I accept Pacific Source or Anthem or BlueCross/BlueShield/Regence insurance or self-pay (cash or check) only. We can work online or in my Eugene office. Individual and family therapy with Kris entails caring talk therapy, Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused techniques which can all include the use of biofeedback computers to reduce anxiety and work toward solving problems.
How can therapy help you?
Let’s join forces to help you help yourself with your concerns!
RELATIONSHIPS Why did I do that? What was I thinking? How can we be happier? We begin with the relationship with yourself. Do you like yourself? What is your opinion of yourself? Emotions are powerful and have a life of their own separate from the mind. Emotions release hormones which affect the body. Emotions can cause us to do things we regret! Let’s get a healthier part of you back in the driver’s seat while still respecting the emotional self. Learn about positive thinking, use imagery and visualization, notice patterns and become aware of the various aspects of the Self. We have a nurturing parent inside, a critical parent, a child, an adult, and other aspects with which to dialogue. The use of biofeedback can help strengthen the relationship with your brain. After you tend the relationship with yourself you can improve the relationship with others.
TRAUMA Have you been physically, emotionally, psychologically, sexually or verbally abused? Not know where to start? Let’s meet and talk about what happened and how to get on with your life. I understand that it may be hard to face, but the other person(s) is only getting to stay in control unless you move on.
MENTAL ILLNESS It is not your fault if you have bipolar disorder, depression, or any other mental problem. Everyone is individual. You battle with your situation the best you can. Let me help you and we will work with the strong part of yourself to control the part of you that needs help. Learn self-control skills, anger management, and other techniques to help you be happier.
CHRONIC PAIN or ILLNESS If something has happened that has left you in constant pain or grave illness, we need to take care of several things. First we need to mourn the loss of the life you had and could have had. Then we process the anger, sadness and fears. Together we will build the best life we can. Research shows that 25%- 60% of physical pain can be modulated by the mind. Learn self-relaxation and mind control techniques to control stress.
CHILDREN and TEENS/ PARENTING Worried about your child? Feel guilty for messing up? Help is available. I taught public school and was the director of a pre-school and taught parenting courses for 14 years. Come start at the beginning with me and we will put the pieces of the puzzle back together again. We do need to start with you the parent, then we overflow to influencing your child. One family member affects the other members like a pebble being dropped into a pond. There is a ripple which touches all. Each member of the family unit plays a role and we can strengthen your family and get closer with each other.
HIGHLY SENSITIVE PEOPLE/FAMILIES WITH A MEMBER WITH A SPECIAL NEED SUCH AS THE SPECTRUM/FAITH-BASED COUNSELING I understand many special situations! I guess the best way to describe this is that I’m pretty old and I have a lot of experience. I care about you and strive to get into your point of view toward life. I strive to keep my opinions and biases out of YOUR therapy session. Therapy is not to advise, it is to help you become more powerful over your life.
Stop wasting energy in GAMES. Let’s get the kind, strong part of you in your driver’s seat and enjoy life to the fullest!
About me and therapy with me … A friend once described herself as “old as dirt” and it stuck in my memory as a humorous way of listing background references. I don’t claim to have wisdom but I do believe that life experience is a good teacher.
I am a credentialed public school teacher with Life Credential valid to serve kindergarten to adults. I am a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Counselor in Oregon. I taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Counseling, Psychology and Human Services for five years in California. I provided group and individual therapy for victims at the work place under worker’s compensation. I have been in private practice since 2000. I moved to Eugene in Oct. 2013.
As I reach out to you who are seeking greater personal stability or growth, I offer not only my studies, but my integrated life experiences I have gathered and want to give to you. Not that I have answers, but I am strong and I will walk strongly with you as we explore your path. I will support you when the path is rocky and I will caringly push you when you feel like stopping. If you feel lost, I will guide you to discovering your own way. Then you will celebrate because YOU did it!
Emotional traumas are not “just in your head”. You can’t just “get over it” until the issues are understood, mourned, confronted, chewed up and spit out.
Emotions are powerful and have a life of their own separate from the mind. Emotions release hormones which affect the body. I am here to offer you a symbolic shoulder to cry on, intelligent reflection of the issues, and guided processing to assist your mind in getting back in the driver’s seat while still respecting the emotional self.
We might reframe how you see the situation, use solutions-focused methods, use the biofeedback computers to train the brain, learn communication skills, do Spiritual connection work, cry and talk, talk, talk it out. Let’s get a better Life! Learn about brain function and positive thinking, use imagery and visualization, notice patterns and symbolic events and become aware of the various aspects of the Self. We have a nurturing parent inside, a critical parent, a child, an adult, and other aspects with which to dialogue. Let’s get someone constructive in charge and enjoy life to the fullest!
As a healer and minister I have treated many health conditions and terminal illnesses with Hands-on-Energy-Balancing Healing. I worked in hospitals, healing centers and presided over many marriages and funerals. I provided CEUs to nurses and taught in two training centers for the Healing Arts. Energy exists; use it well!
I treat problems with children through you, their adult. It takes two to tango. I will assist you in changing the games the two of you are engaged in. I have been working with children for 45 years through infant-toddler centers, preschools, day cares, university and public schools.
As a foster care social worker, I worked with children in foster homes and provided trainings to foster parents for 14 years. As a Marriage and Family Therapist since 1997, I have experience providing psychotherapy to individuals, families and children. I was approved by L.A. Dept. of Probation and provided therapy to teens on probation. I was a Medi-Cal provider treating children with serioius and terminal medical conditions for California Children’s Services.
For patients receiving treatment with medications for conditions such as anxiety disorders, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder and OCD, I provide the supportive therapy to work on resolving the problems which are being treated. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a serious disorder or if you think that you or a loved one may need help for a serious condition, I will work with your psychiatrist to provide mental health services to compliment the medical services.
I have also provided therapy to children who have been victims of crimes and to adults who have been victimized. I was deemed an “expert witness” in the Dependency Court of Los Angeles because of my experience treating victims of crime. If you or someone you know are a victim of a crime, I will offer you gentle but firm help to assist you in healing from the multi-faceted traumas.
I come from a background of teaching people from birth to adult, having received a MA in Human Development with a specialization in parent-community work, teaching credential, and second MA in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from Pacific Oaks College.
In California, in addition to monthly continuing education courses to professionals through Gerry Grossman Seminars, I was on-ground faculty at the University of Phoenix in the Counseling, Human Services and Psychology programs.
Licensed since 1997, my various clinical settings have included county clinics, foster care, workers compensation office, and mental health insurance panels. I volunteered as the Clinical Director, L.A. Chapter, A Home Within and as a Director on the Board of Directors, Ca. Division of AAMFT.
I use a Humanistic therapeutic style in my private practice in Eugene. In my leisure I time enjoy hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities.
My purpose in life is to enjoy and teach others to enjoy!
During these uncertain times where going to an office doesn't always work, thiscwasva great alternative.
I am able to receive consistent support and guidance from home.
Kris helped me get through some very hard times after a major change in my life. She guided me through a very rough patch of anger and pain.
The typical process after deciding that we are a good fit for each other is that I email you the intake paperwork, we make an appointment and arrange payment and then we start therapy! It can all happen within a few hours..But I only accept Pacific Source insurance or self-pay.
Licensed as a Marriage, Family and Child Therapist (but most clients are individuals) since 1997. Second Master's Degree in Human Development with a specialization in Parent-Community Work. Taught every age from Infant-toddler center, to 5 years teaching in graduate school.
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