When we have healthy relationships with those that are important to us, life tends to run more smoothly. When this is not the case our lives can feel out of control and we can become anxious, frustrated, angry or depressed.
I enjoy working with couples as they work to create and maintain healthy and fulfilling relationships. I also work with individuals as they struggle with many of life's concerns and difficulties. I always consider a clients family of origin experiences to discover possible connections in their way of dealing with difficulties in the present.
Calling a counselor for the first time can be a weird experience. I want to make this process comfortable for you. You will guide this process and I will follow where you need to go. I have developed knowledge of theories and interventions from my masters degree at George Fox University in Marriage Couple and Family Counseling, but I am most focused in meeting you where you are at. Together we will navigate what is challenging you and bring you to a place of understanding and hope. I work with couples and individuals of all ages.
I specialize in depression, anxiety, and men's issues and am also comfortable treating a wide range of presenting issues aside from those. I take an eclectic, client-centered, evidence-based approach that focuses on combining the best available research with your individual preferences and learning/interaction styles. Our time in therapy will focus on teaching you effective skills to change the way that you relate to yourself, your emotions, and your thoughts, while also exploring and validating the reasons that you developed your current patterns in the first place.
Currently doing virtual consults. Be sure to check out profiles for Mandy Curtis, who has immediate openings. I'm here to support individuals with post-traumatic stress, interpersonal difficulties, life transitions, and more. I really appreciate the complexity of personality and identity formation. My ideal client was raised with a slightly "messed up" childhood, which they laugh about but say they are "over it". But, they may be having some concerns in their current relationships and be asking themselves- why is this a pattern for me? This curiosity can lead to powerful transformations.
I believe relationships have long-lasting healing power. Romantic, parent/child, friendship, or even your relationship with yourself, when these bonds are healthy, they help heal many wounds. But sometimes things get in the way of your goals for your life and relationships – trauma, beliefs that hurt instead of help, new mental health symptoms, or behaviors that aren’t working for you. I come alongside clients and help them learn new ways to understand and cope with these issues. One of my favorite things is helping couples learn to change unhealthy patterns and build the relationship they’ve always dreamed of.
The world can be a tough place, and almost all of us require support, a listening ear, and an open mind; especially for those who do not feel heard and understood. This is even harder for those who suffer from predispositions to mental health issues such as: depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, Autism, and etc. People require empathy, patience, understanding, and acceptance to grow. People want to be heard and understood; others want to feel accepted and valued; while there are those who may feel loss and don't know what it is that they need. This is where therapy becomes essential. To find someone who cares can be life changing.
I work with adults with illness, disability, or going through life transitions to develop strategies to address relationships, intimacy, connection, sexual wellness, sexuality and gender expression. I'm passionate about the area of sexuality and intimacy as it intersects with illness and disability. Sex is an activity of daily living and I believe that sex, sexuality, gender expression, and creating intimate and loving connections are meaningful occupations. I'm trained in the biopsychosocial model and I analyze the larger picture of physical, mental, cognitive, sensory, social, and environmental contexts.
Coldplay said it well: "Nobody said it was easy…no one ever said it would be this hard". There may be days that line echos how you feel about your relationship: "We just can’t seem to communicate!" "My spouse and I used to be so close..." "Why can’t my partner and I stop fighting?" You’re looking for skills to reconnect and feel the intimacy you crave. You don't want to go to bed angry with no way to fix things. If you’re reading this, you’re in the right place. You can put the "elation" back into your relationship. If there is even a glimmer of desire to grow and learn, there is hope.
Accepting new clients for September and October. I offer services for individuals and couples. I love working with folks asking big questions- it may be about life, spirituality, values, etc- and getting into the gritty details of learning new skills and building sustainable habits to support our overall health. My clinical style involves partnering with clients to embark on a journey of self-exploration and self-discovery. I also tend to explore our relationships with others and society and client’s goals therein, as a part of a holistic approach to mental health.
I am a Neurodiversity Affirmative therapist. I am unique in that I am cross-trained with multiple other specialties (Peds, OT, PT, SLP, Education, Psychiatry, Audiology) to have a comprehensive understanding of challenges. I am known for teaching people a 'User's Manual' for their brain; I literally co-create with you a manual for how your brain works, what the challenges are, how they impact you, and known tricks to circumvent them. I have exceptional scholarship in: Autism/Aspergers, ADHD, Dyslexia and Emotional Disorders. Many of my clients have been to multiple other providers with no change....
Are you trying your best and still struggling emotionally? Intrusive thoughts may be leaving you restless or down and engaging in unhealthy behaviors to get through it. I offer compassionate support to help you learn helpful ways to cope and live a healthier quality of life. My practice intentionally creates a space of healing and I center BIPOC (especially Latinx and immigrant) and queer individuals to not just survive but to thrive.
I work with couples, families, and individuals. I conduct my practice in a way that is collaborative and respectful of clients, working together to reach your goals. I truly look forward to beginning this journey with you.
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CST, BC-TMH, RD, LD, CDCES, BC-ADM
The journey of healing is a collaborative process between therapist and patient. I am direct, warm, and respectful in my professional approach and work best with people who are curious and motivated to understand themselves and learn to address current struggles in new and adaptive ways.
Great relationships don't happen by accident. I can help you learn how to have one. Whether it is a relationship with yourself, your family, your boss or your significant other, they all have one thing in common. It's good communication. Communication is one of the top three problems in relationships. Over the years I've found that if you can handle good communication you can then handle almost anything. Why don't you let me know what your needs and goals are, then we can start there.
I have current openings and am doing in person and telehealth appointments. Have you found that the coping skills that used to work just seem to fall short? Do you want a safe and nonjudgmental space to be able to talk with someone? Do you struggle with not knowing who you are or what you want? I believe we all have the capacity to address our needs and make positive changes towards our goals regardless of what we have been through in the past. We are able to access our own wisdom and truth when we feel safe and heard. I would love to provide that space and presence for you to share, grow, and heal.
I believe that a healthy outlook comes from having a good grasp of your ABC's... Accept, Balance, Cope. People often say things like, "I need to let it go," or "I need to forgive ...," etc. But we rarely talk about what it means to do that. Those phrases mean accepting that life is what it is-a balance of both good and bad-and making a choice to focus on the things we CAN change. Then "it" can stop directing our lives-we cope. Whether you need to let go of anger, fear, or sadness, I can help!
Congratulations! You have taken the first, often awkward, step in changing your life by looking for a therapist. Are you feeling overwhelmed with small tasks, struggling with constant worry or irritability, and missing a good night's sleep? Is your life limited due to trauma-based symptoms caused by military combat or sexual assault? Have you recently ended a relationship and are trying to cope? Have you wondered if you may have ADHD or a memory disorder? If so, please contact me so we can get started at helping you feel better.
Your strengths identify who you are. Your unique needs can be addressed in a safe, collaborative environment where you can learn to communicate in ways that help you get your needs met in relationships. Anxiety and negativity can prevent you from engaging with others effectively. Learning about your needs and becoming aware of your thinking patterns is crucial. You can overcome insecurities by contacting me for support and insight for the concerns you have about your life.
I work non judgmentally with clients to examine/strengthen relationships.I work with individuals,couples and families to repair and rebuild relationships that are not functioning at their best.With the client,the current concern is examined then goals and steps toward change are developed.I feel a persons self esteem is often a key component to current concerns and difficulties being experienced, as such this is examined.I believe the child parent relationship is key to a child's development and self esteem. I work with the parent to create the strongest connection possible with their child.
I provide counseling and therapy services to children and teenagers ages 10-18 years of age, including their families. I have 21 years experience working with a variety of concerns including mood regulation issues, impulse control, disruptive behaviors, trauma, and boundary issues. I collaboratively work with children and families to improve functioning and health.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Hillsboro are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Hillsboro then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Hillsboro, or Child Psychologists in Hillsboro.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Hillsboro psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Hillsboro specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.