About My Approach and Experience

Lucy Sherman, MS, NCC, CRC

She/ Her

Professional Counselor Associate, EMDR Therapist

Hey, I'm Lucy and I am honored for the chance to collaborate together!

 

Our Magical Toolbox for Therapy Together

 

 

Validation, Empathy and Space

 

You will be deeply listened to, my intention is to always be present with you and for you to feel truly seen, heard, appreciated and validated in your experience. I notice my experience of hearing you and sharing space and offer ways to further connect to how are feeling.

 

 

Creative Expression and Visualizing

 

I offer creative prompt invitations every session that are inspired by our work together and personalized to you and your experience. 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: Writing, collaging, drawing, painting, pulling imagery cards from different decks, for you to reflect on your experience or ground and gentle movement all in a way that honors where you are at and your comfort. 

 

 

Collaboration

 

 We build a relationship together and In it we get to explore and process what comes up for you. 

 

I am a guide in helping you connect with your own intuition while learning more ways to tap into your own wisdom.

 

I will always check in about how our work feels and meet you where you are at for that day.

 

 You come as you are and I don’t want you to feel like you have to prepare or know exactly 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 guided body scans 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! 

 

 

 

When I am not working with my lovely clients, I enjoy crafting, writing, building on my own creative self care rituals, connecting with close friends and going out into nature with my sweet Basset mix Penny. 

 

Lucy Sherman

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, LPC. I am happy to share more about both what supervision and EMDR consultations can look like if you are interested.