Missy joined JFCS in 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 individual, group, and in-home counseling to adults and is certified as a provider under Medicare, Care Oregon, Aetna, Providence, and Optum. Missy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and obtained a Master of Social Work degree from PSU in 2016, a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from PSU’s Institute on Aging, and is a Certified Advanced Grief Counseling Specialist.
Missy’s approach to therapy is compassionate, pragmatic, and is tailored to address the presenting concerns of each individual she works 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. Missy aims to empower her clients by utilizing a collaborative, strengths-based approach to therapy, drawing on modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Mindfulness. She has experience supporting others in navigating various challenges, including issues around aging, end of life, life transitions, and managing stress. Missy works collaboratively with her clients to identify and develop coping strategies around symptoms related to depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and mood disorders.
Becoming a Clinical Social Worker has been a lifelong dream for Missy and she is quite grateful for the invaluable experiences she has gained throughout her time at JFCS. In her personal time, Missy enjoys cooking, podcasts, and cuddling with her adorable dog, Abbey. She also loves elephants and is proud to be a natural redhead.