practice, I work with children, adolescents, and adults providing individual
and family therapy and parenting support.
Individual counseling provides an opportunity for you to openly talk about your
thoughts and feelings in a safe environment. Together, we can address your
of life issues
Child play and talk
therapy, parent counseling, and family therapy help children and families
address difficult feelings that interfere with healthy development, school
performance, and family and peer relationships. Therapy provides a unique and
safe environment where a child can explore difficult feelings and relieve
distress. Through the therapeutic relationship, a child begins to understand
his or her feelings, learn new ways of coping, and improve self-esteem.
involvement is a crucial component of every child's therapy. Parents provide
information about their child's development, behavior, and emotions and they
are closely consulted regarding the goals of treatment. I view parents as
partners in the treatment process and I rely upon you to evaluate the effective
of your child's therapy. Some issues that may be of concern include:
or physical abuse
and relationship Issues
to difficult life changes
Counseling and Parenting Support
Family dynamics can often be challenging, whether you have a traditional or
non-traditional family, I can help. Family counseling provides an opportunity
for everyone to openly talk about their thoughts and feelings in a safe
environment. Together, we can try to solve many familial issues:
appropriate limits and consequences for behavior
and issues of loss
after divorce or separation
and relationship Issues
with sexual, physical and/or emotional abuse
and foster care issues
challenges in family
first session we will discuss the concerns that brought you and/or your family
into therapy as well as general history and relevant life experiences.
Information that is important is anything that you feel impacts your life,
either currently or in the past. Among other things, this may include your
general thoughts and feelings, significant relationships, family dynamics, history of abuse or trauma, drug or alcohol use
and work experience. Based on this information we will develop goals and a treatment plan best suited for
you, your child, and/or your family.
Sometimes therapy can be a difficult and painful process as you begin to
confront difficult issues and memories. Change in general is often a struggle as you begin to develop new and
unfamiliar thoughts and behaviors. My goal is to help and support you through these changes and I
encourage feedback or concerns you may have about any aspect of the process.
The length of our
work together will be a question we visit over time, and depends on your needs
and goals. Together we will decide on the type of therapy, how long, and how
often we meet. Often therapy starts out weekly and then may move to once
or twice monthly.
My experience is
that, once you decide that the therapy seems useful, the results will come more
quickly depending on the depth of commitment to the work. The effort you put in
will likely be one of the best investments in your life.
Sheryl Dunn Watson, MA, LPC, CCMHC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor
5410 SW Macadam Avenue, Suite 255
Portland, Oregon 97239
Phone: 503.684.7948 • Fax: 503.684.7958