Leading Light Counseling

~ Carl G. Jung ~

"We are not what happened to us, we are what we wish to become." 

As a therapist, I am committed to assist a variety of individuals specifically adults, couples, families and groups, in managing a wide range of issues and challenges. My approach is eclectic, which is to say that I borrow from a variety of different treatment traditions and philosophies when counseling clients.

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Intimacy
  • Communication
  • Family & Relationship Matters
  • Life Direction
  • Attention Deficits & Learning Differences
  • Stage of Life Matters
  • Grief & Loss
  • Professional Issues
  • Somatic Body Image Issues
But what does any of that mean?
How does it really work?
How does it apply to me and my situation?

In reality.  It honestly depends on you and the therapist!


The best way to imagine how therapy works is that the therapist creates a safe and protected place where the therapist and client can, together, find ways to make the client’s life more comfortable, functional, productive and more meaningful. My approach is eclectic, which is to say that I borrow from a variety of different treatment traditions and philosophies when counseling clients.


Please feel free to contact me directly to inquire about how therapy works. If you are still concerned, please don't hesitate to call me for a no-obligation, FREE 15 minute consultation to put you on the right path. 


(1) Symptom reduction approaches that focus on a clear identification of the symptoms that the client wishes to shift and/or reduce, and creating an individualized approach to reducing or eliminating those symptoms.

(2) Cognitive-behavioral approaches that focus on working with clients to understand in detail their thought patterns, the core beliefs that underlie those thought patterns and the behaviors which result from the patterns and beliefs.

(3) Investigative inquiries where the client is invited to openly and honestly share about the situation which is causing difficulties, and/or causing pain or dysfunction.

(4) Depth psychotherapy approaches that focus on helping the client access and better understand thoughts, feelings and images that are not fully conscious.


(5) Gestalt approaches that focus on accessing different parts of the client’s personality and character and seek to integrate them. By working with the different parts of the client (such as the inner child, the teenager in us all, the student, the worker, etc.), the client can experience a wholeness.

(6) Value-based approaches that invite the client to both discover and commit to his/her core values in order to imagine and then create a more meaningful and congruent life.

(7) Spiritual approaches that allow the client to connect with religious and/or spiritual traditions, if the client has a belief in and/or commitment to such traditions.

(8) Collaboration with family and other professionals including physicians, psychiatrists, parents (in the case of adolescents and teenagers), school counselors, teachers, etc. so that I have a comprehensive picture of the client and how may I help him/her.

Leading Light Counseling

Weatherly Building, 516 SE Morrison St. Suite 212, Portland, OR 97205

EMAIL: karen@leadinglightcounseling.com

WEBSITE: www.leadinglightcounseling.com

TELEPHONE (503) 957-1023

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