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Melissa Hartley (she, her) MS, NCC, LPC
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). I hold a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Portland State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, also from Portland State University.
In my free time, I like purposeful acts of Self-care, such as hiking, backpacking and gardening. I also love animals and trying new restaurants. I have a great sense of humor and often incorporate that in my work. My favorite part of being a counselor is seeing real change happen in people. Seeing folx grow and become more grounded in themselves is one of my greatest joys.
My counseling philosophy draws on principles from Internal Family Systems, Feminist Theory, and Person-Centered Therapy.
Internal Family Systems (IFS) includes the stance that there is an inherently good, wise, and health-seeking core Self to each person. It says that we are also made up of multiple parts that can get forced into behaviors and thought patterns that may help us survive at one point in our lives but not in the long run. The goal in IFS is to help those parts be led by you, the Self, and to help them let go of old beliefs, behaviors and thoughts that no longer serve you.
The Feminist perspective in counseling focuses on the importance of empowerment, and awareness of systems of oppression that impact people of all genders.
Person-Centered Therapy shows up in counseling in the way I see you. You can expect to be treated with unconditional positive regard, empathy, and for me to show up authentically.
"Let us fill our hearts with our own compassion-towards ourselves and towards all living beings."