Missy joined JFCS in October 2010, originally as a Portland State University (PSU) Social Work intern. She is now the Behavioral Health Social Worker in the JFCS Counseling department. In this role, she provides community-based counseling services through the PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives) program, as well as private pay and sliding-scale counseling services for people who are uninsured, underinsured, or struggling financially. Missy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and obtained a Master of Social Work degree from PSU in 2016, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from PSU’s Institute on Aging.
Missy’s approach to therapy is compassionate, pragmatic, and is tailored to address the presenting concerns of each individual she is working with. She understands that a person’s experience with trauma can impact every area of functioning, including physical, mental, social, and behavioral aspects of life. She is guided by the five principles of Person-Centered Trauma-Informed Care: safety, choice, collaboration, trustworthiness, and empowerment. She aims to empower her clients by utilizing a collaborative approach to therapy, drawing on modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Mindfulness.
Becoming a Clinical Social Worker has been a lifelong dream for Missy, and she is quite grateful for the invaluable experiences she has gained through her various roles at JFCS. In her personal time, Missy enjoys cooking, podcasts, and hiking with her adorable dog, Abbey. Missy is also incredibly in love with elephants and is proud to be a natural redhead.