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) as well as informed by the most recent and relevant science in mental health. 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 1994 from Portland State University and my Masters of Counseling from Western Seminary in 2008. In addition to a general mental health practice I specialize in women’s mental health, fertility challenges, pregnancy loss, and perinatal mood-anxiety disorders and psychosis. I am working on my Certification in Perinatal Mental Health through Postpartum Support International. I work with individual adults, and couples with fertility, perinatal, or pregnancy loss. I welcome people from all walks of life. Modalities I frequently use are Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Collaborative Problem Solving, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Feminist therapy, and Narrative therapy.