Announcing the opening of Champion Family Therapy!
Please join me at my new location beginning Nov. 5!
240 Country Club Rd. Suite B
Call 541-343-7200 or visit championfamilytherapy.com to become a new client.
My Philosophy: Each individual possesses the potential to solve problems, overcome personal challenges and achieve their desired level of functioning. Life stresses often get in the way. I strive to create an atmosphere of safety and trust in which to work collaboratively with individuals and families to explore their experiences, thoughts and feelings, to reach a new understanding of these, and to move towards more positive ways of responding to each other, especially during stressful times in their lives. My goal is to facilitate a nurturing process that is individually tailored to you and ultimately leads you both to a sense of empowerment and interpersonal connectedness.
Theoretical Orientation: I began my career more than a decade ago as a therapist-in-training with a Structural Family Therapy framework. I continue to emphasize an exploration of boundaries in all relationships throughout a client’s family system, both intimate and extended, as well as in their community. The Transgenerational Model of family therapy is also influences my practice in work with both individuals and families. Transgenerational Family Therapy rests on the assumption that clients’ family-of-origin relationships and events, which occurred and often continue to occur in clients’ families of origin, influence the development of successful life strategies as well as current life problems in their families of procreation. Transgenerational therapists are “united by their belief that family problems are multi-generational phenomena and that often this is because patterns of family interactions or relationships are replicated from one generation to the next (Carr, 2006).” This approach is expressed in my style of therapy through process-oriented questions, a focus on developing insight into meaningful relationship patterns, and increasing understanding of family of origin context. Exploring relational dynamics, implicit values, cultural inheritances, and themes of differentiation versus connectedness are present throughout the process of therapy.
Formal Education and Training: I hold a Masters Degree in Counseling, Psychology and Human Services with a Marriage and Family Therapy Specialization from the University of Oregon, 2003 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, UO, 1999. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and am also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). I am experienced in working with adolescents, young and mature adults, and Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOAs). I am designated as an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor, which requires additional education, training, and supervision.
Professional Affiliations: As a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and a therapist licensed with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, I will abide by its Code of Ethics. I am required to participate in annual continuing education, taking courses dealing with subjects relevant to this profession, and learning the most up-to-date methods of treatment of mental health issues.