prarie photoWe all feel frustrated, confused, and stuck in our lives at one point or another. Sometimes, external situations beyond our control create problems and sometimes, it is our own thinking and actions that seem to keep our lives stressed and unmanageable. It is important to me to provide a safe environment where people can explore the challenges that often seem to get in the way of living the life they want to live. I help clients identify and define their own belief systems, hopes, and dreams, helping them learn to understand themselves, honor their own desires and decisions, and at the same time remain connected to others. This can be a delicate balance. I consider it a unique privilege to work with my clients and have a deep respect for their courage to seek help when it is needed.

I hold a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from George Fox University. I have served as a Volunteer Counselor and Site Supervisor at William Temple House, worked in a private group practice, and participated as a Kathy Querin, MA MFT LPC CADC I, Licensed Professional CounselorClinical Mentor for graduate students in the Advanced Marriage Class at George Fox University. My clinical work has focused on working with families, spouses, partners, and individuals struggling with the consequences of substance abuse and addictive processes. My training in the addiction field has included graduate and post-graduate coursework in Substance Abuse in Family Systems, Addiction Pharmacology, and Sexual Addictions. I am a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC I) as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

I maintain a private practice in Southwest Portland.