Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, CADCIII
Life can feel extra rough sometimes, and reaching out for help isn’t aways easy. However, those who are able to ask for professional help are often able to work through their obstacles and find themselves feeling much happier and better able to enjoy life in the long run. I pride myself on creating a safe environment for clients to explore the difficulties they're facing. Being non-judgmental is always a priority to me. If you are brave enough to reach out for help and engage in counseling, I promise to support you, and help guide you through the rough patches. *I am also a culturally competent first responder clinician.
EMDR Therapist. How we feel is central to how we live our lives. Whether you are struggling within a relationship, looking to overcome childhood trauma or navigating stressors in your life, I can help you to identify patterns and empower the change within yourself to alter your path. Give me a call or send me an email to see if we are a good match. Having a strong therapeutic alliance is key to promoting change. I am also a Hispanic identified therapist and have a strong understanding of the cultural influences of Hispanic culture.
" Engaging the heart and mind through a reflective therapeutic process to increase awareness, creativity, and wisdom." A PhD in Psychology and a MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, Dr. Thomas's education and training has provided her with a multidimensional perspective- she understands the web of connection and emotional dynamics that unfold in families, couples, and larger systems. Dr. Thomas's philosophical beliefs stem from the understanding that we are connected, and it is through this awareness that we create meaning from our life experiences and learn the causes and conditions of happiness.
I have a passion for this work and supporting people who have motivation to heal. Some areas that I am drawn to are pregnancy/birth trauma, childhood trauma, co-occurring disorders, depression, and stress related disorders, although I work with a wide range of clients outside of these focus areas. Some areas of focus are working with mothers, or those struggling with infertility, because I understand the isolation and loneliness that come with trauma/loss during this time. I also am an LGBTQIA+ ally and create a safe place to be open and share.
This has been a tough time since March 2020, everything in our life changed and we experienced a universal crisis together. Simultaneously, people report issues or repressed traumas were shaken out and uncovered and demanded tending. Individuals I have seen throughout the crisis report the pandemic has been a blessing as well as a curse having grown tremendously throughout this stress. if you are willing to work on what was below the surface and really understand what is creating the chaos and anxiety in your life-long before the pandemic, I am honored to walk with you and aid you on or towards your path of personal growth.
Live your life more fully while enjoying better health with balance and focus. You can learn to experience relief from worry, fear and unhealthy relationships. I believe that positive growth is possible through awareness and attention to small changes in your thinking and actions. Together we can help promote healing and recovery by addressing your emotional, social, physical and spiritual needs.
Most people who come in to my office wonder why they waited so long to become more healthy. My goal for you is to have a life changing and fulfilling experience and to reach your fullest potential.
The mind, body, and spirit are inseparable. Therefore, there can be physical circumstances underlying mental health disorders, and vice versa. A person may be experiencing unknown food allergies, inadequate nutrition or vitamin deficiency, environmental toxicity or have genetic factors that lead to suboptimal function and disease. I have been very successful working with patients with ADD/ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other mental health disturbances using an integrated naturopathic approach. My treatment plans include diet and lifestyle modifications, nutraceutical and herbal interventions, counseling, physical medicine, and prescriptive medications. My approach is holistic and goes beyond the benefits of talk therapy alone.
Having been a teacher for 24 years gives me a strong foundation for working with individual women and men, especially with parents. Would you like a more peaceful life, a better relationship with your spouse or children? Learn the 2 most important parenting strategies? Someone who really listens and "gets you"? I believe that everyone who walks through my door has the capability to lead a more positive life, regardless of what has negatively affected you. My own personal experience, coupled with my specific training, helps me assist individuals dealing with depression and anxiety, and clients facing conflict and parenting issues.
I specialize with individuals and couples who desire to heal emotional problems associated with lack of trust, intimacy difficulties, ineffective communication, anger, silence and distance, sexual matters/addictions or infidelity. My services help people deal, heal, and grow through the inevitable seasons of change inherent to our lives. My approach is collaborative with the client, helping you reveal who you are, what you seek, supporting you in critical examination of the challenges you face. Together we create goals, develop strategies, and engage in ongoing interaction that moves you toward meaningful paths of change.
Taking the first step to get help is often the most difficult, but it is often a hopeful sign that you are ready for growth and ready for change. Finding a compassionate, experienced psychologist at such a time will have the powerful benefit of moving you in a focused way on your needed areas of growth and discovering new areas of strength. Dr. Blakeslee has helped hundreds of individuals, scores of couples and dozens of families in his 20+ years of practice. The science of psychology has made treatment for depression, anxiety, trauma and dysfunctional relationships more successful.
*Limited openings on a case-by-case situation.* Support is how we do well. We all need someone in our corner with compassion, solidarity, and hope. I can be that for you and your relationship. I support individuals and couples navigating through life's traumas, transitions, and stress. You may be feeling overwhelmed or stuck, but also motivated to work towards a breakthrough. If you've been carrying tension, grief, conflict, or emotional pain, let's start to work things out. Together we'll look at practical strategies to utilize your strengths, change unhealthy patterns, and grow your resiliency.
We all want to be physically and emotionally fit - to experience energy, creativity, inner peace, joy, and positive relationships. At times, life stresses may get in the way resulting in depression, anxiety, and relationship problems. I work with individuals experiencing sadness, grief, low self-esteem, or anxiety. I also help those recovering from abusive relationships. I understand the challenges that come with the loss of loved ones, as well as the difficulties of major life transitions. I enjoy providing therapy for other mental health clinicians.
I want to help you deal with the effects of your emotional pain, often invisible to others. If you are looking to be able to trust yourself and others and to understand the negative repetitive patterns in your life, then therapy can be a possible solution. I believe competency, honesty and compassion are necessary qualities in a therapist; ultimately you need to be able to trust the therapist you choose. Although life can be full of pain, I know we can reduce our suffering. Therapy is a collaborative process and requires we work together to reduce your pain by increasing your personal understanding of the patterns in your life
Are you feeling confused, afraid and alone? Are you not feeling like yourself? Do you wonder if you're in a relationship or marriage with a narcissist? Are you feeling less motivated than you would like? Are you feeling anxious or depressed? Is your marriage lacking intimacy? Are you experiencing insomnia? Is your marriage or relationship struggling? Are you not caring for yourself as you usually do? Are you using more substances than usual? Make your appointment today to get started on understanding and healing in a compassionate and collaborative environment. Psychiatric medications can be prescribed if needed.
Whether you are experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship issues or life transitions, knowing there is someone there who will listen and support you with nonjudgmental understanding and compassion can make those challenges easier to face. My goal as your therapist is to provide a safe, empathetic space for you to express your thoughts and emotions as we work together, exploring your goals and finding new paths to meet the challenges in your life.
Struggling to communicate with your partner? Feeling overwhelmed or anxious? Unsure of how to make changes? I can help. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I know how important good communication and mental health are to one's quality of life. I have a passion for helping clients use their unique strengths to overcome current obstacles, correct unhealthy patterns in their lives, strengthen communication and establish balance. My own personal experience as a mother of two, combined with my professional experience and expertise helps me assist individuals and couples address relational conflict, strengthen communication, and reduce anxiety and depression.
Have you been feeling stressed from seeing your child/teen struggle at school, at home or with friends? Is family disruption causing your child/teen to feel depressed or anxious, losing focus at school, difficulty with time management, or lack of motivation? I work with children, as young as toddler, to young adults to provide a safe space for them or with their families to find solutions to address their needs. I want to help your child/teen regain their confidence and self-esteem. I can help you and your family find a better way to view the past, learn tools to meet current circumstances and feel ready for a spotless future.
Only AM appointments available! Telehealth only! I have a compassion for working with people who are ready to see change in their life. I have a passion for working with therapists and therapists in training. I enjoy working with women and finding boundaries, issues with hormonal imbalances, confidence, and anxiety to help find your best self. I think it is important to find a trusting connection in therapy that combines new challenges with growth and change. Penelope, my therapy dog, is excited to join our virtual sessions on occasion!
Are you living life to the fullest? What do you need to help you thrive?
Sometimes counseling is focused on coping and healing. Sometimes it's more about personal or relational growth and awareness. It is an honor when people come and are able to trust enough to begin the counseling work.
Counseling is such a courageous undertaking. It begins with listening and respect, evolving into a cooperative effort.
I strive to offer my clients a safe place to start and a balanced perspective in the change process. I hope I can help you come to a place of wellbeing.
Most of us grew up learning who we were somehow wasn't quite okay. To cope and survive, we adopted a false self to gain the approval of others and minimize the pain we were in. Healing is the process of recovering the true self, so we can begin to live authentically and thrive. As you become aware of and reclaim the parts of yourself that you have repressed, numbed or disowned, you are able to move toward a deeper sense of self-love, awareness, personal empowerment, ease and integrity--internally, and in your relationships with others.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Lake Oswego 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 Lake Oswego 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 Lake Oswego, or Child Psychologists in Lake Oswego.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Lake Oswego 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 Lake Oswego 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.