minute) session. Shorter (phone or in-person) appointments are also possible; these are $60 for 15-30 minutes. Note that insurance companies do not cover phone visits.
I am an in-network provider for all major health insurance providers, including Medicare and Medicaid plans, and do offer direct billing. Insurance companies I am networked with include
Many other insurers also cover my services; check with your insurance plan to verify coverage, or you may call my billing agent, Holly, at 503-587-0623. She will be happy to help answer questions about your coverage and copays.
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