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)
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.
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