Portland Relationship Institute
7100 SW Hampton Street #128 l Tigard OR 97223 l 503-342-2510
better relationships can change your life
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Although counseling therapy may sometimes challenge you, the relationship between us should be the easy part. It’s important that I "feel" right to you, that I’m someone with whom you share a warm, positive connection, and that I understand and empathize with you and your challenges. Trying to make the wrong counselor “fit” feels kind of like wearing the wrong-sized clothes. It just feels kind of squirmy and uncomfortable. Though the boundaries and “rules” of a therapist-client relationship are much stricter and more clearly defined than a friendship, our relationship should nevertheless feel friendly and safe to you. If we don’t think I’m the right fit for you, then I will work to help you find a counselor who is.
Although I have extensive experience as a counselor/psychotherapist, I view each new client as a unique individual with his or her own specific personality, perspectives and challenges. That is the "art" of counseling: customizing my experience, knowledge and expertise to help you--as an individual, couple or family--with your specific needs and challenges.
I offer helpful, down-to-earth, practical solutions for the challenges you face in a way that helps you take them in and use them--so that you can renew your faith in yourself, your relationships and your life. I am often told that I am able to get to the heart of the matter quickly, effectively and compassionately--that I help make it safe to change. Clients also tell me that they are grateful that I am willing to go the depth and distance they need in order to affect real change.