Firefly Institute

Firefly Institute

Licensed Professional Counselor

We are dedicated to improving the well-being for all individuals and families in our communities through holistic care practices.

Client Status

accepting clients



4950 NE Belknap Ct. STE 205

Hillsboro, 97124

At a Glance


Rate: $100-$150

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2012

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Family
  • Group
  • Child
  • Relationship
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Cigna
  • Health Net
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My Ideal Client

We envision a holistic practice of wellness incorporating a mind-body connection to treatment which becomes the client’s internal working model for regulation, achieving life-long health. This is what we envision to become the model for our communities, our nation and world. We are an organization that recognizes mental health as an essential part of overall well being. We understand that trauma and mental illness, like physical illness, is a medically treatable condition.

My Approach to Helping

We offer a variety of services including treatment options that are highly specialized such as play therapy, animal assisted therapy, therapeutic art, yoga and EMDR. These services are provided by skilled clinicians who have certification in the treatment program they are offering. This is what sets us apart from other clinics or practitioners. Training for specialized care is rigorous and requires significant commitment to education post-graduation. Firefly clinicians are certified to do the work, receive ongoing supervision and consultation and are accredited by training programs or institutions. Areas of specialty include: relationships, grief/loss, chronic illness, abuse/trauma, PTSD, mood imbalances, child therapy, attachment issues, behavioral issues, anxiety, adoption/foster care, divorce and difficult life transitions or change.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

The Firefly Institute clinicians are multi-disciplinary and collaborative. Clinicians are skilled at supporting individuals and family systems through life transitions, anxiety, depression and chronic illness. They carry expertise and credentials in trauma, play therapy, expressive arts and animal assisted human health. We understand that trauma and mental illness, like physical illness, is a medically treatable condition. We understand that trauma and mental illness can occur in any life and those who experience trauma or mental illness can return to good health. As a result, there is no room for stigma in our society. Our clinic’s model for mental well-being is the direct result of a robust collection of research and treatment options which includes: movement and expressive therapies, education services to clients and the professional community and research to support practice. This portfolio of services continuously evolves to meet the changing needs and priorities of all people.

Techniques I Use


  • EMDR External link

    EMDR is a research-supported, integrative therapeutic approach designed to treat symptoms of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). EMDR also has effectiveness in treating anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions. Firefly clinicians can approach EMDR from a traditional or attachment-focused approach.

  • Attachment Theory External link

    Attachment theory is a theory of affect regulation and interpersonal relationships. Adult attachment anxiety is conceptualized as the fear of interpersonal rejection and abandonment, negative view of the self or feelings of increased anxiety or depression within relationships. Children can experience insecurity within their relationships and the behaviors we see are a result of that anxiety.

  • Play Therapy  External link

    Play therapy involves using toys, sand, art, games, and other materials to help children express themselves. Play offers the child an environment of safety. If children are able to say what they think or how they feel through toys and art with someone who can translate their behavior and facilitate the process, they will respond positively and are able to successfully work through their problems.

  • Narrative  External link

    Narrative therapy is a form of psychotherapy that seeks to help patients identify their strengths and value and use those strengths the skills associated with them. It externalizes the problem, providing space for the client to examine their past, present, and future with knowledge of their ability to live their values so they can effectively confront problems.

Issues I Treat


  • Family Conflict External link

    Family therapy brings all the members together for problem solving, relational repair, conflict resolution or building skills for communication and interaction. We provide family counseling with children, adolescents and for couples support.

  • Child or Adolescent Issues External link

    Children frequently have difficulty talking about what is bothering them or talking about events that have occurred in their lives. Our approach to counseling children and adolescents is to use a prescriptive method of play or expressive arts therapy (using the best fitting evidenced based practice that meets the needs of your child, integrated into hands-on work that brings counseling to life).

  • Self-Harming External link

    Whether a person has recently started hurting his or herself or has been doing it for a while, there is an opportunity to improve health and find a new path for managing complex emotions or life experiences. Firefly provides individual, family and group counseling to address self-harming behaviors. We also offer an intensive outpatient program for those who need increased care and support.

  • PTSD External link

    Trauma can be a single event or a series of adverse experiences that occur over time, these may include relational and interpersonal violence. Firefly believes in integrated trauma treatment approach, meaning there is no one-size-fits-all approach to trauma. This work is individualized and collaborative with the client and family integrating treatment practices for trauma recovery.

  • Anxiety External link

    Anxiety is a common condition in which the person excessively worries about a variety of different topics or a specific topic or experience. This worry is excessive and uncontrollable and associated with additional symptoms of anxiety. Firefly clinicians are available to provide support from a relational and cognitive behavioral approach to reduce stress and worry and engage in life.

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