Licensure

Licensure: I have been licensed by the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists since 1996, and credentialed as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) since 1995. I have been a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADCI) in Oregon since 2000, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York State since 2013.

Oregon LPC Professional Disclosure Statement

Philosophy and approach: I believe that clients at any given moment are functioning as best they can, given the resources and knowledge they have in that moment. As a licensed professional counselor, I strive to assist clients with developing more resources, insight, and skills to move them toward an improvement in their lives. I use a cognitive-behavioral approach, with special emphasis on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). I enhance DBT with both motivational interviewing and solution-focused therapy to help clients change, and draw on their strengths. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I adhere to the Oregon Licensing Board’s Code of Ethics set forth in Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) Chapter 833, Division 60.

Client Bill of Rights: As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I make every reasonable effort to clarify the information in this professional disclosure statement, as required by the Code of Ethics. As a client, you have the right to the following:
To expect that I have met the minimum qualifications of training and experience required by state law
To examine public records maintained by the Board and to have the Board confirm my credentials
To obtain a copy of the Code of Ethics
To report complaints to the Board
To be informed of the cost of services prior to receiving services
To be assured of privacy and confidentiality while receiving services, with the following exceptions:
1. The client or those persons legally responsible for the affairs of the client give consent to the disclosure
2. The client initiates legal action or makes a complaint against the licensed professional counselor to the Board; likewise, I am required to respond to an inquiry made by the board during the course of an investigation into my conduct
3. Imminent danger to the client or others is present
4. The intent to commit a significant crime, e.g., violent felony, or harmful act, is communicated
5. The communication reveals that a minor is or is suspected to be the victim of a crime, abuse or neglect (similar mandates exist for suspected abuse toward the elderly, developmentally disabled adults, individuals with mental illness, or individuals confined to nursing facilities)
To be free from discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or other lawfully described category while receiving services.

Education and Training: I am a graduate of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR where I received my MA in Counseling Psychology in June 1993. Major coursework in my graduate program included, but was not limited to, individual counseling, group counseling, family counseling, lifespan development, counseling theories, treatment and diagnosis of mental health and addiction disorders, career counseling, research methods, couples therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and clinical work with diverse populations. I have received extensive training in DBT, motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy and treating trauma. I am also an Oregon Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, earning my certification in May 2000.

Continuing Education: As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I adhere to the requirements of the Board to complete a minimum of 40 clock hours of approved continuing education every two years. Up to 20 of these hours may be satisfied through receipt of professional supervision by a licensed mental health professional.

Fees: Please contact the office for the current fee schedule. Full fees are charged for appointments canceled without 24 hour notice. Additional fees may apply for assessment only or court appearances.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the LPC license, please feel free to contact the Oregon Board of Licensed Counselors and Therapists: 3218 Pringle Rd. SE, #250 Salem, OR 97302-6312 503-378-5499