About Kristen B. Beck, MS, LPC-Intern

Kristen B. Beck, MS; mental health counselor; Gresham Counseling and Therapy LLC

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (#R4038)
providing mental health counseling and therapy to adolescents and adults in Gresham, Oregon

Counseling Approach

Every counselor/therapist has a different approach. Some are highly directive and authoritarian.  Other primarily listen without providing much verbal feedback. Some focus on feelings. Others act as coaches and focus on behaviors. There are many ways to be an effective counselor. It’s important that you find a counselor/therapist that has a counseling style that works best for you.

My Overall Counseling Approach

In treatment of mental disorders and life patterns, I use an honest, egalitarian approach.  I combine life experiences, education, and training to help my clients develop new perspectives on their circumstances. I tend to be friendly, compassionate, and understanding with my clients but also have a strong respect for professional boundaries to provide the best counseling services possible.

My Therapy Methods

To help me provide customized services for you, I need to learn about your unique, personal story. To do this, I use a variety of tools (e.g. questionnaires, diagrams, conversation). As I listen and learn about your experiences, I’ll let you know if I notice patterns that seem to help you or hold you back. I’ll offer suggestions for exercises and activities that can help retrain your brain and learn new skills. Plus, I’ll help you evaluate options in your life, so you can make choices that align with your authentic values.

We may work on helping you change your thinking patterns, beliefs, emotional reactions, behavioral responses, physical actions, and habits.  We may also work on changing the way you interact in relationships.

Psychotherapy and Counseling Theories

I customize counseling and therapy for each client.  My focus is on helping you achieve your needs and goals. When I create custom treatment plans, I typically draw from the following theories:

  • Biospychosocial Theories (i.e. looking at physical, mental, and relationship influences)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Narrative Therapy (NT)
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)
  • Clinical Psychophsyiology
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Adlerian Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Humanistic Therapy

Interests

Professional and Academic

I’m deeply fascinated by the brain, improving quality of life, and the quest for happiness.  I frequently study about

  • Wellness and Health
  • Family Dynamics, Child Development, and Parenting
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Psychophysiology
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Values Development and Motivation
  • Personal Growth and Self-Actualization
  • Biology and Ecosystems

Personal

I spend the majority of my personal time focused on my family and pets. I enjoy engaging in activities related to

  • Science, Technology, and Computers
  • Comedy
  • Art and Multimedia Design
  • Writing
  • Camping and Hiking
  • Gardening
  • Yoga and Weight Lifting
  • Meditation and Mindfulness
  • Philosophy

Education and Academic Awards

Graduate and Professional

Master’s of Science (MS) in Mental Health Counseling (with distinction)
Capella University, MN

Clinical Psychophysiology coursework
Behavioral Medicine Research and Training Foundation, WA

Inductee of Chi Sigma Iota
Counseling Academic & Professional International Honor Society

Undergraduate

Bachelor’s of Arts (BA) In Natural Science (cum laude)
San Jose State University, CA

Inductee of San Jose Sate University Phi Kappa Phi
Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Associate’s of Arts (AA) in Liberal Arts (with high honors)
College of the Desert, CA

Supervision

My supervisor is Sarah Lincoln Pattee, MS, LPC.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and supervisor in Oregon (license #C3773).

Professional Experience

Volunteer Counselor (2015-2016)
William Temple House, OR
Providing mental health counseling to individual adults and adolescents with

  • suicidal ideation
  • trauma history
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • obsessive-compulsive disorders
  • mood disorders (e.g. depression, bipolar)
  • family-related stress
  • relationship problems
  • career-related stress
  • substance use.

Student Intern Counselor (2015)
William Temple House, OR
Providing mental health counseling to individual adults and adolescents with

  • anxiety disorders
  • mood disorders
  • career-related stress
  • parenting-related stress
  • family-related stress
  • substance use
  • trauma
  • developmental disorders.

Mentor (2014-2017)
Baby Blues Connection, OR
Training support providers (e.g. group facilitators, individual phone support volunteers, online support volunteers) to work with parents with pregnancy and postpartum stress and mental health disorders as well as families managing stress related to parenting

Support Group Facilitator (2009-2014)
Baby Blues Connection, OR
Leading support groups for mothers and couples facing the challenges of parenthood as well as pregnancy and postpartum related disorders, such as

  • postpartum depression
  • postpartum anxiety
  • postpartum psychosis
  • bipolar disorder with postpartum onset
  • obsessive compulsive disorder with postpartum onset
  • parenting-related stress
  • adjustment disorder
  • post traumatic stress disorder (related to childbirth)
  • changes in relationships due to parenthood

IT Coordinator (2004-2006)
Baby Blues Connection, OR
Coordinating technology plans for implementation with services that focus on supporting mothers with postpartum depression

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