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Kristen Peterca LPC

Who I am as a Therapist

We all experience mental and emotional pain at times. Pain appears when we lack safety, security, support or when we perceive we are not able to live the life we desire. Sometimes this is short-lived, but sometimes has a lasting impact on us, leaving us feeling stuck and triggered no matter what we do. We can learn how to heal and overcome this pain. In order to have the most comprehensive healing, we have to treat the root of an issue – not just the symptom. Therefore, I work to understand your unique story and how you have come to be in the place you are. We will work together to help you get what you want from therapy. This may be reducing overwhelming emotions, gaining new skills, perspectives or approaches to problems. It may be helping you put the past and its ongoing impacts, behind you. I believe each person is doing the best they can with where they are. Perhaps you have found me because you are ready to make positive changes on issues that have kept you feeling stuck. My goal is to help you heal and gain the internal tools and resources needed to live a more secure and rewarding life. I look forward to being a part of your path toward healing.

With over 14 years of clinical experience I am skillful in providing traditional therapy as well as treating issues related to trauma. I utilize a combination of therapies; including, EMDR, Ego-state, Attachment Focused, Mindfulness-based approaches, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Clients experience me as sensitive, attuned, understanding and insightful. My approach is also active in that I offer my client’s concrete resources. I am an EMDR Certified Therapist with specialized training in treating both single-incident traumas or Complex-PTSD.

Who I am when I’m not Being a Therapist

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, being outdoors and close to nature. You might find me at an enrichment activity or play date with my toddler, hiking or jogging through the local parks, finding inner balance at a yoga class, enjoying a meal out with my husband or catching up with old friends.

Education & Training

  • BS Communications: Ohio University, Athens, OH
  • MA Counseling Psychology: Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • EMDR Certified Therapist through EMDRIA

If my approach sounds appealing to you, you can set up an initial appointment with me by calling: 503-349-2281 OR Email Us