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:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
There is an alarming 50% to 75% of all people receiving treatment for substance use also have a diagnosable mental health disorder (McGovern, 2008). In addition, it is estimated that 20% of 50% of people who are treated with a mental health diagnosis also have or have had a substance use disorder at some point in their life (Mueser & Gingerich, 20-3; SAMHSA, 2015).
Defining Co-Occurring Disorder (COD): The simultaneous existence of “one or more disorder is relating to the use of alcohol/or other drugs of abuse as well as one or more mental [health] disorders” (CSAT, 2013, p. Xvii).
Why is it hard to get therapy for a Co-Occurring Disorder?
People who have mental health and substance use disorder can experience significant stigmatization and discrimination from society which can prevent people from seeking treatment. The lack of education about co-occurring disorders can also solicit stereotyping.
Some professionals are not comfortable treating co-occurring disorders.
There is an increase in hospitalization for individuals who have two or more co-occurring disorders and are referred to programs that are not prepared to treat them.
Individuals may be treated for one disorder without consideration of another diagnosis, bounced back and forth from mental heath to addiction professionals if symptoms of one disorder becomes primary.
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 (McKee, 2017) and eliminating the need to comply with multiple professionals and treatment plans.
*We offer a variety of therapeutic approaches such as individual counseling, group therapy and family interventions.
*Goals in treatment is client driven and therapist supported.
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 by 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.
BASE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH COUNSELING
Please feel free to email or call if you have any questions about services, would like to book a phone consultation or schedule an appointment.
*Appointments Available Saturdays ONLY starting March 2020.
1235 SE Division St, Suite 103 Portland, OR 97202
5010 SE Foster RD
PO BOX 86101
Portland, OR 97286
Multnomah County Crisis line: 503-988-4888
Clackamas County Crisis line: 503-291-9111
Washington County Crisis line: 503-655-8401
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call 1-800-273-8255 or text START to 741741
Free 15 minute phone consultation to see if Base Behavioral Health Counseling is right for you.
Initial 90 minute Assessment: $100
50 minute individual session: $80
90 minute group therapy: $50
50 minute family session: $90
*Appointments Available Saturdays ONLY
*Cancellations within 48 hours or No Shows will be changed a $50.
We can not bill insurance companies for these services.
Benefits for not using your insurance:
* Insurance companies limit the number of sessions.
* Many "in-network" therapists are full.
* Your insurance may have high deductibles.
* Insures privacy for individuals who are getting insurance through work, family or significant others.
Ask about payment options.
You are not alone!
Group options coming soon.
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. (2013). Substance abuse treatment for persons with co-occurring disorders. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, N.42. (DHHS Publication No. (SMA) 13-3992). Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration.
McGovern, M., (2008). Co-Occurring Disorders Program, Integrated Services Substance Use and Mental Health Problems: Clinical Administrator's Guidebook. Center City, MN: Hazelden Foundation.
Mueser, K.T. and Gingerich, S. (2013). Treatment of co-occurring psychotic and substance use disorders. Journal of Social Work and Public Health, 28, 424-439. doi:10.1080/193719182013.774676
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015). Behavioral health trends in the United States: Results from 2014 National survey on Drug Use and Health. DHHS Publication No. SMA 15-4927, NSDUH Series H-50. Rockville, MD: Author. Retrieved from:
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