DEIRDRE HARRIS-RUNDLE, LPC INTERN
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Deirdre Harris-Rundle, LPC intern
Philosophy and Approach: I believe that the most important element of the counseling experience is the relationship between my client and I. The purpose of a strong therapeutic relationship is to develop trust and create an environment where you feel safe and supported, so we can work together towards addressing whatever issues bring you to therapy. My goal as a therapist is to foster growth, independence, and resilience. My theoretical approach to counseling incorporates the proven, practical interventions of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT); the aspiration toward self-discovery of humanistic therapy; and the commitment to transparency and equity of feminist therapy. As a white, queer trans woman, I come to this work with lived experience of both discrimination and privilege, and I strive to embody principles of anti-oppression and social justice in my role as a counselor.
Formal Education and Training: I received my Master’s in Counseling from Portland State University. I am a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC 884701) and am currently working towards my Oregon professional counseling license (LPC R5149). For my graduate internship I worked as a mental health counselor at a high school, providing talk therapy to students. My post-graduate training and experience has been focused on providing case management and counseling to individuals with severe, persistent mental health challenges and helping clients navigate the intersections of mental health, identity, and systems (including family, social, medical, and education systems.) Classes I have taken that inform my current practice include group facilitation, multicultural perspectives in counseling, and psychosocial aspects of chronic illness and disability. Prior to receiving my counseling degree I was also trained as a Peer Support Specialist, and I bring an understanding of the value of shared lived experiences to my work.