Working for over a decade as a counselor in the Alcohol and Drug and Mental Health field has been a challenging, enlightening, and rewarding experience. I completed an internship and worked for eight years at Serenity Lane Treatment Services in Eugene and Portland before coming to Kolpia. During that time, I’ve had an opportunity to fill almost every position that the treatment process entails, and firmly believe in the power of group and individual therapy to enact significant and lasting positive change. My personal counseling style combines many counseling modalities but has an emphasis on Motivational Interviewing, Rogerian Person-Centered Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I believe that the most effective care combines elements of kindness, caring, directness, and honesty, and assists the client in finding their own pathway to long-term health and well-being.
While working in aftercare groups in Portland, I unexpectedly found what has become one of my passions – involving family members and supporters in the treatment and recovery process, and encouraging them to seek their own recovery program and find healing for themselves, as well as in the family relationship. At Kolpia, we have created a Family Program that through education, group discussion, and workshops illuminates how the disease of addiction operates within the family system and teaches the skills necessary to begin repairing the damage so that meaningful healing can occur. The Family Program curriculum includes The Disease Concept of Addiction, Relapse Prevention, Communication, Codependency, Family Systems, and many other pertinent topics.
I believe in the healing power of treatment and recovery and am blessed to here at Kolpia since 2016. I received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from SOSC (now SOU) in 1992 and hold CADC II and QMHA certifications. I look forward to working with anyone who desires to improve their overall level of health and vitality– and with their supporters as well.