Megan Dobbs is a Professional Counselor Associate in Oregon City. She works with adult individuals and couples. Many of Megan's clients bring in emotional pain, whether the symptoms of anxiety, depression, or trauma are taking a daily toll, relationships feel unbalanced and disconnected, or stress and self-criticism are impacting performance at work. Together, she supports clients to pull back the layers of present challenges in order to release painful past experiences and re-engage with their careers, their loved ones, and themselves in more meaningful ways.
Megan believes in using evidence-based practices in session to help clients work through their challenges. The tools she uses in counseling may include cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, emotionally-focused, mindfulness skills, healthy relationship skills, self-compassion, and communication skills. She will help clients understand how their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected, so that they can begin to make targeted change. She works to help clients understand their physical response to external stressors, and begin to problem-solve ways to introduce moments of calm, to choose to respond rather than react in the face of change.
Megan's style is empathetic, thoughtful, and supportive. When clients first start therapy, Megan will work to establish a strong therapeutic relationship and comfortable environment where they feel safe and heard. She is focused on ensuring that her clients see real progress: her style is interactive, non-judgmental, and positions clients as the experts on where they are now, and where they want to go. A trauma-informed therapist, Megan is sensitive to the influence of past experiences on present challenges, and works closely with clients to reframe the narrative of their life in a way that increases self-confidence and compassion
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Domestic violence - Caring support along the pathway to safety, wellbeing, and healing for those surviving a partner’s abusive attempts to control one’s thoughts, beliefs, and actions
Women's issues - Therapy tailored to common concerns among women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges, stressors, and questions around identity as a woman
Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.
I accept Oregon Health Plan.
Years of Experience: 2 years
Oregon City Counseling, Mental Health Therapist , 2021 - Present
Family Solutions, Child and Family Therapist, 2020 - 2021
Lewis and Clark College, MA in Professional Mental Health Counseling, 2019
New York University , BA in Psychology, 2008