If your relationship is stuck in frustrating patterns, and you want to get back on track.
I can offer you realistic, direct guidance.
The point isn't for you to spend years in therapy. It's to walk away
with insight and skills that will help you stay connected to your partner.
You can have a good relationship.
You can learn to be a good partner.
Couples counseling can help you get there.
My focus is couples and my training and commitment is to couples work. There is a ripple effect: by strengthening the couple, you strengthen all parts of your life from your family to your work to your friendships to how you feel about yourself.
I truly believe that the best way to grow is through an intimate relationship with someone else.
This is the best work we can do on
this planet. Everything else springs from that fierce connection.
Outside the Box
It takes all kinds of couples to make a world and I welcome them all. I am experienced in working with the following couples/relationships:
I honor the diversity of your cultural or religious beliefs and sexual orientation.
I see problem patterns, not problem people. I help couples shift those patterns, while respecting who they are and how they live their lives. I work best with clients who want a therapist who is direct, transparent, funny, flexible, moves quickly and is not afraid to tell them the truth.
I have experience
working with couples struggling with infidelity, addictions, gender issues/ transitioning, childhood trauma/abuse, parenthood,
prejudice/social disenfranchisement and depression/anxiety.
Who I Am
I became a couples counselor because I believe that we all long to connect to someone else emotionally, sexually, spiritually--and I wanted to help others achieve that.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oregon with a private practice in Kenton/North Portland. I have a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Portland State University (2011). I am certified in Relational Life Therapy with Terry Real (www.terryreal.com) and have additional training in Susan Johnson's EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) for Couples, Esther Perel (sexuality and infidelity), and Bessel van der Kolk (trauma). I have additional training/experience in suicide prevention and parenting.
I work from a family systems perspective (we are all connected in a system and one shift can shift everything else in that system) and attachment theory (how we bonded as infants affects how we bond to our adult partners).
Before becoming a therapist, I was a journalist, editor, worked with pregnant/birthing women, led parenting classes and groups for incarcerated teen girls. Most of my life has been spent living outside the United States. I speak conversational German and Italian and am learning Turkish.
What I Charge
I am committed to providing affordable therapy for couples.
I charge $75 for a 75-minute session. I also offer a free half-hour consultation on the phone. I do not take insurance.
I often have spots open for couples dealing with financial hardship/crisis, and I can also point you towards low-cost counseling resources. (See resources).
My office is in Kenton/North Portland at 2125 N. Willis next to Kenton Park.
May 2017 update: My practice is currently full. Please feel free to email me about my next opening, or if you would like some referrals. Also, please tell me how you found out about me. Thank you!
Counseling for Couples
2125 N. Willis Street
Portland, OR 97217
firstname.lastname@example.org | 541-601-7676
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Helpful Links & Resources
Online Couples Resources
Terry Real is the founder of Relational Life Therapy (RLT), a direct and practical approach to couples counseling and intimate relationships. This site offers tips and useful resources for couples.
There are a lot of skilled therapists in Portland. Here are a few I recommend:
These are books I use in my couples practice:
Addiction & Recovery
Quotes about Love