Nadine Dody MA, MFT, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
(503)200-4744
Perserverance  builds character; character builds hope
PHILOSOPHY OF COUNSELING


Counseling is a joint effort, which cannot be successful without your hard work, energy and courage.  Therapy provides a safe place to explore reactions, thoughts, and feelings about people in your life as well as yourself.  It allows you the opportunity to practice new ways of interacting and, when ready, to try these in other relationships.  I believe that each individual has a unique view of the world, based on his/her role in it.  Just as you have the right to decline or accept any suggestion or therapeutic approach, you also have the right to be informed of any potential risks.  

I use a solution focused approach.   The focus is on what the client wants to achieve through therapy. The approach does not focus on the past and stay there, but instead, takes the focuses to the present and future. As a therapist I use respectful curiosity to invite the client to envision her/his preferred future.  I believe that people are designed for self healing and that sometimes they need help to start this process.  I also incorporate other therapies to tailor the therapeutic experience to the individual and their specific concerns.  I welcome your questions or comments about our work together. 
 My goal of counseling is meet each person where they are at and to work towards their goals for their own self improvement.                                                                                
First Appointment Preparation

What do you hope to accomplish by going to therapy?


How would you like things to be different at the end of therapy?

What has been happening in your life that leads you to go to therapy?

How long has this been happening and how troubling is it?

How have you been feeling?

Are you experiencing nervousness, depression or other emotions that are troubling?

What have you done to try to feel better?

What has made you feel better in the past?

Who else have you seen about this problem, including another therapist, your doctor, a clergy or rabbi, or support groups such as AA?


  • Bring a list of all medicines you are taking for both physical and behavioral health reasons. Include name and dosage.
  •  Bring copies of any documents you think might be helpful. These include previous psychological testing, hospital discharge summaries, or recent laboratory results.