Mental Health Counselor / Therapist in Bend, OR

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Creative Connections Counseling

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Mindful Counseling & Art Therapy
'Connecting to the Sanctuary of your heart
WELCOME! TODAY - you are one step clser to creating a joy-filled life, by living your dreams and connecting to the sanctuary of your heart! Embarking on this 'personal journey' of exploration, you will - feel a sense of personal power on a positive path to growth, balance, and optimal well-being.

As a solution-focused and eclectic therapist - I incorporate a TRANSPERSONAL, ARCHETYPAL, HUMANISTIC, SELF-PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL approach. My goal is to assist you in uncovering your innate human and divine potential and gifts - leading to a life worth celebrating. Together, we will tap into your own healing resources - both ancient and modern in order to live a life fully in the moment - despite challenging and difficult situation in your 'history'. While we cannot undo difficult situations of the past, we can work together creatively to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. We can release and change limiting patterns and belief systems that limit your relationships, in order to create a state of balance and peaceful harmony. We will listen to your own innate inner wisdom, incorporating new and changed behaviors of compassion, self-love and empowerment.

Through the creative modalities of 'play', 'art', 'storytelling', and nature based 'sandplay therapy we will weave a tapestry of healing that will transform your internal world - transforming to a life lived fully in all dimensons -- like the 'butterfly leaving the cocoon' - and the 'wild geese' coming home to the person and place you are meant to be and experience.!

I bring to my clients and sessions my heartfelt compassionate and authentic presence -- allowing safety and trust to emerge. To deeply 'know oneself' - through all dimenstions. jTo find and access one's 'authentic voice' - and experience of one's inner sanctuary -- 'announcing your place in the family of things'.
Practice Areas/Issues Treated
 Counseling / Therapy  Educational Therapy
 Adolescents  Gay or Lesbian Issues
 Adoption  Grief and Loss
 Anxiety and Panic  Group Therapy
 Arts Therapy (Expressive)  Learning Disabilities
 Asperger's Syndrome  Life Transitions
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Loneliness
 Body Image Issues  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Caregiver Issues  Marriage Counseling
 Children's Counseling  Relationship Issues
 Chronic Illness  Religious Counseling
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Self-Esteem Issues
 Couples Therapy  Stress Management
 Depression  Trauma and PTSD
 Divorce  Women's Issues
 Board-Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC)  Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
AA - in Nursing from Hartnell Community College
BA in Psychology from Sonoma State University
MA in Art Therapy and Transpersonal Counseling - from Southwestern College, Santa FE New Mexico

* Experiential Play Therapy Training *Ancient Healing Practices
* Sandplay Therapy (Jungian based) * EnergyPsychology/Visionary Practices
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, as well as a Board-Certified Art Theapist, and trained Sandplay Therapist, and Children's Experiential Play Therapist, maintaining a private practice in Milwaukie, specializing in individual and family therapy.

I have extensive work experience in the field of trauma resolution for both children and adults - having recently worked with abused and neglected children and family reunification.

I have over 30 years of experience in the healthcare field,having worked as a Registered Nurese, Creative Art Therapist, Professional Counselor, and Visionary Artist.

I received my graduate trainning through Southwestern College, in Santa Fe New Mexico - obtaining a Masters Degree in Art Therapy & Transpersonal Counseling - with an emphasis on traditional and 'creative therapeutic modalities' of counseling and healing.

Upon graduation and through my graduate training I have worked with a variety of populations - in both inpatient, and community based out-patient settings.

I currently work as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. My areas of expertise includes work with families and children, medical illness, grief-loss and change, and various emotional challenges -- incorporating a cognitive-behavioral/ mindfulness/ guided imagery/ ecopsychology/ and energy medicine approaches.

My therapeutic approach involves offering support to clients to effectively engage and transform personal life challenges. I integrate complimentary methods and techniques to offer a personalized approach tailored to the needs of each individual client. With compassion and insight I help individuals access their own unique healing resources to live a more meaningful life.
Oregon Friends of Jung
American Art Therapy Association www.arttherapy.org
Art Therapy Credentials Board ww.atcb.org
Associate member of the National Sandplay Organization www.sandplay.org
Associate member for Play Therapy www. a4pt.org
Payments Accepted
Cash, check
Hours:9 am - 7pm (monday through saturday)
Cost/Session:$85.00/session Reduced fee availab.e
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265 Franklin Ave.
BendOR 97701
Additional Location
3731 SE 164th Ave.
PortlandOR 97236