BASE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Providing high quality individual, group and family counseling.
Learn, grow and transform your mental health and substance use problems.
Base Behavioral Health Counseling is dedicated to provide therapeutic services to people from a variety of racial and ethnic cultures, sexual orientations, life experiences and addressing their mental health and substance use disorders at the same time.
Our team of clinicians are experienced professionals who ensure a high degree of mutuality of respect, collaboration and partnership. We are trained to provide personalized care to meet your goals for any co-occurring disorder through the following evidence based treatment modalities:
Trauma Informed Care
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Our mission is to provide the highest quality co-occurring mental health and substance use counseling for individuals and families that is trauma-informed, strength-based, and which values and respects diversity of life experiences across all our clients.
We believe that we can accomplish our mission through our philosophy that co-occurring disorders are treatable illnesses. Our clinicians understand that physical, mental health and substances use are intertwined, and by offering individualized, superior care, we can improve the quality of life for our clients and serve as a reliable resource for our community. We can help reduce emergency room admissions and improve access to therapy in Oregon by providing therapeutic service to people from a variety of racial and ethnic cultures, sexual orientation, life experiences while concurrently addressing their mental health and substance use disorders.
What would therapy entail?
Base Behavioral Health Counseling operates under the integrated model of treatment. This approach is designed to treat people with co-occurring disorders and that utilizes one treatment team at the same time. Research suggests integrated treatment produces better results than traditional treatment models and eliminating the need to comply with multiple professionals and treatment plans.
Our client will first be scheduled with a therapist for a 1 hour assessment, which will also cover initial treatment planning. This assessment will determine the level of care, and the intensity of therapy, based on medical necessity and diagnosis. Our clients will be offered an opportunity to follow through with therapy recommendations and a chance to schedule out consistent appointments. Treatment planning with the therapist and progress with therapy goals will help determine length and frequency of therapy.
Services are provided for both adult and youth in a trauma-informed model.
Depending on the intensity of therapy that is discussed after the assessment, a client may be attending up to 4 group sessions a week and/or up to 1 individual session a week. Counseling will be offered in-person, phone and video depending on availability and client preference.
Our Path, Our Journey: DBT and Harm reduction for adolescents
Monday and Wednesdays 5-6pm with Sarah Shute and Certified Therapy dog Mocha.
DBT and Co-Occurring for Adults
Fridays 12-1pm with Ashley Bauer.
MEET OUR TEAM
Dedicated to Quality
ASHLEY BAUER LPC, CADCIII, MAC
Philosophy and Approach
I believe therapy can bring awareness to an individual's strengths, challenge them to grow and help them to live a more fulfilled life. I provide a theoretical integration approach with an existential view. My focus is grounding in person-centered counseling and bringing the individual's to their present self. I approach individuals from a holistic view, treating them whole with mind, body and spirituality. I integrate interventions such as Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness practices. I encourage exploring the meaning and value to live a life as their authentic self. It's my focus to invite the individual to explore their self-awareness, thoughts, behaviors, feelings at the pace they are comfortable with, providing a safe place without judgement.
Education and Experience
I received my Bachelors of Arts in Child and Family Studies, specializing in youth services in 2007 from Portland State University. I received my Master's degree in Mental Health specialization in Addictions Counseling at Lewis and Clark College in 2017. Additionally, I am certified in the State of Oregon as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor III (CADCIII). Currently I am a Licensed Professional Counselor LPC with the State of Oregon.
For over 12 years, I have worked with individuals (youth and adults) struggling with mental health and substance use.
KELLY EVERETT LPC, CADCI
Philosophy and Approach
I believe that each individual should feel comfortable within themselves and have the resources to change if something in their life is not being met emotionally, mentally, or physically. My priority within this context is to ensure and create a safe space for individuals to explore their emotions and process their thoughts. While being initially drawn to Existentialism therapy, I utilize an integrative model to best meet client’s needs. Trauma informed care, motivational interviewing, expressive art therapies, strength-based, person-centered approaches and CBT techniques are what I utilize most frequently in the therapeutic setting. I have been working in the mental health and addictions field for 10 years which includes various settings such as psychiatric hospitals, dual-diagnosis units, residential treatment, and outpatient treatment. I specialize in both group therapy and individual therapy.
Education and Experience
In the state of Oregon, I hold my LPC (licensed professional counselor), CADC-I (certified alcohol and drug counselor) and NCC (national certified counselor).
SARAH SHUTE CSWA, CADCR
Philosophy and Approach
I believe that therapy involves combining multiple systems and environments to create who we are today. I see the people I work with through a trauma-informed lens and take their person-in-environment perspective to strengthen and encourage their personal growth. I aim to provide a safe space with individualized approaches to tailor to client needs. I center a lot of my work using evidence-based interventions such as Motivational Interviewing (MI), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Systems Theory. I hope to bring my authentic self into sessions as well as allow others to explore their authentic and powerful sense of being by drawing connections through emotions, behaviors, thoughts, and actions.
Education and Experience
I received my Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Oregon in 2020. I earned my Master's in Social Work from Pacific University in 2022 with an emphasis on Generalist Practice. I am also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Registrant (CADC-R) and a Clinical Social Work Associate (CSWA) in the State of Oregon. My experience includes working in secure adolescent in-patient settings in crisis intervention and suicide prevention, as well as with community members from low-income backgrounds and other outpatient settings. I have a background working with all ages and specialize in working with youth, adolescents, and young adults with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders in individual, family, and group counseling settings.
Mocha is a Certified Therapy Dog through Pet Partners, and is my mighty mini Shetland Sheepdog. She often joins in on in-person sessions to provide a level of openness and rapport building with clients.
When working with people who are struggling with mental health or substance use, I use empathy, compassion and personal experience to support them. My passion for helping people and having my own journey with recovery and mental health, has motivated me to work in this field. I am currently training for my CADCI and I will specialize in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) . I am committed to be inspirational to others and help those who are interested in services for their mental health and substance use.
COME WORK WITH US
Join the Team
Hiring Licensed and Unlicensed Mental Health and Addictions Therapists.
Base Behavioral Health’s purpose is to provide the highest quality co-occurring mental health and substance use counseling for individuals and families in the Greater- Portland area. Sharing this passion and obtaining the skills to serve this population is limited in the community so we are excited to have you apart of the team and that you are also committed to helping us achieve this vision.
Competitive Percentage Base Salary
Full-time and Part-time options
Flexibility with work schedule to balance work/home life
Weekly 24 sessions a week
Opportunities to do group therapy
Opportunities for 401(k) and Health Benefits
Training & Development Stipend
Weekly consultation and supervision offered
Fun and relaxed environment
Full scale billing, scheduling team
Duties and Responsibilities as a Counselor Include:
Working with clients in person and/or virtually, diagnosing their mental health and/or substance use disorders and building treatment plans and coping strategies for the client to follow.
Perform initial evaluations of client needs and develop customized treatment plans.
Educate staff and clients on stress and trauma coping mechanisms.
Provide individuals with the resources they need to reach personal goals.
Monitor client progress and modify their treatment plans as needed.
Coordinate with social and medical agencies, healthcare providers and community outreach programs to provide clients with needed services.
Complete continuing education courses State licensure (LPC, LSW, LCSW, LCPC) certification and stay up to date on the latest practices.
2 Years counseling, social work, or other related fields of mental health and addiction therapy
Previous experience working with children and adolescents, families and/or couples.
Mental Health License in Oregon (preferred)
Skills and Abilities:
Experience in conflict resolution
Compassionate and caring demeanor
Ability to build rapport with clients
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Genuinely care about people and be able to connect with them
Evening and weekend availability
Possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Ability to multi-task, prioritize and be dependable
Able to work independently
LPC, LCPC, LSW, or LCSW (Preferred)
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