Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans Counseling

Counseling With a Licensed Therapist

  • Licensed. I have been a licensed clinical social worker in Oregon for over 20 years. I have a rich background of experience and training in assessment, motivation, and finding solutions to help people experience less stress, have greater satisfaction in relationships, and improved motivation and job performance.
  • Experienced. Over my career I've worked with individuals and couples, gay and straight, with adults, adolescents and children. I've managed life threatening crisis, helped couples repair marriages, and guided teens to improved self esteem which help free them from substances and eating disorders.
  • Expert advice. My professional interests include resiliency, positive psychology, emotion coaching, and mindfulness practices. I rely heavily on research-based techniques, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, and the emerging field of interpersonal neurobiology.
  • Affordable. Most people I see have insurance or use their EAP benefits to pay for their therapy, and about one fourth of my clients are self pay. Most symptoms related to self-esteem, anxiety, depression or relationships issues can be significantly improved in 6 to 12 sessions. 

Reasons to Consider Therapy

  1. An outside perspective with applied expertise can balance your own personal bias. When it comes to expanding your own perceptions and perspectives, there is virtually no substitute for another viewpoint, as well as another tank of experiences from which to draw upon.
  2. You may not think you “need” therapy, but sometimes it is best. Your own perspective and systematic way of dealing with your daily life may be creating long term issues that are easier to sort out now rather than later. Often the people least willing to talk to a therapist are the most likely to benefit once they actually show up to sessions.
  3. Consider the cost of avoiding therapy versus the cost of mental healthcare. Many people believe that the price of therapy is too high and that its worth is too low. For less than the cost of your cell phone plan for a year you can discover there is benefit to be gained in spending time with a therapist, and it is in your best interest to seek it out.
  4. Mental exercise is just as important and beneficial as physical exercise to your overall health. Monks and London cab drivers show increased brain activity not seen in people who don't exercise their brains through highly sustained and focused activity. Emotion coaching and attention exercises can train individuals to be more resilient in the face of life stressors. In essence, therapy is just one more way to work out your mind, and to develop skills that can help improve your overall health.

What You Can Expect

  • As you begin therapy, you will establish clear goals with your therapist. Perhaps you want to overcome feelings of hopelessness associated with depression. Or maybe you would like to control a anxiety that disrupts your daily life. Keep in mind that certain tasks require more time to accomplish than others.
  • After a few sessions, you should be feeling as though the experience is truly a joint effort and that you and the therapist enjoy a good rapport. On the other hand, you should be open with your therapist if you find yourself feeling "stuck" or lacking direction once you've been in therapy awhile.
  • It's natural to question some aspect of your therapy experience. If you find yourself thinking about discontinuing therapy, talk with your therapist. It might be helpful to consult another professional, provided you let your therapist know you are seeking a second opinion.
  • It's not unusual to feel a wide range of emotions at different times throughout your therapy. It may be difficult to discuss painful and troubling experiences with your therapist. When this happens, it can actually be a positive sign indicating that you are starting to explore your thoughts and behaviors. You can talk with your therapist about how to approach these topics.
  • Spend time with your therapist periodically reviewing your progress, and talk about whether you are concerned that you are not making sufficient headway. Although there are other considerations affecting the duration of therapy, success in reaching your primary goals should be a major factor in deciding when your therapy should end.
  • Therapy is often challenging, but clients who are willing to work in close partnership with their therapist often find relief from their emotional distress and begin to lead more productive and fulfilling lives.