How Therapy Works


Are scheduled for 50, 80, and 110 minutes.  To avoid cancellation fee, please call to cancel or reschedule your appointment 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment time.  

How Therapy Works

Welcome!  I am pleased to have the opportunity to introduce you to the therapy experience.  Individuals, couples, and families come to therapy to receive services when faced with life struggles.  In the first session, we get to know each other.  I listen to the descriptions of struggles and collect information relevant to your situation.  In the second session, we will continue to understand the struggles and start the process of creating a Treatment Plan.  In the 2nd or 3rd session we will complete the Treatment Plan and move toward your desired outcome.  Exploration happens to identify directions for therapy to facilitate necessary changes.  Emphasis is placed on the interactions among family members as well as the role each person plays in the positive relationship growth.

Benefits and Risks of Therapy

When you seek therapy it is important to know that there are benefits and risks involved in the changes that may occur.  the benefits of therapy may include an enhancement of your ability to handle or cope with your marriage, family, and other relationships in a healthier way.  You may also gain a greater understanding of personal and family goals and values.  This new understanding may lead the way to greater maturity and happiness as an Individual, Couple, or as a Family.  However, therapy may be challenging and uncomfortable at times.  Remembering and resolving unpleasant events may cause intense feelings of fear, anger, depression, and frustration.  as you work to resolve struggles between others, you may experience discomfort or increasing conflict.


Recognizing the personal nature of information revealed in therapy and respecting your right to confidentiality, the information received in therapy will remain confidential by the guidelines of Oregon State regulations and the Professional Code of ethics of AAMFT.  Confidentiality does not apply under the following conditions and may be breached if:

  • A person reveals the intent to harm self and/or others
  • Person presents reasons to believe child or elder abuse or neglect
  • When ordered by a judge to produce records