Licensed Marriage Family Therapist
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist & Supervisor currently in the process of becoming a certified sex therapist.
1300 John Adams Street, Suite 111
Oregon City, 97045
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2019
I believe our opportunity to grow depends on our ability to consider a realistic understanding of where we are in lifeI admire the resilience that people exhibit from their past experiences & work from that strength shown in the past as we work together.
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.
Out of the many things that can be understood better through the Gottman Method, two things that the Gottman Method allows us to focus on is our connection with our partner and how we approach communication with each other in our day to day life. I've done advanced trainings in the Gottman Method and commonly utilize the Couples Assessment conducted by the Gottman Method to work through areas of strength and challenge with couples.
Cognitive Based Therapy otherwise known as CBT, like all versions of cognitive based approaches, focuses on helping the client to become aware of their thoughts and feelings in order to understand how their thoughts influence their feelings in maladaptive or unhelpful ways. The goal of CBT is to change the patterns of thinking and behavior in order to change the way it makes the person feel.
Life offers us times where we recognize ourselves at the brink of significant life transitions. These transitions are part of life and when addressed well we can live fully in our lives and through these transitions. Interventions in session focus on awareness of movement and change throughout a person's life that allows for the acceptance that our past helps us understand our present and in that discernment can help support behaviors and expectations for our future.
There are helpful ways to separate and divorce in a relationship. Especially when there are children within the relationship, finding ways to engage each other and communicate with each other enables a healthier life transition for the couple and all those involved. Support with separation and divorce focuses on exploring options and understanding goals within the relationship along with addressing the grief, loss, and support in moving forward during what can be a volatile time.
Counseling is an important part of both pre-marital and marriage counseling as it enforces healthy communication patterns and emotional connection with each other. As these understandings becomes more clear for the couple, areas of emotional connection, mutual respect, commitment and desire for each other continue to develop and become meaningful aspects in the relationship.
I approach grief with education, support, and intuition. I find that the most challenging part of grief for people is the unpredictability and the loss of control that is felt as grief tends to take over various areas in people’s lives. To grieve is to acknowledge the loss of something significant in your life while also applying coping mechanisms.
I feel the client’s needs are best met when I am able to engage with the client in a genuine relationship that provides unconditional regard and support while also utilizing cognitive interventions that will aid the client into understanding who they are and changing their behavior in ways that allows them to live more fully into their present reality.
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