Shirley is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Oregon. She has been counseling individuals and couples since 1995, after receiving her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College. Shirley is a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors and is trained in divorce mediation. Shirley also manages the premarriage program and supervises student interns earning their Master’s Degrees in Counseling.
While Shirley’s main approach is cognitive/behavioral, she employs an eclectic mix of other therapies in order to achieve the goals clients have for improving their lives. “I believe my clients have the resources and skills for living the life they want. But sometimes the ‘how to’ around using one’s resources and skills gets confusing. As a result, it’s important to partner with my clients and empower them to add to their life-skills toolbox by broadening problem solving skills and experiencing success in resolving what’s not working in their lives.”
Areas of specialized training and expertise include: relationship and couple issues, divorce mediation, women’s issues, and the challenge involved in facing depression, anxiety, life transitions and loss.