Oregon's Therapy Practice in Eugene

Oregon's Therapy Practice in Eugene

Practice Vision and Values

We use empirically validated counseling services to help individuals access their innate ability to heal and improve the quality of their life.

Our vision is to grow an inclusive place that exemplifies the elements of well-being to contribute positively to client’s and practitioners’ lives while advancing the field of psychotherapy and counseling practice.

Edify therapy abides by the regulations and laws set forth by the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists and the Oregon Health Authority. All of our practitioners have been approved by the board to see and serve clients.

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What brought us here ?

We integrate technology, security, and safety into our local and digital environments. In other words, we care and ensure that our clients receive privacy and quality care.

Providing the correct service at the right time has become our life’s duty. Mental health caregivers like Counselors and Therapists give everything they have to improve the lives of their clients and indirectly their social relationships.

Counselor Desiree A. Dalkiran

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Hi! I’m Desiree Dalkiran, and I’m so happy you found our website. I became a counselor because I am passionate about helping others improve their quality of life. Nothing is more rewarding to me than seeing others grow and thrive. I’m guessing you stumbled onto my site because you are aware of how hard life can be. I recognize that taking the chance to connect to someone can be a scary thing. I honor the bravery that it takes even to make this step to reach out to us. Therapy is an opportunity to let go of the stress of connecting and be able to explore yourself.

I believe we all have a unique culture, and understanding my clients’ culture is very important to me. Originally from this area, I know the unique culture that exists here. After moving away from Oregon following high school, I traveled the world extensively, including living in the Netherlands. Counseling is my third career, and I have a multifaceted background working with diverse populations from roofing to management, which impacts my work in this field. From all my travels and contacts with various cultures, I have developed the belief that humans, and everything they consist of, want to mend and heal. Though sometimes, the path to do that is not clear.

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I received my Masters of Counseling from Arizona State University in 2015 and have worked in community mental health since 2016. I am a National Board Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Oregon and Texas. I am an ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider and an EMDR Certified Therapist and also a member of the American Counseling Association. My theoretical approach is from a biopsychosocial model that looked at the intersectionality of the physical body, the mental state, and social relationships to conceptualize the issues.

Additionally, I believe multicultural components and evaluation of the systems that clients are a part of our essential elements to understanding where clients have come from and the direction they would like to go. Some of the modalities used in my practice include EMDR, behavioral modification, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, DBT, CBT, Internal Family Systems, Emotional Freedom Technique, Emotion Focused Therapy, play therapy, and art therapy. In my experience, psycho-education can be an essential piece of allowing clients to feel empowered in their care, and I like to focus on education centering on brain development, brain function, and attachment.

I practice in Oregon as an LPC under license C5705. I am a Board Certified Counselor with the National Board of Certified Counselors, ID #627085. I am required to follow mandated reporting laws in Oregon. At times I may seek consultation and supervision regarding particular situations or as I seek out continuing education. Information regarding the limitations to confidentiality will be provided to clients on an ongoing basis.

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Counselor Sarah Catherine Golden

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My work as a therapist is a way to support others by connecting their dots, identifying what feels most important, and then determining how to cultivate and nourish those values. Most of our challenges arise from skills we developed that have become harmful or that we have simply outgrown, and taking thoughtful time to explore and modify the way we move through life can facilitate profound changes.

It is crucial that our work together be centered on your values, beliefs, background, and culture(s). We cannot fully envision where we would like to go without solidly acknowledging where we come from, and there is no homogenized way to do this. I will always assume that you are the expert on you and will eagerly join you wherever you want to begin. With that said, I recognize my privilege as a white, able-bodied clinician and am committed to anti-racist and anti-oppression education and practice.

I recognize and honor diversity, equity, and inclusion. I am a part of the LGBTQIA+ community and am happy to support trans and gender nonconforming folx with gender-affirming care, including letters of support. Social justice and mental health are inextricable, and my work as a therapist is and will always be rooted in the values of accessibility and equal opportunity.

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I earned my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2018 from Vermont State University, and I have been working in mental health and social justice since 2015 in Vermont, Los Angeles, and here in Eugene. I also have photojournalism, studio, and fine art backgrounds and am a published writer and editor. I have additional degrees in anthropology, sociology, and art and am internationally certified to teach English as a foreign language. I have lived in the US, several countries in Western Europe, and Mexico, and completed portions of my graduate studies in Nicaragua, Ireland, and Russia. As such, pluralism and multiculturalism are built into my theory and methodologies.

I am formally and comprehensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), EMDR, and art therapy and facilitation. I have specialized training in working with people with complex trauma, personality disorders, ADHD, and Autism. I have also spent several years working with individuals with dual diagnoses of intellectual or developmental disabilities and mental health disorders. Based on the treatment plan you and I devise, we will decide how to best support you toward your goals. I use psycho-education and skill building in my work, as they are both practical and empowering, and I tend towards postmodern and existential theories and interventions that pull from biology, sociology, and psychology. This allows for a holistic approach that honors us as complex and unique humans. Humor, authenticity, creativity, and sincerity are indispensable to who I am and how I work.

I am a Licenced Professional Counselor in the state of Oregon (C7242), and I must follow mandated reporting laws as per state regulations. At times I may seek consultation and supervision regarding particular situations or as I seek out continuing education. Information regarding the limitations to confidentiality will be provided to clients on an ongoing basis.

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Counselor Sierra M. Voigt

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When did you last feel so alive that you let yourself slide across the floor in socks, carefree and tune deaf, belting out your favorite song? Maybe it’s been a while, and I bet you miss it. Sometimes the criticisms from others– and ourselves– burn us out. Perhaps you’re searching for something that will help you find your authentic self again. Therapy can help. It’s nothing short of a tragedy when life crushes our playful, imaginative inner child. Still, time and time again, I have seen people revitalize their zest for life through therapy. My people are the ones who were picked on or picked last and are ready to throw themselves wholeheartedly into the healing process to create a life worth LIVING!

Collaborating with my clients as we brave the complex human condition together and celebrating you in your progress is a privilege. I believe in the healing capabilities of each person, and work toward creating a therapeutic relationship that is emotionally safe (which to me, means compassionate and non-judgemental) and clinically informed to help you uncover the unapologetic, authentic you.

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I am passionate about the mindfulness-based practice and internal family systems. I am also trained in comprehensive dialectical behavioral therapy and frequently integrate the following modalities: acceptance and commitment therapy, narrative therapy, and existential therapy. With an integration of complementary approaches, I will tailor a treatment plan relevant to your unique goals. I work with individuals (adolescents and adults) as well as couples and alternative relationship dynamics. Together we will explore creative and alternate ways to manage your distress, cultivate awareness, resolve conflicts, and recover your dignity so that you have more freedom and control in your life.

As you assess whether or not I would be a good fit for you, here’s a bit about me: I am a gender queer, a first-generation student from a working-class family. As anyone who has run into chronic financial struggles knows, tensions can arise when we get locked into survival mode. I found myself intrigued by how brilliantly complex family systems under pressure are and developed an insatiable appetite to understand even more. Several scholarships and a post-graduate degree later, here I am. Through college, I taught group fitness classes, where I learned to integrate mind-body wellness. I have also taught elementary, middle school, high school, and college levels. I have been told that my enthusiasm for teaching stands out in my sessions. If you are ready to learn and invest in yourself, put your socks on and turn up the music!
I’m looking forward to working together.

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Counselor Molly Richards

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Therapy can offer many things: support, coping skills, and (perhaps most importantly) a place to set down your “armor” and rest. Taking this step is a powerful act of self kindness and self advocacy. In therapy we will hold your unique story, needs, and strengths, and together create a path forward. I believe the therapeutic relationship is a place to cultivate trust and to experience acceptance and compassion.

I work with folks who want to develop greater connection to their true selves, and freedom from painful and binding patterns that have impacted their lives. My approach to therapy is trauma-informed, holistic, and integrative. I use modalities including Existential, Person Centered, Somatics, and Internal Family Systems therapies, integrated with evidence based practices including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Emotional Freedom Technique.

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I hold a Master of Counseling specializing in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler University. In addition to clinical applications, I have completed a social justice practicum which emphasized cultural humility and social justice as the foundation of ethical work in counseling. I am currently completing a certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies through the Trauma Research Foundation. Through this, and collaboration with trauma informed yoga practitioners I have come to deeply respect the connection between body and mind, and the importance of working with the body to treat the effects of trauma. I believe that embodiment is a tool of personal healing, social justice and authentic living.

As a “second career” therapist, I bring a wide and curious sensibility to my work with clients. I often find my prior experience allows me to connect with clients at many stages of life. I am delighted that you are taking steps to begin therapy, and I can’t wait to meet you!

I am a Nationally Certified Counselor with the National Board of Certified Counselors. I practice in Oregon as an LPC Associate under license R8700. I am pursuing LPC licensure under the supervision of a licensed practitioner. I am required to follow mandated reporting laws in Oregon. At times I seek supervision or consultation and will provide information regarding the limits to confidentiality on an ongoing basis.

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Counselor Katrina Jones

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Hello! I’m Katrina. I’m so happy you are here! Seeking therapy can be scary, but I believe it will change your life in the best way. I consider working with you an honor and a privilege. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon and a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bushnell University. I want to be in a space with you to witness your change, healing, and growth. 

I believe that as people, we think, feel, behave and try to make meaning in life. If we can work together focusing on these different aspects of the concerns you are having now, I know you will find what you’re looking for from counseling. I use a Person-Centered approach which entails working with you and going to where you want to go in your sessions to begin your experience with counseling. I focus on processing and trusting that process to go deeper into self, life experiences, and developed patterns. I like to use different approaches that I can apply to each unique client.

I am interested in many different modalities of counseling. I have a special interest in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I incorporate Narrative Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Trauma Informed Therapy into sessions. 

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EMDR Therapy is also an area of interest for me. Positive Psychology is one focus of mine. I have experience with couples, families, and a generalized group of people.

Working in Multicultural Counseling, I have learned we all have cultures. Culture makes each of us unique. Respecting cultural differences as a counselor is imperative for me and my understanding of clients. I have experience working with people of color, differing sexual orientations, and disabilities. My client’s ages have ranged from 15-75, and I have developed an understanding of each age culture. The pieces of training I have received, and the continuous education that is awaiting will help me to apply your own specific culture into sessions as you need.

If you ask if I am the best match for you, I want to assure you that I will always be my authentic self so you can bring your authentic self to the session. I work to develop a connection with each of my clients that creates trust so I can make a safe place for you. I feel passionate about bringing compassion, care, and a non-judgmental space that will serve you. I always commit to bringing kindness to our sessions. As an attentive listener, I will have an understanding of you as a person. I will meet you where you are and have unwavering faith in you!

I am currently a Qualified Mental Health Professional and a Registered Associate. I am pursuing licensure under the supervision of a licensed practitioner. I follow the LPC code of ethics and am required to follow mandatory reporting laws in Oregon. At times I may seek supervision or consultation and will provide information regarding the limits to confidentiality on an ongoing basis.

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Frequently Asked Questions

There is no such thing as no communication. For instance, even when we’re silent, we’re communicating something. Perhaps we are not in the mood for a talk that speaks for itself, doesn’t it? On the other hand, when we are in an exploratory mood, we ask questions. As a result, our intellectual capacity increases.

Questions are what makes us thrive, ask, and we will search and find an answer together. 

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Clients feel comfortable talking with their therapists most of the time. Sometimes, though, it might not feel right. It might not be easy, but it is worth speaking directly to your therapist to let them know you are interested in changing therapists. Although we don't get mad or offended when clients wish to change therapists for their reasons, it can be helpful to discuss your concerns with them to find the best way to help you.

Therapists usually meet with clients once a week or every two weeks. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, as each client's needs and goals will be different. Some therapies require sessions every day!

Expect your first experience at the therapist's office to be like a doctor's visit. When you arrive, you will need to sign in, wait in the waiting area, and wait for someone else to call.

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