My Approach

The most important thing to know about working with me as your counselor is that you are in charge of the process to whatever extent you want to be. You will decide what your goals are, and you won't be pushed into doing things or working on aspects of yourself that you don't want to. I won't be telling you what's "wrong" with you. What we will do is get to know each other, explore where you are now and where you'd like to be, and together decide how to get you there. Also - we'll laugh! While we will work on some serious issues, I always work in a good dose of humor. 

I work from a person-centered perspective, which means that my first goal is to get to know you and your needs and wants, and to create a trusting relationship within which we can explore and heal. I integrate aspects of attachment theory, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Internal Family Systems Therapy. What this means is that we might look at early relationship experiences and examine how those experiences may be influencing your current feelings, thought patterns, relationships, and behaviors. We may also examine the different parts of you, look at how those parts might benefit or hinder you, and work to heal wounded parts and put your Self part in charge. Lastly, I believe that creating art can help us access and express feelings in a way that words sometimes can't. For this reason, I often incorporate art into our work for those who are open to it.

 

Below are links to more information about some of these methods of counseling if you care to learn more.​

Person Centered Therapy

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Internal Family Systems Therapy

 

322 NW 5th Ave Suite 308

Portland, OR 97209

emilyfagancounseling@gmail.com

 

Tel: 503-893-9684