Karen Bruce Chenier

Karen Bruce Chenier (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

LPC Associate, PhD, R-DMT

Supervisor: Beth Lucchi, LCSW

Ph.D., Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Dance Movement Therapist

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

5039571023

14511 Westlake, Suite 121

Lake Oswego, 97035

Burnside Trolley Building

2705 E. Burnside, suite 206

Portland, Oregon 97212

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $125-$180

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2012

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual
  • Family
  • Group
  • Relationship

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Ideal Client

I work primarily with adults and, couples, and professionals in managing a wide range of mental health issues and challenges such as Anxiety, Depression, Intimacy, Communication problems, Learning differences, Self-Esteem, Health issues, Life Transitions, Grief & loss, Professional/Work issues, Family and Relationship matters. We work together to discover and learn new ways of managing stress, anxiety, and depression, limiting connections and options to move forward, heal, grow and find meaning.

My Approach to Helping

My approach is multi-modal & evidence-based. I utilize good, reliable research on the efficaciousness of treatment approaches in supporting clients. Therapy work entails a process focusing on symptom reduction, a clear identification of the problem(s) that the client wishes to reduce, and creating an individualized approach to reducing symptoms. Also, I use cognitive-behavioral approaches that focus on working to understand thought patterns and the core beliefs that can underlie distressing behaviors. Additionally, I use depth psychology and investigative inquiries where clients are invited to be curious about their experiences, thoughts, feelings, and actions in a respectful, welcoming, and safe environment.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I have worked as a Dance Movement Therapist and psychological intern in Los Angeles for ten years in various mental health clinics and hospitals, working with a diverse population ranging from children to older adults, with diverse cultures, economic backgrounds, and resources. I've worked in acute, out-patient, and subacute hospital settings and in a private practice setting with professionals who wish to enhance and improve their lives through analytic, depth psychology. I am comfortable treating clients with a wide range of emotional difficulties. I opened my psychotherapy practice in the pacific northwest in 2012. In addition to having a small private practice, I teach graduate chiropractic students at the University of Western States, focusing on mental health and clinical psychology, and am an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University's psychology department.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Eclectic External link

    My approach is eclectic, which is to say that I borrow from various treatment traditions and philosophies when counseling clients while using good, reliable research on the efficaciousness of different treatment approaches in supporting my client's goals toward wellness and health.

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) External link

    Cognitive-behavioral approaches focus on working with clients to understand in detail their thought patterns, the core beliefs that underlie those thought patterns, and the behaviors which result from these patterns and beliefs.

  • Depth Therapy External link

    Depth psychotherapy approaches focus on helping the client access and better understand thoughts, feelings, and images that are not fully conscious. Depth psychology integrates internal and external experiences so one can move without fear toward finding purpose and meaning in life. The client is invited to be curious about these experiences, thoughts, feelings, actions, and dreams in a respectful, welcoming, and safe environment.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Premarital Counseling External link

    As a couple's therapist, we work together to better your relationship, find solutions to specific problems, reduce feelings of distress, cultivate ways to connect within yourself, and enhance communication skills. We will practice ways to increase kindness toward yourself and each other so you both can experience peace and adventure.

  • Depression External link

    I have experience in symptom reduction approaches that focus on clearly identifying the symptoms that the client wishes to shift and reduce and creating an individualized approach to depression. I use Cognitive Behavior Therapies and a collaborative approach to meet clients where they are at while working toward increasing coping skills and functioning.

  • Anxiety External link

    I use cognitive-behavioral approaches focusing on understanding thought patterns and the core beliefs that can underlie distressing behaviors and anxiety. The client learns to tolerate feelings of fear and anxiety without moving into old triggered responses of avoidance, withdrawal, and self-medication and builds the capacity to handle uncertainty.

  • Self-Esteem External link

    The client is invited to openly and honestly share the situation(s), which may cause a negative self-view. I also use cognitive-behavioral approaches focusing on understanding thought patterns and the core beliefs that can underlie the negative self-perception. I also use depth psychotherapy approaches that focus on helping the client access feelings and images that are not fully conscious as a way to improve self-acceptance and esteem and replace their negative view of self.

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