Tina Lips, MA, BS
Licensed Professional Counselor
I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC). My approach to life’s challenges is encapsulated in the Finnish word SISU meaning strength of will or perseverance. It conveys fortitude amid life’s trials. We all encounter seasons of life some longer and some shorter in which we need help. My desire is to come along side people and help them find their strength of will – SISU. The therapeutic process will be different for each individual, couple or family. It will be a collaborative effort tailored to best suit specific needs and goals. I place great emphasis on the therapeutic relationship and value therapy focused on the humanity of each one of us. I view therapy as an art as well as a science; dynamic and unique to each person(s). I will provide assessment, support, encouragement, education, insights, observations, and challenges but ultimately it is the person, the couple or the family’s decision as to what changes they will choose to make. I strive to promote healthy relationships and empower individuals, couples and families to develop strong emotional connections that are critical to satisfying and empowering relationships and to a life full of love and hope.
I earned my Bachelors of Science degree in 1996 from Portland State University and my Masters of Counseling from Western Seminary in 2008. I utilize an integrative approach to therapy combining feminist, existential, and Adlerian family systems theory. I work with a variety of issues and have concentrated experience working with youth and their families, parenting, couples therapy, mood disorders, domestic violence issues, sexual, emotional, verbal, and spiritual abuse. I work with individuals, children and teens, couples, families, and groups. I welcome people from all walks of life. Modalities I frequently use are Collaborative Problem Solving, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Gottman Couples Therapy.
I offer clinical supervision for both LPC and LMFT registered interns in the state of Oregon. Please contact me for more details on my supervision approach.