Areas of special interest include children and trauma, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, loss, divorce, witness to domestic violence, or other traumas. Also of special interest is working with Veterans and First Responders, including Law Enforcement, trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder, individuals with anxiety, depression, couples counseling, relationship issues, adult survivors of childhood abuse, or domestic violence.
If you are looking for a therapist to assist with individual or family issues, I hope you will read on to find out a little bit about me and my background, and to find what you might expect if you come in.
Seeking therapy can be anxiety-producing and confusing. During our first session, we'll discuss your reasons for seeking treatment and how I might help. Please feel free to call me to check availability or for an appointment.
Location: 290 E. 17th Eugene OR 97401
ph 541-335-1824 fax 541-683-3208
Oregon Board of Licensed Professional
Counselors & Therapists
Crisis Response Team 1-888-989-9990
White Bird 541-687-4000
Suicide Hotline, National 800-273-8255
I believe that each human has within them an innate capacity and desire to move toward health and wholeness. Psychotherapy can stimulate and support this capacity. Both my philosophy and practice of psychotherapy are driven by a strong belief in and respect for the unconscious and the power of relationships, truth, and God. The quality of the therapeutic relationship is a key element in counseling. I work collaboratively, come from a strengths-based mindset, and strive to listen and communicate well so clients can reach their highest potential. Primarily, I work from a psychodynamic approach; I also use other approaches such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), structural family therapy or directive child play therapy when appropriate.
I hold a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, a Certificate in Play Therapy, a Certificate in EMDR, and am Licensed by the State of Oregon as a Professional Counselor.
I have worked in this field since 2003. I proudly serve those who have served our Country by volunteering as a therapist for Returning Veteran's Project. I volunteer for our local Law Enforcement's Peer Support Team to serve those in our community who commit their life and work to serving and protecting us. Additionally, I volunteer with American Red Cross as a Disaster Mental Health worker and on Disaster Action Teams, deploying to National or local disasters. I also volunteer for Red Cross's Services to Armed Forces Division where I have the privilege of facilitating Reintegration workshops for children, teens and adults in families who serve in all branches of our Military. I have the honor of volunteering as a Guardian for South Willamette Valley Honor Flights in transporting America's Veterans to Washington, DC to visit those memorials dedicated to honor the service and sacrifices of themselves and their friends. I teach at the University of Oregon. I have lived in the Eugene area for most of my life. Most fulfilling in my life, is a wealthy marriage and a whole crew of kids who call me Mom.
Many types of problems can be effectively addressed through psychotherapy. Common issues of concern or conditions include: Anxiety, Depression and other mood disorders, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Parenting issues, Couples or marital issues, Communication, Adjustment, Step-parent or blended family issues, Trauma, Victim of domestic violence, Sexual or physical abuse.
My training, education and experience covers children as young as 3 and into adulthood. I am Certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and am a Certified Play Therapist. Both practices require advanced, specialized training, experience, and supervision.
Play therapy allows trained play therapists to assess and understand children's play and to use it in assisting the child in coping with difficult situations and emotions and in finding solutions to their problems. Play allows children a safe psychological distance from their problems and allows them to express their thoughts and feelings in ways best suited to their developmental level. It expands self-expression, teaches adaptive behaviors, relieves feelings of stress, connects us to people, regulates our emotions, and allows us to practice--in a safe environment--skills and roles best fostered through play. Play therapy provides a corrective emotional experience and releases the natural healing resources that lie within the child.
Services for individual adults, couples,
families and children
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Tuesday to Friday 10:00 to 6:00, by appointment
New Patients: I have a full practice and am rarely without a waiting list. If I am able to take a new client I will do so. If not, we will discuss my waiting list, but only if there is not a sense of urgency, and if I feel I can help with the treatment needs or goals you have. Most patients prefer evening or afternoon appointments to reduce work and school disturbance. Unfortunately, these times are limited due to this high demand. Treatment is not expected to last indefinitely, so these disruptions to schedules should not affect anyone greatly. Regular therapy sessions are important, so new individuals or families are scheduled when there is time available for weekly sessions. The first session lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. I will either email you an intake packet or you may come in 45 minutes earlier than your first scheduled appointment to fill one out. This needs to be completed before your first session, as we will need to go over some paperwork. During this first session we will schedule your spot, as sessions are weekly, on the same day, at the same time. These subsequent sessions will last 40 minutes for children and 45 minutes for adults.
I accept and bill most insurance for you (OHP not accepted); however, you are responsible for your co-pays, co-insurance and/or deductibles. These fees are due at the beginning of each session, without exception. I am an in-network/preferred provider with many insurance companies. I will call your insurance company prior to your first session to check your benefits. Please note that I cannot guarantee the information provided by your insurance company is accurate; they reserve the right to evaluate when they receive my billing. Working with insurance companies can be confusing and frustrating for all of us. I will attempt to resolve any problems that arise from billing; however, if your bill is not paid by your insurance company, you are responsible to pay your bill in full. When a session is scheduled, my time and office space are naturally reserved for the scheduled therapy session. Because of this, the patient will be charged a $65 fee for missed sessions if they are not canceled within 24 hours before the scheduled session. Special consideration is given for emergencies and must be negotiated. At times, the therapist will need to be available for the patient outside of regularly scheduled appointments or hours of operation. This may include crisis intervention, telephone conversations, unscheduled sessions, professional consultations, material review, etc. Patients--not insurance--are responsible for payment of the time spent by the therapist in such situations.
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