Therapy & Counseling, Lake Oswego

"We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize"-Thich That Hanh

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 I’m currently transitioning to teletherapy for all my clients.  I have thought about this transition for several years.  I started my career doing in home therapy and loved working with families in their environment and homes.  Over the years, it’s gotten more cost prohibitive and time consuming to do in home work.  Teletherapy is a wonderful way for me to go back to doing what I love so much.  I get to see individuals and families in their homes. Furthermore, computer technology, high speed broadband, encrypted and HIPAA compliant safety has all improved to make this a viable and productive alternative to “traditional” therapy. Insurance companies are also seeing it as a valuable way for clients to get help and services.  I enjoy challenging myself to learn new ways to help clients and technology is something I’ve always been drawn to.  I have spent hours researching best practices, obtaining teletherapy extended education accreditation and certifications.

 Teletherapy is not just doing “therapy online”.  It doesn’t just mean a different location for therapy.  It is a different way of thinking about therapy.  I love the creativity side of therapy and this is helping me think of new ways of doing things.  Many people feel like the therapeutic relationship will be compromised, but having people in their homes allows them to relax and be more genuine and authentic.  I feel like I connect with clients in a similar manner, as I do in a traditional office setting. I can do more concrete work when people are in their home, where the anxiety lives.  I want to help people find solutions and make lasting changes.  Teletherapy enables me added flexibility in our pursuit of those goals.

Imagine removing the stress of sitting in traffic, potentially running late for your session, or waiting to handoff child duties to your spouse to make your therapy appointment.  How much less stressful would therapy be, if we could remove these additional stressful factors out of the equation?  Teletherapy has countless advantages over traditional therapy, and as your therapist I’m evolving my practice to better meet your needs. 

I offer a vast array of services and treatment options for both the individual and their family members.  For the individual, I offer uniquely tailored programs covering a variety of specific topics.  These programs are related to stress management, anxiety disorders, panic and fears, life’s transitional occurrences, anxiety derived directly from unexpected and/or long term health issues.  I utilize my experience to custom design a program that will best serve your needs.  I believe strongly that each individual’s situations are unique and therefore the programs that we develop together should mirror that belief.

Likewise, I feel that the family dynamic can be affected, compromised and/or altered when an individual is dealing with many of these issues. The family members can be a great source of ideas and support for the individual dealing with anxiety related issues, but the family dynamic can also be greatly effected negatively as well.  I feel that working with the family to bring about patterns of change and improvement is vitally important for long-term success to be realized.

I also believe the community and environment play an important role in the individuals life and family. I work with school and community programs to provide the needed support and education to improve the persons quality of life.