Hello, my name is Amber Bathon. I am a licensed professional clinical counselor (state of KY), a licensed professional counselor (state of OR), and maintain a certification as a master addictions counselor. I received a double Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Socio-Anthropology from Transylvania University and a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College. My Master's program provided me with additional training and education in the areas of marriage, couples, and family therapy and substance use counseling.
During my internship hours, I was able to work and gain experience in a residential substance use treatment program providing individual, couples & family, and group therapies while focusing on co-occurring mental health and substance use challenges. As I entered my professional career, I began providing services in outpatient treatment and private practice settings; during this time, I have worked with individuals, couples and families across the lifespan. I have provided intensive in-home and community-based therapy for adults with significant and persistent mental illness with co-occurring substance use issues, as well as general outpatient mental health and substance use treatment. My primary areas of interest and focus have been related to trauma, depression, anxiety, substance use, and stress management.
As humans, we are born into and exist in relation to others. Learning to navigate who we are as individuals and in relation to others is part of the human process. Many times we are not taught how to set limits and boundaries in relationships or communicate what we want and need within a relationship. Relationship therapies focus on allowing everyone within the relationship to have a voice, feel safe in expressing their voice, and learning to work together for the best of everyone in the situation. Many times, those in the relationship want the same things but the barrier is knowing how to effectively express oneself without emotions getting in the way.
Counseling is a deeply personal encounter that allows for change, growth and development; it is an opportunity for those who receive it to recognize their strengths and find solutions to their challenges in a safe and collaborative environment. Counseling provides ways to express feelings, understand patterns of thinking and behaving, gain perspective on past events and current relationships, and set and clarify goals for the future. It can both alleviate pain and suffering, and add meaning and richness to life.
Counseling provides the opportunity to map strengths, resources, and resiliency which allow us to develop a plan that will move everyone towards achieving agreed upon goals. My belief is that most change occurs through forming and experiencing a trusting, emotionally safe relationship, and in the context of that relationship increasing one’s awareness of self and other, challenging one’s old patterns, beliefs and behaviors, learning new skills, establishing appropriate boundaries in relationships with others, and experiencing and letting go of old pain. My task will be to assist in this process.
I am looking forward to helping you on your journey!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
- Self esteem
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Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LPCC #242600 (Expires: 2021-12-31)
LPC #C2995 (Expires: 2021-11-30)
My wife and I really appreciate Amber’s non-judge mental approach to hear each person’s personal problems. Able to be a respectful 3rd party, non-biased mediator to assist in each persons issues, concerns, and flaws. Thanks Amber !
Even though my partner and I don't agree on much, Amber really seems to understand us both and meet us where we are at individually and together. It's pretty awesome. We feel grateful for her.
I can’t believe how great Amber is! She is far and above the best counselor I’ve ever seen. She gets to the heart of the issues without bringing down the mood. I have severe PTSD and if you do too she is a great person to see. I’m able to talk with her about my symptoms without feeling re-triggered and without feeling like relationship problems are my fault because of it. 10 out of 10, 5 stars, best counselor ever!
Amber is very great at her job. She handles queer issues very well.