Meet Our Counselors

Andrew Lundgren, M.A., LMFT, LPC

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Thanks for visiting. Perhaps, you are hoping to take the next step in finding hope or taking positive action in your life. I recognize this step of seeking a therapist can slightly or greatly activate discomfort. I strive to sit with ALL people in a calm nurturing manner to support their journey toward well-being. Thanks for taking the step. The path to healing can take time and is very rewarding. Being here is the start of thinking and being different. Feel free to connect to see if we would be a good fit.

I have specialized training in working with couples and individuals to facilitate mutuality and repair from attachment wounds. At times this involves understanding these hurts and our protective stances that create blocks to connection. I have training in EMDR, Pragmatic Experiential Therapy, and Discernment Counseling.
 
Whether you choose to contact me or another, please seek out highly trained professionals who value you for you and are passionate about their own professional development. It is vital your therapist understand where you are coming from and how you view and interact with the world so they can provide the most effective interventions.

Chris Perry, M.S., CRC, Professional Counselor Associate

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Something is just not right. Something needs to change, and you’re ready to do the work. Making changes creates challenges, and any great effort has the potential for unintentional and unexpected consequences: personal relationships, grief, anxiety, and depression. I work with everyone who wants to take these steps, people who want to take accountability and collaborate on a path forward.

I use skill building, practical application, and corrective experiences. We learn skills like how to fight fair, how to manage anger, even developing interviewing skills. Then, by using these skills and practicing with the people in your life, we are able to develop reasonable expectations for common interactions with others.
 
I settled in Portland to be close to family. I use my experience and training to do efficient work that makes sense. If you would like to connect with me, please call or email me directly and I will respond as soon as possible.

Sam Franklin, M.S., CRC, NCC, Professional Counselor Associate

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Sometimes you go through an experience and it completely changes your life, and sometimes all the little stresses add up to one big obstacle. Either way, nothing feels as good as it used to, and you constantly find yourself trapped in the past or worrying about the future. You deserve a life that’s free of constant emotional turmoil, and therapy can be a way to process unwanted memories, emotions, and thoughts. I won’t promise you that the entire process of therapy will be easy, and I won’t tell you that I can fix you; you are not a problem to be solved. What I can do is move alongside you as you shift toward the life you want.

I use a combination of self-reflection and skills building to help you connect with your core values and reduce unwanted behaviors or emotions. I believe that a counseling relationship is built on trust, honesty, communication, and empathy without judgement. You’re the expert in your own life, and my job is to help you use your own inner strength.
 
Deciding to start therapy is a brave choice that can lead to amazing benefits. If you think I might be a good fit for you, please contact our intake specialist by phone, email, or visiting our website at dirksecc.com. I’m excited to meet you!

Allie Patton, M.A., MT-BC, NCC, Professional Counselor Associate

I’m a nationally board-certified & Oregon licensed music therapist, and registered professional counselor associate. I care deeply about connection, and helping people discover and accept their genuine inner self through creative arts and psychotherapy. I am currently working under the supervision of Andrew K Lundgren, M.A., LMFT, LPC at Dirkse Counseling & Consulting, Inc., in working towards my full licensure. In addition to therapy, I also offer neurodivergent-affirming assessment for Autism and ADHD. My assessment type cannot be used to obtain certain disability services. Please note there is a waitlist for assessment services.

I have a diverse and eclectic work experience with individuals of all backgrounds and experiences. I believe in treating a person holistically using an overall approach of acceptance and inclusivity. I am passionate about and specialize in working with neurodivergent individuals, couples, and families in navigating the world through your lived experience.
 
Individuals from all walks of life are welcome in my office, and it’s important to me to always create an atmosphere of honesty, openness, and safety for my clients. I am an AuDHD clinician who is neurodivergent affirming. As a note, I provide music therapy, psychotherapy, job coaching, and clinical assessment depending on desire and fit for you.

Angela Alipio, M.A., Professional Counselor Associate

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Angela is a counselor in training, currently working towards licensure as both a professional counselor and a marriage and family therapist. She graduated from Colorado Christian University with a Master of Arts in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling and holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from California Polytechnic State University. She completed two years of internship at Core Values Counseling where she worked with individuals, couples, and families. Angela has also completed Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 & 2 Training.

Angela treats every client with respect, kindness, and compassion. She believes in taking a collaborative therapeutic approach; one that fosters a safe environment for clients to develop and achieve their personal goals. She is committed to reinforcing clients’ positive feelings and behaviors. Angela understands the importance of establishing rapport and building trust to promote healing. She feels most comfortable with utilizing a combination of Person-centered Therapy and Reality Therapy