About Kate

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I have always found that helping others is my passion. Before becoming a counselor, I worked for many years as a research coordinator with patients and their families fighting end-stage cancer.

 

That experience showed me the amazing resilience and strength that people have within. It propelled me to help others harness this inner strength and change their lives for the better. 

Kate's Methods

I use a blend of various techniques, depending on the individual needs of the client. Some of the techniques I use most include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - examining how your thoughts are impacting your emotions and behaviors. 

  • Solution-focused Therapy - enhancing your strengths and habits that are working well in your life.

  • Motivational Interviewing - exploring and resolving ambivalence to help you make behavior changes.

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy - a highly effective and extensively researched treatment for relieving psychological stress. 

  • Supervision - I provide individual supervision for interns who have graduated with a Master's degree and are pursuing licensure with the Oregon Board as an LPC or LMFT. I am an Approved Supervisor on the list with the OBLPCT. 

Kate's Credentials/Training
  • Masters degree (MA) in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oregon

  • EMDR Trained - Level I and II 

 
Getting to know Kate

I relocated to Oregon after spending most of my life in Colorado. In my spare time, I enjoy playing with my young son and daughter, visiting tasty restaurants, watching documentaries, reading historical fiction, singing, having living room dance parties, and traveling to Europe, tropical beaches, or pretty much anywhere.

About Ashlie

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I have always loved hearing people’s stories and helping them identify the strengths they have developed through their experiences. Before joining Empower Therapy, I spent my time as a therapist working in community and school-based mental health, where I had the privilege of working with individuals and families from many walks of life. A great deal of my experience has been focused on addressing individual and intergenerational trauma. I believe that people can process these challenging experiences and become the writer of their own story, healing and thriving on their own terms. 

Ashlie's Methods

Some of the techniques I use most include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - examining how your thoughts are impacting your emotions and behaviors. 

  • Solution-focused Therapy - enhancing your strengths and habits that are working well in your life.

  • Motivational Interviewing - exploring and resolving ambivalence to help you make behavior changes.

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - Examines thoughts related to traumatic events

Ashlie's Credentials/Training
  • Masters degree (MS) in Counseling from Western Oregon University

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oregon

Getting to know Ashlie

I am a born and raised Oregonian. I enjoy camping, hiking, and going to the coast (even in the rain). I love spending time with my son, my husband, our two cats, and our hamster. I do a lot of crafts like needle felting, painting, and making cool things out of clay. 

About Michelle

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I come from a unique background working in both community and school counseling for over 10 years. While I am open to supporting clients of all ages and concerns, I have a special interest in working with teens and adults who have experienced trauma. I believe everyone has resiliency and potential to overcome difficult experiences. I have received certification as an Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner through the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children. I am also a Certified Trainer for Starr Commonwealth, to educate others on how to support others to move from victim to survivor.

I am currently a PhD student at Oregon State University. I am working towards a Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision. I have interest in researching counselor identity and development in becoming a trauma specialist.

Michelle's Methods

Some of the techniques I use most include:

  • Structured Sensory Interventions: Experiential activities using brain science to support healing from trauma.

  • Existential: Finding meaning in your lived experiences to support positive coping.

  • Child-Centered Play Therapy: Explores how a child is perceiving the world through the language of play. (Ages 3+)

  • Solution Focused Therapy: Strength focused approach to support reaching your goals.

Michelle's Credentials/Training
  • Master’s degree (M. Coun) in School Counseling from Idaho State University

  • PhD Student in Counselor Education and Supervision at Oregon State University

  • Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner, Starr Commonwealth

  • QMHP 

  • Professional Counselor Associate

  • Supervised by Kate Aronoff, LPC #C4262 

Getting to know Michelle

In my spare time, I love spending time with my three children, my husband, and our pets. We have a dog, a cat, a frog named Arlo, and a bearded dragon. We love to hike in nature, surf, and travel, experiencing new cultures, food, and places. I also really love to read!