“Our deepest calling is to grow into our authentic self-hood, whether or not it conforms to some image of who we ought to be. As we do so, we will not only find the joy that every human being seeks-we will also find our path of authentic service in the world.”
My Experience // Philosophy and Theoretical Approach
As a Marriage and Family Therapist for the past 27 years, it is my privilege to work with people as they navigate their unique life experiences and work toward goals of healing and health. I was a full time therapist on the staff of Lutheran Counseling Network, a non-profit agency, serving the greater Puget Sound area before moving to Portland in 2014 and establishing a private practice. I work with individuals, couples and families struggling with depression, anxiety, relationships, grief and loss, trauma and life transitions. I believe that everyone holds the wisdom and resilience to affect meaning and satisfaction in their lives and relationships. The process of therapy assists in discovering that wisdom. My model of therapy is primarily drawn from family systems theory which focuses on connections in relationships and patterns of interactions. I also draw from dialectical behavioral and cognitive behavioral therapy, which both explore our inner “systems”, i.e., how our thoughts and beliefs influence our feelings, behaviors and relationships. The intricate connections between our minds and bodies, established by the growing field of neuroscience, is of particular interest to me. I welcome the opportunity to work with clients who want to integrate their unique spirituality with their therapy and overall self -care.
My Formal Education/Training/Licenses:
I completed an accredited two year post-graduate program in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Presbyterian Counseling Service in Seattle, WA in 1988. I completed my Master’s Degree in Theological Education from Luther Theological Seminary in 1981. I graduated with a B.A. in Social Welfare from the University of Minnesota in 1977. I am a Clinical Fellow with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. I have been working with families since 1977 and have done individual, couple and family therapy since 1987. I am also trained to administer and interpret the Prepare/Enrich Inventory for Premarital couples.
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in OR #T1035
- Clinical Fellow of The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
- Trained Administer of Prepare/Enrich Inventory for Premarital Couples
My rate is $150 per 50 minute sessions/ $155 if paying by debit or credit card
Office hours: Tuesday-Wednesday 9 am – 7 pm
Please contact me by clicking on the “Appointment Request” tab, then please type “Michelle Sinn” in the subject line or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Areas of Particular Interest to Me:
- Depression and Anxiety / Grief and Loss / Cancer / Chronic Illness / Caregiving
- Couple and Family Relationships / Life Transitions
- Meditation / Mindfulness
- Pastoral Counseling