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Meet Erin

In life we run into challenges that cause us to face the possibility of making a change. The challenge might be dealing with a situation that we never thought we’d find ourselves in, or it might be something that has been with us for a long time that we can no longer ignore. When we really look at those challenges, we come to a place of realizing that it’s time for a change for ourselves and/or for those we care most about. Choosing to face those challenges takes strength and courage. The counseling relationship can offer support, grace, comfort and guidance during these times of change.

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It is my joy to walk alongside you in the process of change. Together we will consider the way you have lived your life story and find new insight into areas of frustration, pain and disappointment. Since none of us live in a vacuum, we will explore your life story in the context of family dynamics, relationships, culture and community. We will work together to find new ways of thinking, believing, and engaging in daily life so that you may begin to make steps toward living the life you most desire.

People choose to enter into counseling for all sorts of reasons. Whatever that reason is for you, as your therapist I will honor and respect the decision you make to entrust me with your life story at whatever level you choose to share it. I will view our relationship as a collaborative one, and we will work together as a team to achieve your therapeutic goals.

My goal is to create a non-judgmental, supportive space that will bring about new strength, perspective and vitality. I use a variety of approaches and tools that I will tailor to your needs and our work together.


Erin’s Sliding Fee Scale

Please note her first session is $100. Sessions after that can be applied to the scale unless otherwise agreed.

      Number of Children   0 1 2+    
    Gross Income            
    $0.00 15,000   45 45 40    
    15,000 25,000   55 50 50    
    26,000 30,000   60 60 60    
    31,000 40,000   65 60 60    
    41,000 50,000   75 70 70    
    51,000 60,000   80 80 75    
    61,000 70,000   85 80 75    
    71,000 80,000   90 80 80    
    81,000 90,000   100 90 85    
These fees assume additional discount of $5 due to cash payment. “Cash” is check or legal U.S. tender. Payment by credit/debit card will NOT be at the above additional discounted rate.

Education and Training:

  • Bachelors of Science in Psychology from George Fox University – 1999
  • Master of Social Work from Portland State University – 2013
  • Certified Social Work Associate – 2014

Areas of Interest and Experience:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship concerns
  • Communication
  • Self-esteem
  • Life transitions
  • Trauma recovery


Narrative Therapy

Narrative Therapy is an approach that involves you and I recognizing together that the challenges and obstacles that you face are just that:  Challenges and obstacles. This allows us to separate problems in your life from you to give us room to explore, or discover, the strengths, skills, beliefs and values that will support you in healing and working through challenges.  

For more information: Narrative Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an approach that I will use to support you in understanding how thoughts, feelings and beliefs affect behavior, and how this may influence how you interact with yourself and others.  

For more information: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy offers both perspective and skills that will support you in being able to manage thoughts, emotions and actions in difficult situations.

For more information: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Ecological Perspective

Ecological Perspective means that I believe we exist and interact with more than just our internal world. We are constantly influenced and impacted by our friends, family, vocational environment, and community/cultural environment.

For more information: Ecological Perspective

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