As a trusted Portland-based therapist and counselor, Sheila Walty has more than 25 years experience counseling individuals and couples. Sheila specializes in trauma recovery including abuse, accidents, war and other traumas. Sheila’s experiential counseling style incorporates multiple techniques to address the needs of her clients. Sheila’s therapy focuses on mind, body and spirit balance as she holistically evaluates and treats clients.
Create Change’s Mary Cross provides couple and family counseling in the areas of grief and loss, depression and anxiety. She has 14 years of experience specializing in working with adults and elders in caregiving and health planning. She is familiar with multicultural and multigenerational work. Mary also provides professional mediation counseling to those who are in need of assistance with conflict resolution.
Milar Moore, PMHNP, provides medication management in addition to psychotherapy with adults and seniors. She has been treating clients for over 9 years in the areas of dementia, mood disorders, PTSD, ADHD, sexual issues and anxiety. She especially enjoys working with geriatric populations, those in life transition or relationship struggles. Milar also works with adults coping with disease or death and dying issues.
Joan Ayala, CSWA, CADC III provides dual diagnosis, drug and alcohol addiction services and recovery options to our work with clients. We are excited to have one of the few level III drug and alcohol counselers in Oregon joining Create Change. Joan will also be bringing group therapy to our practice in the areas of Skills for Living using DBT concepts. Later groups will include Stages of Change as well as Healthy Relationships.
EMDR Is a powerful psychotherapy technique that has been very successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post traumatic stress and many other emotional problems. EMDR is a simple, noninvasive patient-therapist collaboration in which healing can take place quickly and effectively.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the role of thought with respect to how we feel, and how we act. CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts dictate our feelings and behaviors, as opposed to external things, like people, situations, and events. The goal of therapy is to help clients transform their reactions through new ways of thinking.
Hakomi is a body-centered, somatic psychotherapy. Hakomi helps people change “core material.” Core material is composed of memories, images, beliefs, patterns and deeply held emotional dispositions. It shapes the styles, habits, behaviors, perceptions and attitudes that define us as individuals.
EFT is accomplished by the tapping on acupressure points on the body in order to release emotions attached to negative life situations. Current situations are acknowledged while instilling positive thoughts and emotions about the future. EFT calms negative emotions and allows clients to move forward in life.
The subconscious mind controls 95% of most behaviors. People keep suffering because they hold beliefs that are contrary to their goals. This technique replaces the limiting beliefs with positive self-empowering beliefs that then become self fulfilling prophecies.``
"The act of revealing oneself fully to another and still being accepted may be the major vehicle of therapeutic help."
"People start to heal the moment they feel heard."
"Child abuse casts a shadow the length of a lifetime."
"Shame needs three things to grow exponentially in our lives: secrecy, silence and judgment."
"Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we'll ever do."
"We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known."
"We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are."
"Sometimes what you're most afraid of doing is the very thing that will set you free."
"DID is about SURVIVAL! As more people begin to appreciate this concept, individuals with DID will start to feel less as though they have to hide in shame."
"Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us."