*****I am providing teletherapy at this time and accepting new clients upon screening*****
Welcome! I’m Helene Krothe, and I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) serving the Lane and Linn County communities. I provide individual, family, and group systemic trauma oriented psychotherapy. My office is located within the Sage House, which offers services by several independent mental health therapists striving to support the whole human. 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.
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 identify your internal gifts, attempt to listen to the fears that can inhibit courage, and bring forth the solutions from within.
Together, you & I will tailor services to match your unique strengths and resiliencies while using trauma informed, social justice oriented, and 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 you’re in.
I support and challenge clients to develop healthy coping skills, self-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 may benefit from help to move into acceptance around who we are in this moment, what’s working in our lives, and the things that might need to change. 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. I integrate these effective strategies to approach the unique reasons bringing people to counseling. I also believe that therapy cannot be helpful unless I strive to respect and understand a person’s phase of life, developmental needs, cultures, resiliency and risks, ability to access community resources, privileges, and any experiences of trauma. Just as hurt happens within relationships, so too can it be healed within them, and therapy is one way to experience healing through the therapeutic relationship.
My style borrows from the following areas depending on your needs and comfort level:
- Internal Family Systems
- Attachment Theory
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)/ Mindfulness
- Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)
- Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Somatic processing interventions
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Narrative therapy
- The research of leading experts in trauma and intrapersonal neuropsychology: Bessel Van Der Kolk, Brene Brown, Daniel J Siegel, and Bruce Perry.
- I am currently in process to become a certified Somatic and Attachment Focused (SA.F.E )EMDR provider
- Are you needing some support around:
- Trauma responses,
- Making decisions / feeling uncertain about next steps in your life
- Adjustments to major life transitions,
- Grief and loss
- Social skill development
- Sexual abuse / assault
- Anger management,
- Identity-based struggles,
- Relationship ruptures,
- Interpersonal boundaries
- Self esteem,
- Parent-child discord
- Reparenting one’s self as an adult
I strive to be culturally informed in my clinical practice. It is important to me that all clients feel safe around their cultural self-identity be it spiritual, sexual, gender, enthnic, romantic, and community memberships. Do you attend Network Charter School in Eugene? I coordinate with them to serve several students a year and have an office based in their school to decrease the amount of time students are missing class to attend to their mental health needs.
I work with people 12 years old and up, focusing on school aged teens and young adults. I also support individuals transitioning towards gender and sexuality identity affirmation. In particular I am a trauma specialist, with specific skill helping clients navigate neglect, all types of abuse, as well as trauma related to parental addiction issues. I am familiar working with the legal system for individuals and families impacted by sexual trauma. I am honored to work with families where there’s been adult or sibling incest and around the family reunification process when indicated for survivors. I work with non-offending parents of children who have experienced abuse and/ or neglect. I am a Clinical Certified Sexual Offense Therapist working with: older children / adult survivors, families of youth who have problem sexual behaviors, parents and siblings of juveniles who are adjudicated for sexual abuse, and partners of adult’s who have sexually harmed.
I facilitate a group several times a year for adult femme and women-identified individuals who partnered with people charged with or convicted of sexual offenses (The Non-Offending Parent and Partner Group). This group is available for all,as well as through referral from the Department of Human Services. On occasion, I have room for ongoing individual work with those participating in this group and may be able to offer the curriculum on a one-on-one basis if deemed appropriate.
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Clinical Certified Sex Offense Therapist (CCSOT) 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(OBLPCT), 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 my private practice in December of 2014, 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. I’ve spoken at several conferences in Oregon, panel discussions at the University of Oregon, Lane County Community College, Kids First Multidisciplinary Team, and residential treatment programs on group therapy practices, the continuum of sexual behavior problems for youth, and effective services with survivors and families who have experienced sibling incest. 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, and get into the woods, waters, and seasons that make Oregon so majestic! 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 human who approaches life 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. I think Ram Dass said it best in that, “We’re all just walking each other home.”