Since 2001 I have been serving our community by providing individual, marriage and family therapy.
It is my mission to help others heal and grow as they face the struggles of life. I believe the best way for me to achieve this goal is to provide talk therapy to individuals and families. Also I teach workshops on mental health topics about living an abundant life.
I have been a part of our community for about 25 years. I have been self-employed in a service business for many years, serving people’s material needs, but I wanted to live a life of more significance. I spent many years informally helping people to solve problems and live better lives, so in 1998 I decided to attend a university and get the appropriate skills, education and credentials to make it my full-time life’s work. I think of it as being able to comfort those in any trouble with the comfort that I have received. I feel it is an honor and a privilege to walk alongside of people in the important moments of their life. Sure, those important struggling, growing times are often awkward, messy and uncomfortable. However, that is where real growth and healing takes place. It is exciting to be a part of fears eased, conflicts resolved, depression lifted, relationships healed and self-confidence grown. I get a lot of satisfaction from my work. There is nothing else I would rather do in life!
How can I be of service to you?
The Way I Work; My Theoretical Frameworks.
It is my attitude that you are created as a person of value. No matter what the source of your distress: random life circumstances, your own choices, or the choices of others, I will not judge you. I want to create a setting in which you can explore those parts of your life that are not working well or that may be causing you pain. I consider it a privilege to walk alongside of you during the distressing times of life. That is when there is opportunity for change. I want to understand what life is like for you now and how you can find relief and health. When we talk together I will walk gently and respectfully in your world. It is my belief that every individual has resources for personal development and growth. It is my role to help you identify those resources and apply them to your life situation.
In general, I function within the client centered, cognitive and family systems frameworks as I work with clients.
Client centered therapy refers to keeping the focus on you, as the client. The essence of this therapy is predicated upon your authority over your own life. You have the power to make choices. My attitude is one of empathy and positive regard. I have respect for you as a person and I want to understand your world. My focus is on you and your goals, your direction, at your pace, and with your unique way of being. It is you who knows what hurts, what direction to go, what problems are crucial.
Cognitive therapy has to do with how we think. How we interpret our experiences in life determines the way we feel and behave. It is designed to help you identify and correct distorted thought patterns that can lead to feelings and behaviors that are troublesome, self-defeating or self-destructive. As we take every thought captive we are able to identify distressing thoughts and learn to replace them with more positive ones. While cognitive therapy focuses on your current problems to alleviate symptoms, your past experiences are an important part of the cognitive therapy process. Even if an unwanted situation has not changed, you can change the way you think and behave in a positive way. You will learn specific skills that you can use for the rest of your life. When you think more clearly and realistically, you feel better.
Family systems therapy is a holistic approach. Whether I am working with an individual, couple, family or group I am concerned with the long-term well-being of both the individuals and their families. The individual is not the only one needing treatment; it is also the set of relationships in which they are imbedded.
Spiritual Integration. In addition, for those clients who request it, I can include the spiritual component. In working with clients, I am respectful of your beliefs and values. I strive to assist you in understanding, clarifying and applying your own spiritual values to your personal needs. As a Christian, I am aware of the influence our values and beliefs have on our individual and family functioning. I am aware of how my faith has influenced my world view. See Christian Counseling page for more information.
EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Continuing Education is a regular part of my professional development, learning more about how to be effective in helping you. Recent classes include: Cognitive therapy, by Judith Beck; Psychopharmacology GFU; Advanced Family Therapy; Play Therapy; Filial Therapy; Substance Abuse from a Systemic Perspective; and Treatment of Sexual Abuse Survivors.
Approved Clinical Supervisor by national professional supervision standards established by CCE Center for Credentialing and Education. In the State of Oregon on the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists Supervisory Registry available to supervise both LPC and MFT interns. A depth of experience working with graduate student interns and with state Registered Interns. Special training in Distance Counseling.
Licensed Professional Counselor, # C1832 Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists. Providing counseling services to individuals, couples, families, children, groups, organizations or the general public through the therapeutic relationship, developing understanding of personal problems, defining goals and planning action reflecting interests, abilities, aptitudes and needs as these relate to problems and concerns in personal, social, educational, rehabilitation and career adjustments.
Master of Arts in Counseling Degree, 2002, George Fox University. A graduate course of study for those preparing for a ministry in the counseling profession, to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. Courses of study included the psychology courses of the basic counseling core plus marriage and family therapy classes and graduate level theology and spiritual formation classes.
Bachelor of Arts in Management and Organizational Leadership Degree, 2000, George Fox University. Courses of study included Business classes, Psychology classes, and Biblical Studies education.
GED Although I now have a Masters Degree, I never attended a high school, never finished middle school. At the age of 13 I was taken out of school and never allowed to return. The last grade completed was 6th. Over the next 24 years I grazed out of libraries doing “delight-directed studies.” Whatever I delighted in, whatever caught my interest, I studied. In order to get a GED in 1990 I took the five tests, and received the GED certificate.
Therefore, I understand the difference between ‘schooling’ and ‘education.’ I have a lot of respect for people who educate themselves, in or out of school. I have tremendous compassion for those who experience the challenges of having the education, but not the degrees or credentials to compete in our society.
Relevant experience that enriches my ability to have empathy and understanding for many different issues and client needs.
On call responder for Critical Incident Stress Debriefing /Management (CISM, CISD) as a Mental Health Professional in Private Practice. Respond as counselor on site generally the day after there has been acute adversity, disaster, trauma in a workplace or public place: shopping mall shooting, death of an employee, corporate layoffs, etc..
Mental Health Professional, Counseling Program Supervisor, LifeChange for Women and Their Children - Union Gospel Mission, Portland /Beaverton, Oregon 2013 to present. Set up and run the counseling program for LifeChange: Supervise graduate student interns who provide direct services to residents and their children, create and teach classes, facilitate groups.
Mental Health Professional, Private Practice, Portland /Beaverton, Oregon 2001 – to present. Experienced mental health therapist with a passion for serving our community in regard to mental health needs. My work includes direct counseling services to individuals, groups, couples or families, working with prevention, and teaching workshops.
Adjunct Instructor, Adult Degree Program, Warner Pacific College, Portland, Oregon 4/2010 -- 12/2012. Teaching adults who are seeking an Associates or Bachelor's Degree. Courses taught include: Conflict Resolution, Interpersonal Communication, Human Development (adult).
Support Group Leader, Beaverton Christian Church. 8/2000 to 1/2005. Provided direct support group leadership to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Board Member of the Oregon Mental Health Counselors Association, (OMHCA) - 2001 - 2003 Worked with the board to define the purpose and long term goals of the organization. We endeavored to promote the professional identity of Licensed Professional Counselors in Oregon. In addition, I wrote articles for the quarterly membership publication.
Dean of Women, Child Placement Coordinator for Royal Family Kids Camp, (Beaverton Christian Church), an organization that provides summer camp to children in foster care: 2001 – 2008. Worked with leadership to provide training for camp staff and volunteers. Coordinated child placement at camp with Department of Human Services/Child Welfare.
Family Therapist, Intensive Family Services, Portland, Oregon. 2001-2002 – Graduate level internship, provided direct counseling services to individuals, couples and families. Clients were mandated by Oregon DHS Child Protective Services.
Other relevant experience: successfully self-employed in a service business for 15 years, store salesclerk, flea market sales, raised livestock, drew plans and helped to build farm buildings, ran day care business, and was a migrant farm worker for 10 years.
Faith Winters, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor