Professional Disclosure Statement

Philosophy and Approach: I believe counseling, or psychotherapy, facilitates revising the outdated patterns or grooves we keep living in despite our frustration and disappointment, and repairing old wounds that break through our defenses in symptoms like anxiety, depression, uncontrollable anger, chronic shame, conflict in relationships, or fear of change. My approach to counseling is psychodynamic, multicultural, and feminist. I believe that our early experiences shape many of our later ones, that we can reclaim power that is sapped from us, and that our differences and disagreements have intrinsic value. Our work together is collaborative and reflexive. Therapy I practice can help readjust behaviors, feelings, and thoughts that were once adaptive and are no longer. I maintain a clinical focus on trauma-informed care, developmental or complex trauma, problems with anger and extreme emotions, religious/spiritual/political change or conflict, and families and groups.

Formal Education and Training: I hold a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University. Major course work included theories, law and ethics, assessment, psychopathology, human growth and development, child and adolescent therapy, family and couples therapy, group dynamics, cultural diversity, chemical dependency, trauma treatment, career counseling, and psychodynamic psychotherapy. In addition, I hold a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Comparative Religious Studies from Stanford University, with specialization in modern European philosophy of religion. Each year, I complete a minimum of 24 continuing education units (hours) in law and ethics, modalities, and/or treatment areas.

As an Associate registered with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, I abide by its Code of Ethics. As an Associate, I am supervised by Margaret Eichler, PhD LPC NCC ACS (Oregon C2058).

Fees: Individual session for 50-minute hour is $130.00; multiples (couples, families, etc.) session for 80 minutes is $175.00.

As a client of an Oregon Registered Professional Counselor Associate, you have the following rights:
∗ To expect that a licensee has met the 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 (Oregon Administrative Rules 833-100);
∗ 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 or law, with the following exceptions:
1) Reporting suspected child abuse;
2) Reporting imminent danger to you or others;
3) Reporting information required in court proceedings or by your insurance company, or other relevant agencies;
4) Providing information concerning licensee case consultation or supervision; and
5) Defending claims brought by you against me;
∗ To be free from discrimination because of age, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, national origin, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, or socioeconomic status.