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Goals of Psychotherapy
The goals of psychotherapy are to; (1) Understand and come to manage trauma and stress in your life. (2) Enhance and grow your personal life, work life, and relationships.
[Philosophy of Counseling in Tualatin]
Nature of Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy can ease stress and trauma and enhance the quality of your life. Emotional growth and change can be temporarily painful. Psychotherapy is a way to understand and learn from the experience of your life. This is difficult at times, as therapy can be hard work. Psychotherapy is not a “quick fix” but a process. I believe that humans are complicated beings, and each of us is unique. Psychotherapy is a way of changing your view of yourself and your life. Life experiences unfold and change in counseling sessions, and sometimes this unfolding can be painful. You may want to quit counseling during a painful period – and you are free to do so. However quitting may not help the process of change which you have begun in counseling.
The primary perspective on counseling from which I work is called Integral Psychology or Psychotherapy. I draw on many theories with the goal of meeting you where you are at in your life. A component of our work together will be understanding and working with the Integral approach. Our relationship is the most important part of our work. Research has shown that the therapeutic relationship (the relationship that develops between counselor and client) is the most powerful force of change in clients' lives. It is my goal to create a safe place for you to address the joys and pains in your life in a way that is accepting and free of judgment. Because of the stress and trauma that many people I have worked with have experienced, I use approaches that may be appropriate for a specific problem. When deciding to use other approaches, I use an Integral approach to development, which allows me to fit a therapy modality to your personality and current place in your life.
The Integral Psychotherapy perspective takes into account the many different dimensions of our existence; biological/behavioral/genetics, emotions and self-perception, significant relationships and family, impacts and effects of culture and sub-culture, personality, development of capacities, aptitudes and skills, personality type.... just to name a few. In integral psychotherapy, the state of these different dimensions of your existence are identified through our work together. The identification of these dimensions will lead to a plan addressing your specific concerns and issues that is "tailored" to your uniquity.
The specific theoretical orientations I draw from are; existential-humanistic, gestalt, object-relations, self psychology, family systems, narrative, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy), and client-centered/phenomenological perspectives.
I look forward to working with you!
I am a psychotherapist specializing in individual and group psychotherapy. In addition, I work as an Interventionist with families that are faced with an addicted family member. I maintain a limited private practice in Tualatin, Oregon and serve as a Program Manager at a County Mental Health Agency.
With over ten years experience working in the mental health and addictions treatment fields, and as a graduate of Lewis & Clark Graduate School specializing in Integral Psychotherapy, I am currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. My areas of special focus include; Alcohol Addiction, Prescription Drug Addiction (pain pills and anxiety medications) Process Addictions (gambling, shopping), Addiction in the Family, Men's Issues, and Couples Therapy.
I am an interactive, relationaly focused Integral Psychotherapist. My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
Before becoming a psychotherapist, I worked in Sales, Real Estate, and Corporate Management. I enjoy spending time with my wife and our three children.
I hold a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology, with a specialization in Addictions studies from Lewis & Clark Graduate School in Portland, Oregon. I have also earned Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Psychology and Philosophy from Portland State University.
License, Certifications & Awards
National Certified Gambling Counselor-II (NCGC-II)
Certified by the National Council on Problem Gambling
Registered Licensed Professional Counselor with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists. www.oregon.gov/OBLPCT/
National Certified Counselor (NCC) www.nbcc.org
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor -- Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon (ACCBO). www.accbo.com
Certified Gambling Addiction Counselor II (CGACII) Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon. www.accbo.com
Crisis Lines Worker, Alcohol & Drug Crisis and Referral Line, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Military Helpline. Portland, Oregon (Oregon Partnership).
Crisis Lines Supervisor.
Crisis Lines Worker Trainer.
Crisis Lines Operations Director.
Addictions Counselor, Residential Treatment Center for Substance & Alcohol Addiction. Portland, Oregon (VOA/InAct LIRT Program).
Addictions Counselor, Aftercare for Substance & Alcohol Addiction. Portland, Oregon (VOA/InAct REC Program).
Mental Health Therapist Intern, Inpatient Residential Treatment for Addiction and Co-occurring Disorders, Portland, Oregon (NARA Residential).
Problem Gambling Counselor, Outpatient Addictions Treatment, Portland, Oregon (VOA/InAct PGS Program).
I have also received additional training in;
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Mindfulness in Psychotherapy
Family Addiction Intervention (The Moment of Change Interventionists Conference, 2009).
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) -- Training for Trainers (2010).
Seeking Safety (Treatment for Trauma & Substance Abuse) (September 2012)
Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (December 2012)
The Stopping Overshopping Model:
Therapy, Case Illustration, Preliminary Outcome Data (January 2013)
The ADHD Effect on Couples (January 2013)
CRAFT Family Addiction Training (July 2013)
Professional Activities and Memberships
National Council on Problem Gambling Conference (2010). Presenter: "Putting Our Ear to the Ground: Detecting Suicidality in Problem Gamblers."
National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) -- Member www.ncpgambling.org
National Association for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) -- Member www.naadac.org/