Narrative 

Narrative therapy is founded on the belief that our identities are shaped by the personal accounts of our lives, found in the stories we tell. In narrative therapy, the conversations between client and therapist are respectful, non-judgmental and interactive. A narrative therapist will help the client to act as an investigator, asking probing questions to help the client explore and assess their relationship to a problem and identify opportunities for positive change.

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Michaela Christopher (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

M.A. Marriage, Couple, & Family Therapy

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Wellness PNW Counseling (she/they)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

T1789 OR

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Ray Nelson (He/Him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, NCC

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Emily Chavez-Nguyen (She/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

NCC, Professional Counselor Associate (OR), LMHC (WA)

We all tell stories about and to ourselves, they can both lift up and tear down. Often times, we are not even aware of the stories we are clinging too. It's important to explore these stories. and we may even need to rewrite a few in order to heal.

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Quinn Rivenburgh (they/them)

Art Therapist

MAAT, ATR-BC, LAT, LPCC

Narrative Therapy is a respectful, shame-reducing approach that considers you as the expert in your own life. It's my job to share tools to help you make sense of it. We will work collaboratively to determine your goals, mapping out the 'road' of therapy together, and working alongside one another to strategize any 'roadblocks' that are in your way. ▵ In the words of Victor Frankl, "an abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior." You're not broken--you've survived so much.

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Robin Carlisle (She/her)

Professional Counselor

To make meaning is human. Like monkeys are the funny ones and birds are the flyers, we are the storyteller. The stories you tell about yourself and others, about the world around you, create the narrative of your life. So what then if some aspect of your life is not working? You tell a different story. I will help you. And whats better? You will come to believe it!

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Amanda Holden, LPC, CADC-I (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

I firmly believe that although you may need support or guidance to reach your therapeutic goals, you are the expert on your own life and you are not your problems. Since my extensive research into Narrative Therapy during my graduate studies, I have utilized this form of psychotherapy to help clients re-author their own lives.

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Lisa Gascho (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

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Mitch Bacon, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

I value and honor the story each person has to tell. When individuals, families, and communities collaborate to begin writing the story they want to exist in, changes occur. Through narrative therapy, I assist clients in exploring how problems get stuck in the language we use to communicate to ourselves and others, while helping you to start telling a story that serves as a catalyst for change.

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Emily Wheeler (She/her)

Hypnotherapist

The stories you tell yourself, make up for the existence of who you believe yourself to be. These stories are altered & changed over time naturally, but when we intentionally change outdated labels, true magic begins to appear. You do not have to hold onto what you have always known, or who you have been told you are. You get to choose your own narrative, your own story.

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Kelle DeBruin (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT, Supervisor

Society offers us a narrative of how life 'should be' or 'is supposed to be' according to the details of who we are and the life experiences that we have had along the way. Narrative Therapy approaches those spoken and unspoken stories of who we are supposed to be and allows for further understanding of the narrative and how we desire to construct our narrative moving forward.

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Art Chaklader (He/Him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, NCC

Everyone has a story. Whether you think about your life story, or have not in awhile, it has had huge impact on who you are today. This is why when we feel lost in life, it can be so grounding to reconnect with your life story. This is exactly my aim. We start from the beginning, and tie your narrative to what is happening today. This gives you back your story, and helps you continue it on.

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Krystal Marcinkiewicz

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC

As clients are the author of their own life, I enjoy utilizing narrative therapy as a way to assist in creating change in thought patterns and separating self from the problem(s). Re-writing the negativity in your story can reflect your strengths and capabilities.

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Caroline Vetter (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

Oregon license #3481 & California license #32615

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Tamara Webb

Licensed Professional Counselor

Little holds us back more than the power of an afflictive story about ourselves in the world -- and nothing empowers us quite so much as a good one. As a writer and former journalist, I am highly tuned into the nuances of story, can easily spot the terrible ones and know how to help clients craft more positive stories to create change in their lives.

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Natasha Laumei, MA, LPC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

Narrative therapy examines the ways we are influenced by the stories we tell about our selves and our lives. When we explore these narratives and our ability to retell our stories in new ways we realize a powerful opportunity for healing. I have found narrative therapy to be an incredibly effective therapeutic tool -- fun, creative, and transformative.

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Jeff Guenther (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

Narrative therapy is my favorite therapeutic orientation. It’s the treatment that I study the most and find very compelling. I often observe the most improvement in clients when I use this type of counseling. Introducing new ways of thinking and believing can be a tricky thing but with the training and passion I have for it I often times see success.

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Tori Morrison (she/they)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

M.A., Marriage & Family Therapist Associate

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Donna Prinzmetal (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

As a writer and a therapist, I am interested in stories. We live our lives based on our histories and the stories we have lived as well as the ones we tell ourselves. I sometimes use writing therapy to access and understand the narratives that have informed my clients' lives. If you know and understand your story, you have choices and it is easier to shape a new one.

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Caitlin "Caity" Lynch (She/They)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MS, NCC

All of our lives are full of stories we live, stories we tell ourselves, and stories we take in from the families, cultures, and larger political and social systems we inhabit. A narrative approach helps you to make seen the unseen, to examine power dynamics in relationships, to honor historical experiences and bring a new lens to heal, bring hope, and create a new story for your future.

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Dan Harold LCSW (He/Him)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Narrative work, is a worldview. I believe all humans are entitled to their own reality and culture. I believe we all benefit from a safe way to tell our own personal stories. My narrative work allows for a certain type of conversation that you may not have had before. Your story and your reality are the most important part of our work together. I am a guide assisting you in navigating your story. We will explore together and find new pathways for your life and your story.

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Taylor Kravitz (She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

MA, LMFT

We all have stories about ourselves, our relationships, and our sexuality. Sometimes these stories keep you stuck in anxiety, shame, guilt and disconnection. Using Narrative Therapy, I help you get to know these stories you have and begin to identify what you really believe and value. Narrative Therapy also involves looking at how your family, past partners, and societal messaging may impact these stories that hold you back.

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Kristin Schuchman (she/her)

Professional Counselor

MSW, CSWA

Narrative theory involves taking a close look at the stories we tell ourselves and seeing what we can do to tell a more constructive story. For instance, a woman who has experienced bullying or abuse in a work setting can over time reflect on the experience as an episode in resilience as she considers the solid work she was able to complete despite a toxic culture. Lars and the Real Girl is my favorite example of a movie that portrays narrative theory at its best.

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Laura La Rosa (She/Her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

MA, MSW, LCSW

I have completed specialized training and practice in narrative based interventions. I empower my clients to explore their personal narrative, dis-empowering old story lines that no longer serve them ultimately encouraging them to craft a new narrative that embodies who they truly are. You are the navigator of your life and together will will identify a sustainable path to well being.

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Kelley O'Gorman (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MFT LPC

I am a believer in hearing yourself tell your story. Many times it has been in our mind for so long, that hearing it out loud it pretty powerful. Sometimes even funny to realize what you've been telling yourself. I am curious about your internal dialog. Is it happy & healthy? What we think becomes how we act & resond.

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Hannah Green (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC

Narrative therapy sees the power of the stories we believe about our lives, and explores what parts of those stories are true- and what parts need to be re-written.

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Judy Marantz-Herzberg (she/her)

Social Worker

LCSW and LSSW (Licensed School Social Worker)

We learn about ourselves from stories our families, cultures, and societies tell. Some narratives are oppressive, limiting our possibilities and potentials. Others empower us, highlighting successes and strengths. I love helping people uncover incidents that shed light on unique qualities and experiences. Together, we co-author truer narratives that guide us to our potentials.

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Amelia Righi (they/them/their)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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Colette Gordon (they/them)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

I'm all about working to increase the room between who you are and the problems you’re struggling with. I think developing this distinction can reduce suffering and empower change. I incorporate writing and stories. While not technically narrative therapy, I want to give a shout out here to one of my favorite trauma treatments: Narrative Exposure Therapy. It’s a beautiful intervention involving stones, flowers, candles, metaphor, testimony, story, and so much courage on the part of the client.

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Liz Powell (they/them)

Clinical Psychologist

CA PSY 27871; OR PSY 3068

The stories we have about ourselves and our world often drive the way that we move through our lives. I was lucky enough to receive 2+ years of Narrative Therapy specific training throughout graduate school. I want to help you look at the stories you have about yourself, others, and the world and see how those stories are affecting your life.

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Danièla Murrieta (they, them)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MA, MFT, RYT, RM

Using Narrative Therapy, I help you get to know these stories you have and begin to identify what you really believe and value.

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Ajay Dheer (He/They)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy

Of all the orientations I have studied, narrative therapy has always resonated. Throughout my education, I have centered narrative techniques in my academic and applied work. In practice, I draw on narrative therapy to separate my clients from their problems in hopes of reducing feelings of guilt and shame.

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Cresaya E. Kingsbury @ Wild Foxgloves Counseling (She/Her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MHCA.MC.61068879

Our lives are stories. Stories of the relationships and events in our lives, how we internalized those and what others told us. Narrative counseling invites us to turn over the leaves of life: to discover what's true of our story, hold the heartache that is difficult to bear, and to name and bring kindness and compassion to the places where we have been harmed and have harmed.

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Beth VanBuecken (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist

LMFT, RDT

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Jenna Washburn (she / her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA: Mental Health Counseling - Specialization in Addictions

Narrative therapy enriches my counseling techniques by: bringing in elements of larger societal narratives impacting clients; allowing the clients space to tell and oftentimes rewrite their own story; and providing a creative space for metaphor, imagery, and exploration.

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Caitlin Beckwith-Ferguson (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

I often hear clients tell me, "I should be doing this." I ask, "Where did you learn that?" Together, we will examine the socio-cultural narratives that have impacted the way that you perceive yourself and your relationships. We will consider what narratives fit and what do not fit. We will explore the story that you are currently living out, leading you to a deeper understanding of yourself. We will work to re-story your narrative so that you feel empowered in your own life.

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Isabel McCune (she/her)

Qualified Mental Health Professional

Unlicensed Graduate Intern

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Emma Bridges (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

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Jillyan Medina (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MA, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate

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Heather Simpson (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MA MFT Associate

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Lisette Heidtke (She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC

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