Today marks 2 years since my private practice opened. I’ve taken time over the last month to reflect on this powerful journey. It has been such an honor and privilege to work with so many individuals and families who have walked in the door and opened their hearts and minds. Tough questions have been asked, painful circumstances have been shared, accomplishments celebrated, and I’ve watched as my clients have courageously challenged themselves to keep growing and healing. I feel very fortunate and deep gratitude for everyone I have had the opportunity to work with.
I would also like to acknowledge some of those people who have made this endeavor possible. Thank you Michelle Brown, LPC for sharing your office space and creating a warm, welcoming, and safe environment; I so appreciate your assistance and support. Thank you to my supervisors at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Riverbend for listening, guiding, and supporting me as I continue to works towards my LCSW; this also includes my stellar colleagues there! There are so many individuals who have cheered me on including numerous friends and family both near and far. A special thank you to my professors and classmates at the University of Southern California as well as Chatham University. Last but not least I thank Jeremy for supporting my dreams with unquestionable belief that I can accomplish what I set out to do.
My Very Best,
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~Melody Beattie
We have lots of news this month as I try out some new things that I hope benefit my clients, future clients, and others looking for support.
I’ve just started a YouTube channel! After success with some of my Skype clients, I realized the potential for reaching many more people with short videos on wellness topics. My first video covers job loss, where I address how it can affect people, how people often cope with it, as well as some tips that I have found to be helpful in order to help people cope with this transition. The second video covers self-esteem and self-doubt, a blog topic I covered in November; however, in this video I’ve added some new content I hope you’ll find helpful. Please consider subscribing, commenting, or providing feedback (ie. topics you’d like covered) regarding any of these videos.
This month I held an open house at my office July 20th to show folks my office as well as introduce doTERRA essential oils. As a wellness advocate for doTERRA folks can purchase through me. Essential oils have been used throughout history for multiple purposes. Egyptians used aromatic essential oils extensively in medical practice, beauty treatment, food preparation, and in religious ceremony. Greeks used essential oils in their practices of therapeutic massage and aromatherapy, and Romans used aromatic oils to promote health and personal hygiene. Influenced by the Greeks, Romans, Chinese, and Indian Ayurvedic use of aromatic herbs, the Persians began to refine distillation methods for extracting essential oils from aromatic plants. Modern use of essential oils has continued to grow as health scientists and medical practitioners continue to research and validate the numerous health and wellness benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oil. Let me know if you have further questions about doTERRA essential oils, or if you would be interested in sampling any in particular.
For this month, I first cover assertiveness — using the example of someone you find difficult to work with and how you might approach this rather than holding it in.
Looking forward to sharing more with you! Hope your summer is going well.
I am very excited to start my own counseling private practice in Eugene, Oregon. My new office is located on Country Club Road, just past First American Title Company, and I’m sharing office space with colleague Michelle Hogan. Right now I am accepting new clients, with a focus on teens, grief and loss, and those with mental illness. I can work with individuals, couples, and families both short and long term. Additionally, I am offering counseling services via Skype for clients who live outside of Lane County.
My previous experience includes working for a summer school and employment program for low-income teens, a shelter for families who are homeless and adults with severe and persistent mental illness, a non-profit publishing company whose focus was on adolescent development, and working with families through a hospice agency. My school-required field work included working at a group home for teen girls with mental illness, at a center which provides case management, counseling, classes, and support for low-income adults with mental illness and addiction recovery. I currently work at PeaceHealth Hospital as a medical social worker.
I am working on completing my license, meeting weekly with a supervisor individually and also in a group. Until I complete my license, I am unable to bill insurance. However, to make my services affordable I am offering a sliding scale fee.
As I was driving home from a thunderous, lightening, and rain filled Oregon day this week, mentally preparing to meet my first client in my new private practice office I realized a dream of mine had come true. I couldn’t believe that thought had almost passed me by without acknowledgement. On my way home from the office today I realized two dreams of mine have come through already this year, with my masters completed in May.
New office sign.
I got my new office sign up this week next to my officemate. Figured I’d best get some photos up of the place, a gorgeous and sunny day.
Will have photos of new private practice office later this week. Hoping to get my first clients set up as soon as possible! My profile is on Psychology Today. I will also be offering counseling via Skype for people who live outside of Lane County Oregon. I’m excited about this new endeavor and hope you’ll consider referring someone for support. Using a holistic strength based approach, I hope to support individuals, couples and families as they transition through major life changes from chronic illness, mental illness, death, trauma, divorce, or other challenges.