About What it is Like to Work Together

Lucy Sherman, MS, NCC, CRC

She/ Her

Professional Counselor Associate, EMDR Therapist

 

Our Magical Toolbox for Therapy Together

 

 

Empathy and Validation

 

My intention is for you to feel truly seen, heard, appreciated and validated in all of your experiences as we process trauma that is hard to explore alone. 

 

 

Creative Expression

 

 

I offer creative invitations during our sessions that are inspired by our work together and personalized to you to deepen self reflection.

 

We bring in metaphors and visualizations to bring in new perspectives and experiment with different mediums to aid in understanding what you are going through. 

 

 

Tools in session: Collaging, drawing, writing, painting, pulling imagery cards from a deck of your choice all in the process of reflecting on your unique experience and grounding. 

 

 

Collaboration

 

We build a trusting relationship together. I am a guide in helping you connect with your own intuition. I will always check in about how our work feels and meet you where you are at.

 

You come as you are and there is no pressure on you to know what to say. Our work flows together and we build a relationship that can hold whatever it needs to hold. 

 

 

Grounding

 

Bringing attention to breath, different senses, specific details about objects or environment and visualizations. 

 

Grounding looks different for everyone and so we experiment and find what resonates for you in the way that feels safe for you.

 

 

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)

 

An evidenced-based therapy that can be supportive when processing experiences where your body feels stuck.

 

More on that in the EMDR tab on this site and I'm always happy to share about what this looks like in our work together when we connect! 

 

 

A bit more about Myself as a Person: 

I identify as a cis-het white female who uses she/her pronouns. I have many priviledges I didn't earn. My practice is queer and trans-allied and I am constantly working to understand how to best support all of my clients and undo any bias I have had in growing up in this patriarchical society. I love creating a place where folks can explore their own identity as they are processing deep wounds. 

 

Outside of working with my lovely clients, I enjoy crafting, building on my own creative self care rituals (painting, collaging, writing, pulling my own cards), listening to podcasts, cooking, connecting with loved ones, decompressing with some reality tv and going out into nature with my sweet Basset mix Penny. 

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Education & Training

I have a Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling from Portland State University, a dual-track program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling. As a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), I have specific education, training, and experience in adjustment to disability and chronic illness.

In addition to being a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the NBCC, I am an EMDR therapist and have received my training in Somatic Attachment EMDR therapy from the Personal Transformations Institute.

Experience

Prior to opening my private practice, I worked with adults and teens at both Health Allies Counseling and the Domestic Violence Resource Center providing individual and group counseling to survivors of domestic violence and narcissistic abuse and appreciate working with clients in all different walks of life and experiences. 

Throughout my work I acknowledge my priviledge and work to distmantle my own biases, learn from others and educate myself in a way that benefits all of my clients. I am dedicated to making my therapeutic practice a space where people of all intersecting identities are honored, validated and appreciated and where they feel they can openly express all of themselves. I do not discriminate on the basis of age, race/ethnicity, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, relationship, socioeconomic status, mental or physical ability/disability, nation of orgin or religious beliefs or occupation.

While in my graduate program I offered counseling to clients at the PSU Community Counseling Clinic as well as worked as a Personal Support Worker with a six-year-old who is a non-traditional communicator. Our relationship relied on how I could read her non-verbal signals to communicate needs. This experience helped me to become attuned to verbal and non-verbal communication within the counseling room as well.

Before entering into graduate school I worked at Trillium Family Services in a psychiatric day treatment program classroom, providing emotional support, validation, and coping skills to a milieu of 13-15-year-olds who had experienced trauma. I had and have so much appreciation for these teen's creativity, resilience, and self-awareness and loved helping them learn more about navigating relationships with themselves and others in a healthy way no matter what they had been through.

 

Supervision and EMDR Consulting

I’m a Registered Professional Counselor Associate (#R5893) with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists. This means I’m working toward hours to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

My Practice is Supervised by Kerri Anderson-Linde MS, LPC who has her own private practice and also teaches classes in counseling programs. I also seek monthly EMDR consultation from Jocelyn Fitzgerald, LMFT and art therapist. I am happy to share more about both what supervision and EMDR consultations can look like if you are interested. With both of these lovely experts I get to consult with, there is always a creative component in exploring my current work with clients which I am sure you can guess I love!