Help with anxiety, depression, addiction, awakening
- Are you Struggling? Turning to drugs and or alcohol to help you cope?
- Has job stress or relationship problems left you feeling overwhelmed? Stressed? Feeling alone?
- Have you started to numb out? Don’t enjoy life?
Many people have these common problems. Stress, burn out, anxiety or depression can start sucking the joy out of your life.
You may find that my heartfelt and creative approach to these common challenges helps you make changes that are important to you. You’ll find a place where my genuine unconditional positive regard for you helps you remember what’s important to you.
Would you like a therapist who has a sense of humor? Who will give you direct feedback, not just listen passively? Be real with you? I recognize that we all struggle from time to time, and need some support and guidance. Together we can work with your challenges with respect, understanding and even have some fun.
If you are concerned that you might be drinking too much, or using drugs or prescriptions you may be surprised at my type of help. You will never feel “talked down to.” Clients have told me that they appreciate that they never feel judged by me.
I specialize in addiction, and Moderation Management. I particularly enjoy helping clients determine how to drink moderately and my special training will help you know if you are one of these people who can drink safely and how to do it successfully.
Many clients who have challenges with alcohol or drugs, have undiagnosed PTSD. If you find you are coping with anxiety or depression in unhelpful ways such as increase use of alcohol or drugs, finding yourself isolating, or notice more conflict with loved ones, you may benefit from specialized help for the underlying causes.
We work together to give you strategies to discharge the increased adrenaline response that the body develops in response to trauma. You’ll learn how to calm the body and mind for increased quality of life.
Clients wonder how long therapy takes. Most people come for at least 10 sessions. I have worked with one client for as long as 2 years. But most commonly clients work with me for 3 – 6 months.
They find answers to the questions: “What can I do differently? I don’t like the way my life is now.” “How can I create my goals? I keep falling short.” “How can I make this transition?”
I’d love to chat with you about the kind of support you want. I offer a free phone consultation so we can get to know each other.
- Saybrook Graduate School, San Francisco, CA, Master of Arts, Psychology, June, 2005.
- Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy, Taught by Natalie Rogers (daughter of Carl Rogers), Ph.D ., 2005.
- Goddard College, Plainfield VT Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, June, 2000.
- SoulCollage® Facilitator Training, 2010.
- Second-degree Reiki Certificate 1990
- Labrynith Facilitator Grace Cathedral in San Francisco in 2000
Post Graduate Training
- Motivational Interviewing & Stage of Change Model
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy
- Crisis Intervention
Inner Journey Healing Arts, Mental Health Counselor & Consultant,
St. Helens, OR and Hillsboro, OR 2012 to 2014
- Provide consultation to staff regarding mental health issues and their effective treatment.
- Facilitate mental health groups including Soul Collage® and other expressive arts modalities.
- Conduct assessments and individual therapy sessions as needed.
- Provide case management.
Cedar Hills Hospital, PRN Therapist, November, 2011 to 2014
- Provide clinical assessment and treatment planning; assist patients with goal-setting
- Coordinate care with other providers, referents, and family members
- Facilitate treatment groups for Chemical Dependency and Co-Occurring Disorders
- Collaborate with nursing and mental health staff to help keep milieu calm and positive
- Work PRN shifts in all areas of the hospital, including both Outpatient Services and Recreation Therapy
Tall Tree Healing Arts – Private Practice, Specialties include abstinence, harm reduction and moderation training for substance abuse issues, Health at Every Size® approach to disordered eating and body image issues, grief, life transitions, job and career burnout, and spirituality. Populations include: older adolescents, adults, elders families and groups.
Providence St. Vincent Outpatient Behavioral Health, Counselor in Chemical Dependency and General Psychiatric Departments Portland, OR, October 2007- January 2012
- Managed a caseload in the Chemical Dependency Department.
- Provided individual and family counseling.
- Assessed patients regarding current diagnosis and treatment needs
- Collaborated with physicians, individual therapists, legal referral sources and other treatment. partners to facilitate positive treatment outcomes.
- Assisted patients with goal setting; worked with patients to increase motivation for positive change.
- Facilitated 2 groups per week in Chemical Dependency Department, including Patient/Family Group.
- Facilitated 3 groups per week in General Psychiatric Department, including CBT Group and 2 Expressive Arts Therapy Groups.
CODA New Directions Family Treatment Center, Addiction Treatment Counselor, Gresham, OR. March 2007-October 2007
- Provided individual, group, and family counseling to adult female addicts mandated to the inpatient addiction treatment facility by the Justice System or DHS.
- Collaborated with DHS, probation officers, and other community partners to facilitate positive treatment results.
- Utilized MI, SOC, and the Seeking Safety curriculum in a strengths-based approach to addiction treatment.
- Provided treatment for dual-diagnosis clients, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and personality disorders.
Options Counseling Services of Oregon, MST Therapist, Portland, OR, August 2006 – March 2007
- Provided Multi-Systemic Therapy to adolescents and their families.
- Worked with clients and their families in their home environment.
- Worked with schools, communities, and extended family members to help facilitate a healthy environment for the youth.
- Performed clinical evaluations and assessments and design treatment plans.
- Was available to clients on a 24/7 basis, as a “wraparound” service.
Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Expeditions Counseling Intern, Albany, OR , Wilderness Therapy, June-July 2006
- Assisted existing staff on a 21-day wilderness expedition in the Blue Mountain Wilderness Area.
- Provided individual and group counseling to 7 adolescents and assisted in teaching them.
- Effective wilderness skills.
- Facilitated educational groups while hiking.
Oregon Partnership, Overnight Telephone Counselor, Portland OR, October 2005-June 2006
- Counseled callers on 2 suicide hotlines and an addiction treatment referral hotline.
- Calmed callers in crisis situations; helped them to manage their feelings including severe depression, anger, anxiety and frustration.
- Provided referrals to local services.
Self-Employed Makeup Artist, St. Louis, MO and Wilmington, NC Salons, Film, Television 1986-2004. Worked creatively amid chaos; honed excellent listening and empathic skills. Calmed actors who were angry or nervous. Communicated effectively with all sorts of people, including many addicts.
How can psychotherapy help me?
Therapy with me can help you to clarify your goals and decide what to work on now. I will always be supportive of you, even when I give you that sometimes crucial, gentle ‘push.’ Together we will practice skills and techniques that will decrease your anxiety, depression, and stress and as you use them between sessions, you’ll find that your life improves.
How long will I need to come?
This will vary depending on your goals and your rate of progress, and will be a matter for on-going discussion between us. Most people come for at least 3 months every week. Many people choose to stay longer, working on their goals in a more in-depth fashion, or moving on to accomplish other goals.
I want my husband (wife, girlfriend, boyfriend) to come with me. How can I get them to take part?
This can be challenging, particularly if they are reluctant. Normally, I recommend a gentle invitation. As your partner sees you enjoying your time with me, and sees you feeling and coping better, he/she may become more interested in the process. While I am happy to see you together for a session or two, I do not tend to see couples in my practice if I have been seeing one partner on an individual basis. I can refer you to an excellent clinician to work with for on-going couples counseling.
Do I need to stop drinking? I don’t think so. I just need to cut back.
We will discuss this openly. While you are the ultimate expert on your life, I have years of clinical experience in this area and can share with you the benefits and pitfalls regarding moderation. We will discuss your pattern of use and decide what would be the best approach for your situation. If moderation makes sense for you, we will work together to develop a moderation plan that fits your life. We will look weekly at how your moderation is going and continue to assess. During this process, many clients have been quite successful in moderation of their use of alcohol. Others have decided it’s in their best interests to achieve abstinence.
Do I have to come every week? I’m just so busy.
In the initial stages of therapy, coming weekly is vital. As we are getting to know one another and deciding on your goals, one hour per week is necessary. I have found that, if I see clients less frequently, so much time is taken up with ‘catching up’ that we do not tend to make as much progress. As you have succeeded with your therapeutic goals and are considering leaving therapy, we may schedule less frequent appointments to create a ‘gradual step-down’ from weekly therapy. This can help alleviate any concerns about ‘doing OK on your own’ and ‘maintaining your progress.’