Welcome! I’m Helene Krothe, and I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I provide individual, family, and group psychotherapy. I also offer counseling to support health in intimate relationships, whatever form a relationship and the partners within it may take. My office is located within the Sage House, which offers services by body-based healing practitioners, mental health therapists, and midwifery services. This is a safe and confidential environment placing each person’s unique path of healing within the tranquility of nature to grow, ground, and implement positive change in their lives.
Together, you & I will tailor services to match your unique strengths and resiliencies while using trauma informed, evidence based practices to better reach your goals. We will also utilize the adaptive wisdom of emotions and bodily awareness to improve the quality of life and those relationships surrounding you. I firmly believe that people have tried in many ways to heal before coming in for services, and are the experts in their own lives. You already have everything you need for the quality of your life to improve. My role as a therapist is to walk alongside you while, together, we nurture those internal gifts, attempt to listen to the fears that can inhibit courage, and bring forth the solutions from within.
I support and challenge clients to develop healthy coping skills, awareness, and to enact change where they feel it’s most needed. I find that the image we all have of our past present and future selves is intimately tied to life experience, times of feeling connected to or separated from others, and the stories we tell ourselves about what it means to be good, successful, and strong. In facing hardships, we all have the opportunity to gain insight into who we are in this moment, what’s working in our lives, and the things that might need to change. We can then use this insight to set up steps to change what is within our control and better act from a place of acceptance and compassion. Often times we’ve developed ways to cope that at one time kept us safe or alive, and now those ways of getting through life’s hardships might just be the very thing keeping us stuck. These old stories may also be creating some new problems of their own and can be preventing us from acting in accordance to our personal values. There is wisdom in several therapeutic models on which I’ve received training, and I integrate these effective strategies to approach the unique reasons bringing people to counseling. I also believe that therapy cannot be helpful unless I actively work to respect and understand a person’s phase or life, developmental needs, cultural considerations, ability to access community resources, privilege, and any experiences of trauma.
My style borrows from the following areas depending on your own style and comfort level:
- Internal Family Systems
- Attachment Theory
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Emotion Focused Therapy
- Dialectic Behavior Therapy
- Somatic processing interventions
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Narrative therapy
- The research of leading experts in trauma and intrapersonal neuropsychology:
- Bessel Van Der Kolk, Brene Brown, Daniel J Siegel, and Bruce Perry.
Clinically. I work with preadolescent children, teenagers, young adults, those in intimate relationships, and families. I have a history of being effective in working with youth and adults who have experienced physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and / or neglect, with extensive training in working through trauma. My blend of skills has also been useful to those coming in to address: depression, anxiety, adjusting to life transitions, grief and loss, social skill development, anger management, identity-based struggles, relationship ruptures, interpersonal boundaries, parent-child discord. I strive to be culturally informed in my clinical practice., It is important to me that all clients feel safe in light of their areas of cultural self-identify be it spiritual, sexual, gender, romantic, and those who identify with non-majority communities.
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate Sex Offense Therapist through the State of Oregon. I regularly attend workshops, conferences, and training programs to continue to evolve as a clinician and to ensure my ability to use best practice in attending to the needs of my clients. I abide by the Code of Ethics of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and therapists, and abide by the Oregon Revised Statutes related to my field of practice. For more on this, please see my Professional Disclosure Statements on the FORMS PAGE.
I began private practice as a psychotherapist in December of 2014 and enjoy working in the community and school settings. Before that, I worked for a community mental health agency for several years, serving children and young adults in Lane County, and provided services in the rural and school settings as well. I’ve spoken at the University of Oregon, Lane County Community College, Kids First Multidisciplinary Team, and residential treatment programs in Lane County on group therapy practices, the continuum of sexual behavior problems for youth, and implementing trauma informed services. While earning my Masters in Couples and Family therapy, I worked as a graduate teaching fellow in University of Oregon’s College of Education teaching on barriers to education for the youth of Oregon. In my graduate school years, I also conducted qualitative research with the Men’s Center supporting positive masculinity and leaderships skills so as to intervene in gender and sexual violence.
In my time away from work, I have an active nature practice, getting into the woods, waters, and seasons that make Oregon so majestic. I enjoy knitting, yoga, gardening, meditation, hiking, and am trying my hand at woodworking. All of my life experiences, be they spiritual, academic, professional, or personal have allowed me to evolve into the person I am today. I care deeply about my clients and my ability to be an empathetic provider who approaches life and therapy as the chance to step into curiosity, lean into discomfort, fuel our passions, and embrace a learner’s mind while we’re each on this journey of being human.