Licensed Professional Counselor
I am honored to be a therapist because I get to know people as their most genuine selves. I enjoy supporting people to a richer life.
1744-A NE 42nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97213
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 1994
The psychodynamic approach takes into account the influences of your childhood on your current functioning and struggles. It looks at the person as partially a product of his or her original environment and helps each person understand how those influences are helping or hurting them to function today. The psychodynamic therapist will help you unlearn those influences that are no longer useful.
Humanistic therapy is based on Carl Rogers' theory of 'unconditional positive regard'. In other words, everyone is doing the best they can with what they have at the moment, and is accepted just as they are. Humanistic practitioners start from where the client is, and does not try to apply a 'one size fits all' approach, as each client will need a unique combination of approaches and techniques.
Existential therapy explores meaning and purpose in life. It looks at deeper questions that people often wrestle: 'What is my purpose in life?', 'What is the true meaning of life?' 'What do I believe?' 'Why am I making the choices I am making?' 'What is the bigger picture.'
Life is a series of losses, but most people are not prepared for the impact of significant losses on their psyche and sense of well-being. If you have recently experienced the loss of someone close, a relationship, or a dream, I will help you to come to terms with the loss and rediscover joy in life at a pace that will not rush you through your grief.
Your kindness and generosity are positive traits, but they often get out of control to the point that no one ever seems to be considerate of you. Codependency becomes a problem when your needs are never getting met in relationships, friendships, or even with acquaintances. I will help you look at the roots of your codependent behaviors and find new ways of relating in the world.
The 21st century seems to be the age of anxiety. There is so much change happening all of the time. We are more aware than ever of the precarious state of the world and of our own human condition. Anxiety can be a useful tool or it can get out of control and be debilitating. I teach people to acknowledge and make sense of their anxiety while at the same time learn how to manage it effectively.
Bipolar disorder is such a difficult, confusing, and isolating illness. Those who suffer from it feel miserably depressed, alternating with boundless energy and ideas, irritability and impulsiveness. At times, you may feel ecstatic and other times, you have no idea why you ever felt that way. I help people make sense of their moods, swings, frantic thoughts, and unravel the mess of symptoms.
Depression robs a person of joy...and of perspective. When you are in a depressive state, everything seems difficult and meaningless. You believe that your view of reality is true and everyone else out there who seems happy are all looking through rose colored glasses. I have helped hundreds of people find their way out of this distorted and miserable state and back to their true selves.
Colleen Burke-Sivers, LPC has not posted any group sessions.
Even in the wake of the press surrounding Robin William's suicide and the attempt to remove the stigma from depression, it can still carry a heavy connotation. Depression is not something that is easy to bring up in conversation. It is not something that people always hear without judgment. And it is not something that is easy to live with. Those who have not been through it may find it difficult to sympathize and many sufferers are afraid to mention it for fear that the response they get will make them feel worse. But if you never tell anyone about it, you may end up feeling more alone.