Name: Natalie Mills
Education: Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from George Fox University
Licensing: Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Oregon. (OBLPCT)
Location: West Linn Oregon – In the Historic Willamette Area.
General Practice: Solutions for Depression and Anxiety, Sexual Abuse and Traumatic Event Recovery, Christian Counseling is offered, Couple and Relationship Counseling, Divorce and Divorce Recovery, Blending Families and Step-Parenting.
Areas of Specialty: Couples Counseling, Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counseling--Individual and group treatment. Adult ADHD and its related relationship and employment complications. PTSDChildhood Sexual Abuse and Trauma. Christian Counseling. I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy as well as the Gottman Method of Couple's Therapy. Breast Cancer Support and Trauma Recovery.
The most important aspect of the counseling process is a safe, secure, and confidential relationship between the therapist and the client.
As we navigate through the process of healing and self-realization, I will utilize techniques from many different theoretical orientations, and I am most confident with the results I have seen with Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) in combination with Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Cognitive Behavioral Techniques. These theories compliment each other.
Emotional patterns and ways of responding in relationships are developed early in life and often dictate what happens in our relationships as adults. Therefore it is important to explore early experiences and the emotions associated with them. Identifying those patterns and their origins is the beginning of the healing process and frees us to begin trying out new ways of thinking and responding to relationships and life in general.
Greater awareness of patterns of emotional responding allow us to exert greater control over these responses and free us to make thoughtful, intentional, behavior changes. This can be accomplished using Emotionally Focused Therapy, EMDR, and Cognitive Behavioral Techniques to create more satisfying relationships and improve overall functioning.
I am very excited about the amount of new research and understanding of the emotional centers of the brain, and the mind-body connection. The findings of recent research have given us solid evidence of the brain’s ability to grow, change, and heal from trauma and change patterns of responding. EMDR is a research validated tool that is effective when used in the context of a therapeutic relationship for working with with recent and past trauma and is endorsed by the The American Psychological and Psychiatric Association's and the The US Veteran’s Administration as a first line treatment for trauma and PTSD. There are over 6000 valid research studies which have shown positive results using EMDR. Insurance companies now endorse and reimburse for EMDR and authorize extended sessions for this therapy.
I work from this knowledge base and offer new hope for recovery and who desire to know deeper love, experience greater joy, and to function better in daily life, relationships and employment.
I was born and raised in Oregon and have been a resident of West Linn since 2005. For 16 years, in the early part of my career, I managed a psychiatry practice and also provided counseling for a professional Christian Counseling agency on a part-time basis. Later I worked for 5 years in the assisted living and retirement industry where I became familiar with issues of retirement and aging. In 2006, I returned to school and earned a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Fherapy.
In addition to my private practice in West Linn, I have also worked part-time at Providence Portland Chemical Dependency Stabilization Unit, a 14 day inpatient program for people seeking help detoxing from drug and alcohol addictions.