Turnstone Counseling

Portland, OR

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About this pro

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I absolutely love my job. I have the unique opportunity to help people who are struggling with their relationships get to a place where they feel solid and happy again. Often when couples first come to me, they are in great distress. Within a few weeks to a few months, this stress has lifted and they begin to feel relief. Soon they get to feel the potential ahead of them. It is an intense and hugely satisfying process for me and for my clients.

Location

Portland, OR 97209

Times hired on Thumbtack

1

Reviews

1 Reviews
  • Elisabeth M. Jul 25, 2015
    Relationship Counseling
    Verified Review
    We felt incredibly comfortable and optimistic sitting down with Brenda. We are looking forward to working with her.

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Continuing education is the cornerstone to being an excellent therapist and so I take this part of my work very seriously. Over the past few years, I have trained with some of the leading couples therapists (Sue Johnson, David Schnarch, Rob Fisher) and have also begun to add in Hakomi training to my toolbox. I am constantly reading the latest research (attachment theory, emotionally focused therapy, somatic counseling) and apply what I learn in the therapy room. I consider constant growth to be an integral part of what makes me good at my work!
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
When billing insurance, I charge the higher rate (bookkeeping rate) of $135 per 60 minute session. When clients are paying out of pocket, I charge $110 per 60 minute session.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
When my husband and I first moved in together many years ago, we met with a couples therapist who helped us successfully navigate that intense transition. He suggested it might be a good career path for me -- and he was right!
What types of customers have you worked with?
I work with many couples who are suffering post-affair and want to find a way to rebuild trust and create new ways of communicating. Couples also come to see me when their marriage or relationship has become stagnant and they are interested in reviving it - or finding a new way to be together. I also see individuals who are struggling with their relationships and want to do intense one-on-one work on how to be a more authentic and present friend, employer, partner, parent or spouse.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Spend time on each therapist's web site. You can get a lot of information about who they are and how they work from their online presence. I also recommend meeting with at least two counselors in person to feel what it is like to be in a room with them and get an idea of how it would be to work with them. Before talking to a potential counselor, prepare a few questions for the interview such as, "How long do your clients typically work with you?", "How would you describe your counseling style" and "What do you expect from your clients?".