Philosophy and Approach:
My general theory base is Existential Humanistic and Systems Theory, with focuses on the dynamics of creativity, mindfulness and self awareness within the context of a person’s worldview. I employ a strength based approach utilizing relational creativity and experiential therapies designed to promote client expression, awareness and healing. The ability to stabilize somatic and emotional “dysregulation” as well as self-comfort is focused on as one confronts overwhelming trauma and experiences of life. Through the lens of a positive focused system, multi perspective problem solving and skill development a client can expand their abilities to engage in their growth. My special areas of interest are children and adolescents, as well as clinical supervision. I maintain a special focus on trauma work including, PTSD, childhood sexual abuse, sudden death and loss, dissociative disorders and military individual and families.
Formal Education and Training:
I hold a Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling and Educational Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno as well as a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy also from UNR. Major coursework includes Therapeutic skills, Family Therapy, Group Counseling, School Counseling, Counselor Education and Clinical Supervision with a special focus on children and adolescents. For the last seventeen years I have been a Nationally Certified Counselor and since April 2009 certified as an Approved Clinical Supervisor. I was a counselor in public schools from 1996-2006 working with children and adolescents at risk for school failure. I have been adjunct faculty at Lewis and Clark College in the Counseling Psychology Department of the Graduate School since 1997. From fall 2006-2012 I held a half time position of Assistant Professor, and in August 2012 left the position to pursue a full time private practice and clinical supervision. In 2006 I established my private practice, Resonance Counseling and Consulting LLC in Portland Oregon focusing my work on children and adolescents, as well as couples and families. I am a current provider for the Returning Veterans Project in Portland as well as presenter about issues and trauma surrounding military service and experience. Previously I trained as a fine artist at University Nevada including professional solo artist shows.
As a licensee of the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, I will abide by its Code of Ethics. To maintain my license I am required to participate in annual continuing education, taking classes dealing with subjects relevant to this profession. I may substitute professional supervision for part of this requirement.
Fees: Individual session 50 minute hour $125.00 Couples/Families session 80 minutes $165.00
20% Sliding fee scale for qualifying clients for individual, couples & family sessions
As a client of an Oregon Licensee you have the following rights:
- To expect that a licensee has met the minimal qualifications of training and experience required by state law;
- To examine public records maintained by the Board and to have the Board confirm credentials of a licensee;
- To obtain a copy of the Code of Ethics;
- To report complaints to the Board;
- To be informed of the cost of professional services before receiving the services;
- To be assured of privacy and confidentiality while receiving services as defined by rule and law, including the following exceptions: 1. Reporting suspected child abuse; 2. Reporting imminent danger to client or others; 3. Reporting information required in court proceedings or by client’s insurance company, or other relevant agencies; 4. Providing information concerning licensee case consultation or supervision; and 5. Defending claims brought by client against licensee;
- To be free from being the object of discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, or other unlawful category while receiving services.
You may contact the board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists at:
3218 Pringle Rd SE #250, Salem, OR 97302-6312. Telephone: (503) 378-5499