Licensed in both Oregon and Washington, Coleen brings over a decade of rich therapy experience to her practice with adult clients. Individuals (age 21+) who wish to pursue greater self-acceptance as they explore their core concerns are especially welcome. And when clients realize they do not need to do this work alone, it can be a great comfort.
Sometimes the concern may be about helping a parent or caregiver adjust to new goals as their children launch into adulthood. Or, the client’s focus might be in wanting to broaden a sense of self; perhaps seeking a safe place to look at cultural or gender roles which may no longer fit who they are. Understanding how traumatic situations may have asked too much from them, clients can transform their idea of who they think they “should be” into a life with more emotional flexibility and joy.
Some of Coleen’s clients have been career professionals, veterans, new mothers; recovering addicts, their partners, families, and others who seek emotional repair. She invites clients who are struggling with loss or grief as well the changes which can occur with aging. Some clients would like support in exploring gender identity and sexual expression, in order to encourage stability as their most authentic self. Each concern is inherently worthy and viable.
Coleen believes in using kind and thoughtful attention with clients and their desire for greater stability. Using tools, such as nonviolent communication (NVC) can help clients communicate with less emotional strain and guilt. Coleen has said, “Few of us are taught how to understand and manage emotions and how to deal with worrisome thoughts, and our job is to help.” She uses evidence-based interventions such as CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Attachment Theory, Neuroscience/ Polyvagal & Body-centered Inquiry, Ego-state therapy, Family Systems therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS) and other experiential action methods such as Gestalt with Role-reversal. She is trained in EMDR and takes her time getting to know a person. She looks forward to meeting you.
She enjoys spending time with friends and family, celebrating the seasons with them here in the great northwest—perhaps on an overnight adventure in the Columbia Gorge or a birthday party barbecue. She is starting to learn how to play the piano, would like to learn sign language (ASL) and stays busy walking Liza, a 5-year-old Terrier mix, who would rather eat treats than walk.
MS, Social Work, The University of Texas (Austin)
BA, Literature, Mills College
Therapist at Newberg Counseling & Wellness (2022 – present)
Psychotherapist in Private Practice: SW Washington & Oregon
Mental Health Therapist: Vista Counseling & Consultation (Portland, Oregon)
Mental Health Therapist: Mid-Columbia Medical Center (MCMC) (The Dalles, Oregon)
Medical Social Worker: Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. (Vancouver, WA)
Mental Health Therapist: Kaiser Foundation Health Plan (Beaverton, OR)
Behaviorist (BHC): Lifeworks NW / Neighborhood Health Center (Beaverton, OR)
Group Facilitator/ Spiritual Care & Family Counselor: The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Alcohol and Drug Inpatient Treatment Center (Newberg, Oregon)
Clinical Treatment Counselor/ Group Facilitator: Addiction & Psychotherapy (Austin, TX)
Group Facilitator and Family Therapist: Austin Recovery (Austin, TX)
Newberg Counseling & Wellness invites clients of all backgrounds, ages, races, sexual orientations, genders, and life circumstances to a transformative experience.
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