Oregon's Therapy Practice in Eugene

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Our Mission, Vision and Values

We use empirically validated therapy 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.

Shine Counseling, LLC abides by the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapist’s guidelines and meets the requirements at every level of authority. All of our practitioners have Oregon State Licensures and work tirelessly to improve their capacity in serving clients. Moreover, we require additional training and specializations to enhance the delivery of quality care.

We integrate technology, security, and safety into our local and digital environments. Therefore, all of our business partners, employees, and even our IT environment must be HIPAA Certified. In other words, we take the privacy and protection of Patient Health Information (PHI) to the most outstanding levels

Polyvagal Therapy

If you are familiar with the “Fight or Flight” response, you already understand a part of Polyvagal Theory! Polyvagal Theory can be used by therapists to help their clients relieve and manage their stress. This treatment method is called “Polyvagal Therapy.” So, what does Polyvagal mean, and how does it work? Let’s break it down together! “Poly” means many, which is why the theory observes three different ways of managing stress. Secondly, “Vagus” is the Latin word for “wandering.” Therefore our vagus nerve is one that “wanders” throughout a large portion of our body. When we work to manage our stress, we focus mainly on this nerve and how it affects our bodies physically and emotionally

We have a cognitive, or mental, approach that addresses the client’s negative thinking patterns. Secondly, we have a behavioral or action-related approach that takes on a client’s specific habits that contribute to their problems. The therapist and the client work together to break bad habits and create new ones to live a healthier life.

Polyvagal Therapists use the science behind the Vagus nerve and how it reacts to stress to create treatment plans for their clients. Anyone experiencing stress or signs of Anxiety, Depression, or any symptom related to stress may achieve relief through Polyvagal Therapy.

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 name is Sarah Catherine, and I am happy to meet you.  I decided to pursue a career in counseling as a way to support others with connecting their own dots, and to identify what is most important and how to cultivate and nourish it.  I think that most of our challenges arise from skills we developed that no longer serve us, and that taking thoughtful time to explore and modify them can facilitate profound healing and growth.

It is crucial that our work be centered in 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 would like 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 folx with gender affirming care, including letters of support.  I see social justice and mental health as 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 obtained my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2018 from Northern Vermont University, and I have been working in mental health and social justice for the last 6 years in Vermont, Los Angeles, and here in Eugene. I also have backgrounds in photojournalism, studio and fine art, and am a published writer. 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 all of my theory and methodologies.

I am formally and comprehensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), art therapy and facilitation, and am designated as a Certified Trauma Professional with intensive training in complex trauma/PTSD.  I have also spent several years doing concentrated work with folks with dual diagnoses of intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and mental health disorders. Based on the treatment plan that we devise together, we will decide how to best support you toward your goals.  I tend to use a lot of psycho-education and skill building in my work, as they are practical and empowering, and I employ postmodern and existential theories and methods that pull from biology, sociology, and psychology.  This allows for a holistic approach that honors each of us as the complex and unique humans we are. Humor, authenticity, and sincerity are also indispensable in what I do.

I am currently a Qualified Mental Health Professional and a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, and 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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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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