Sometimes we have a nagging thought that something isn't going right in our lives or we notice a pattern that keeps happening over and over, but we wait so long to call and get help. Making that call can be so hard, but it is so worth it. Whether you have trauma, anxiety, depression, or difficulty in relationships - whatever is bothering you, a collaborative therapeutic relationship can help you learn the skills to cope with what life brings you and get you feeling better about yourself and your path. We all want to feel connected, heard, and understood and deserve a safe space to figure things out with a therapist who listens.
Is it time to reach out to a therapist? Maybe you haven't had something traumatic with a capital "T" happen in your life, but doesn't being on planet Earth feel like enough reason to start therapy? We can't escape from life's many stressors and occasionally deep wounding, but we can change the way we relate and cope with them, and lessen their negative effect on us. We can observe how we get in our own way, and get to the root cause of what blocks us from fulfillment. With compassion, mutual trust, and a little humor, let's transform your life, and finally break out of the unhelpful patterns that have held you back.
It is a brave and empowering first step to enter a counseling journey, for yourself, your child, and/or your family. I work with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. I have experience in areas of childhood trauma, anxiety, PTSD, depression, self-esteem, life transitions, adoption, grief, family conflict, and parenting. I have completed certificate programs in Therapeutic Life Story Work and Adoptive and Foster Family Therapy.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW, CADCIII
I love to see people who are exploring helping themselves achieve a better space in their life. Many people are suffering from anxiety and depression and substance use in the past year along with isolation and have lost their path. They need someone to hear them and help coach them to a more comfortable place. When you choose a licensed professional you are assured that they have had extra supervision, required to have 3500 hours over 2 years client experience, passed a national board exam and most insurances will reimburse some of your costs.
I have enjoyed being a therapist for many years. My work is grounded in mindfulness, neuroscience and teaching techniques that have proven to help people thrive. I specialize in helping people eliminate problematic anxiety and repetitive cycles of depression using a very action-oriented style, which helps people get the results they are looking for quicker than traditional models. Whether you are working with me individually, listening to my podcast, or taking my self-paced online class I teach people about how to take the healthiest actions at the right time to massively improve their lives.
To help you resolve problems in your mind, body, relationships, and lifestyle, I will work with you to improve your understanding of the source of your distress and refocus on what you value most. Depending on your preference, our work together may draw from traditional treatment approaches or utilize yoga therapy and mindfulness techniques. I enjoy guiding individuals and couples interested in finding the best way to overcome difficult relationship patterns, health-related problems, anxiety, depression, and trauma.
In our sessions, you will learn to be present with and understand patterns, beliefs and emotions and develop an increased ability to cope with stress and challenges. I will introduce you to practices that help you develop the ability to tune in to your inner world so that you can build skills to better regulate and respond to—rather than react to—experiences and avoid going into a flight, fright or freeze response. As you progress in this empowering process of exploration and gain insight into your needs and hopes, you will discover new choices and decisions.
With the right person therapy can be collaborative, creative, deeply effective, and can help with immediate problems or long-standing struggles. People are naturally vibrant and healthy, but our access to this vibrancy often becomes blocked as we are forced to adjust to life's challenges. I help people gain awareness of how and why they have lost access to meaningful parts of themselves, find ways to remove blocks to emotional growth, and move towards a life that feels more connected and alive. This work can be highly effective both with individuals and couples.
My primary focus is couple therapy. I am a trained Certified EFT Therapist. EFT stands for Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples and is far and away the best treatment for couples. I have successfully treated couples who struggled with communication issues, infidelity, childhood trauma, attachment concerns, and emotional disconnect. As an EFT therapist I have worked with many couples in which one of the partners has ADHD. I also treat trauma using EMDR therapy with individuals and in the couple setting.
Are you feeling stuck? Overwhelmed? You want to make a change but not sure where to begin? I’m so glad you’re here! We all struggle from time to time and could benefit from an objective supporter—someone who is trained to help you develop new, healthy strategies to deal with life’s struggles. I truly believe you are doing the very best you can with the tools you currently possess—but things can be better!
Sometimes we can be unkind to ourselves, feel disconnected in our relationships or overwhelmed by life's problems. I believe counseling is a learning process. I will work with you to develop a compassionate understanding of who you are and new insight about areas in your life where you want support to change. I am passionate about working with individuals and families to support mental health and healing from addiction. I believe our well-being is informed by a healthy connection to family and community. In the therapy process I incorporate perspectives including relationship attachment, developing insight through mindfulness and understanding the effects of trauma.
To start, I would like to recognize the strength that it has taken for you to start the process of looking for a counselor. I work with clients from 16 years old to 99+ years. Transitions can look like many stages of life. If you are looking for support around any transition within your life, be it aging, parenting, someone in your life who is sick or injured, your relationship is not where you thought it would be, you had a baby, you cannot have a baby. Transitions can be identified as anxiety or depression through symptoms you report and display.
I am so glad you are here. Whether you have just decided to try therapy out or you have been in therapy for years, but still feel stuck, I would love to be of service to you. There can be many ways we become traumatized: a relationship heartbreak, abuse, a hard relationship with your parents, an accident, a major loss, or even a medical procedure. You may feel like there is something wrong with you, feel completely overwhelmed and exhausted, feel anxious or depressed, get triggered in relationships easily, or even feel like you have lost your power.
If you are here, I imagine your life feels really hard right now. Your life feels out of balance, you feel overwhelmed and scared. You don’t recognize yourself anymore. You look around and everyone else seems to have it together. You are afraid to share your struggles with friends and family. You feel isolated and alone. You find yourself short tempered and irritable, seeking comfort from activities that only provide temporary numbing.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CADCIII, CGAC II
When I was in the 9th grade, I was one of two students from every class that were selected by their classmates to become Natural Helpers. We received training in the skills of active listening, mediation and problem-solving. Little did I know that this experience would lead me to where I am today, as a counselor and therapist for the last twenty-one years. In my work in residential treatment, outpatient clinics and pain management practice, I have thoroughly loved getting to watch people of the ages 13 to 82 have epiphanies, adopt new perspectives, change unhelpful thought patterns, and begin to love and know themselves again.
I see personal well-being as a natural state that can be hindered by fear-based beliefs and patterns. I will provide a safe and supportive space for you to identify and release blocks to return to a natural state of well-being. Using an integrative and holistic approach, I provide guidance in accessing innate wisdom, strength and courage to meet your goals. I enjoy working with people who live on the fringe, who are being themselves in ways that may challenge social norms. Those who experience anxiety, depression, anger management challenges, or stigmatization often resonate with my approach.
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LMHC, NCC
You've taken the first step to wellness by looking for a therapist. It can be difficult to find just the right match. You're ready to make a change - I can assist you. My desire is to help you understand core issues that are creating challenges in your life, find ways to cope more satisfactorily, make your desired changes, discover new options and make informed choices. I believe that the fit between client and therapist is important in making changes. I enjoy coming alongside people who have decided it's time to live life to the fullest and overcome issues holding them back.
I have over 25 years' experience working with families of children/adolescents with ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety and other issues. I take a practical approach to helping families work towards the goals that are most important to you. I rely on treatments that have been proven to work. My orientation is Cognitive-Behavioral, with an emphasis on social learning, child development, mindfulness, and effective parenting. During the current Covid-19 situation, I offer assessments and treatment online through Google Meet.
We all have the capacity to heal and make deep and lasting change; my practice is dedicated to offering emotional skills with the warmth and acceptance that nurtures change. I have years of experience helping children, adolescents, and families, with a focus on helping individuals of all ages heal from distressing and traumatic circumstances and the depression and anxiety that can follow. I am comfortable in helping with short-term stressors, or long-term personal growth. I believe that every person is strong, capable, and has the innate ability to grow, have loving relationships, and feel free and alive.
Please visit my website www.whitesalmoncounseling.com in order to request a session and to learn more about me. My approach is called "integrative" counseling which is a blend of several different counseling methods and theories. I can do brief solution-oriented counseling or longer term insight-oriented counseling which emphasizes personal growth and transformation. Each client is unique, therefore the therapy should be customized and flexible. With most clients, I focus on their entire lifestyle including physical activity, diet, sleep, work, purpose, and relationships. I'm a big fan of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Hood River 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 Hood River 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 Hood River, or Child Psychologists in Hood River.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Hood River 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 Hood River 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.