Oregon's Therapy Practice in Eugene

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Mental Health Counselor Sarah Catherine Golden is a fine therapist and working at Shine Counseling LLC
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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

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Client and Clinician Testimonials

Psychotherapist 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.

Psychotherapist Sarah Catherine Golden

Mental Health Counselor Sarah Catherine Golden is a fine therapist and working at Shine Counseling LLC

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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