“You can’t start the next chapter if you keep re-reading the old one.” –Unknown
Sometimes we feel stuck. Sometimes life doesn't make sense. Sometimes the pain is so great or the confusion so profound that we think it will be our story forever. But there is hope. Life will always keep moving forward, and sometimes we need a little help along the way. All of us need help sometimes. And sometimes that help is counseling. If you feel awkward or nervous, that's okay. If you feel inspired or excited, that’s okay. If you feel hopeless or angry or afraid, that’s okay too. Whatever you are experiencing or feeling, it is okay. Life is a story with chapters. And every chapter is different. Counseling is a safe place to authentically ask questions, discuss feelings, identify helpful strategies and pursue personal growth.
Hello, my name is AD Diers and I practice an integrated approach of Solution Focused Therapy with CBT, ACT and existential themes. I am enneagram knowledgeable. I utilize attachment theory and trauma informed care, including the impact of chronic adverse childhood experiences.
I have counseling experience with a variety of presenting concerns including:
interpersonal relationship skills and couples/marriage therapy
sexuality and gender concerns
shame and identity issues
concerns of young adults
ministry concerns for pastors and spouses
OCD and intrusive thoughts
mood disorders (including Bipolar)
My goal is to provide a respectful, safe and collaborative therapeutic relationship that helps clients recognize strengths, identify needs, cultivate resilience, understand conflicts, increase resiliency and experience personal growth and positive change in their lives. I am here to provide support for your goals in how you want to live your own life. In sessions I will provide support, ask questions, share therapeutic interventions, and allow a safe space for any and all thoughts to be processed. The counseling experience is not one size fits all, and every client's therapy experience is unique. My highest priority is to be a safe relationship for the vulnerable places that are brought to sessions and provide healthy coping strategies for areas of struggle.
I am a Portland native and have three grown children, one teen in high school, one granddaughter, and a ridiculous calico cat. I have over 26 years of pastoral and ministry experience. I love animals, playing piano, plants, cooking, movies, music, writing poetry, painting, and flower arrangement. I have found great comfort from counselors in my own healing journey and have a passion to walk beside you in yours.