Amy Quaring, LPC, CADC III

Child and Family Therapist

Amy Quaring

  • Call Amy: 503.374.1449
  • Hours: Mon & Wed, 9:00am – 5:00pm

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. Oh the places you’ll go!”
-Dr. Seuss

    • Ages 2 – 21 years
  • Services Individual therapy
    Family therapy
    Group therapy
    Play therapy
    Parent coaching
  • Specialties Adolescent Substance Abuse
    Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
    DBT
    Anxiety
    Depression
    Behavioral Issues

Is your child having behavioral problems which are interfering with school, family, or friendships? Are you wondering if the behavior is normal or if he/she will outgrow it? I use a variety of evidence base practices to help collaborate with the family in restoring balance. Is your teen defiant, distant or abusing substances? I specialize with working with adolescents with a variety of substance use and/or mental health symptoms. I thoroughly enjoy working with defiant teens who have addiction issues.

Quick Questions

 

What is your training?

I have a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon. I also have completed relevant course work in the area of Substance Abuse Prevention and have received a certificate stating that I have completed 25 credits in this area. I hold a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacific University. In addition, I have completed all relevant course work and am a certified drug and alcohol counselor 3 (CADCIII). I have almost 10 years’ experience working for a Community Mental Health Agency proving dual diagnosis treatment to children, teens, families and adults. I have 1 year experience working with domestic violence survivors and almost 3 years’ experience providing therapy to children, teens and families in a private practice setting.

What services do you offer?

Individual Therapy for children and teens
Family Therapy
Couples Therapy
Consultation and coordination with other care providers
Drug and Alcohol Education Services

What can I expect if I come to see you?

Initially we will meet to work together to develop a working treatment plan to address your family’s goals. With children under 12, I utilize play therapy, CBT, PCIT and Sand Tray along with family sessions. When children play, their imaginations take over and they are in a world of their own. Play Therapy is one of the best therapeutic models for children because it gives them the opportunity to develop skills they may be struggling with, including understanding and regulating their emotions. Play also provides a familiar way for children to process situations such as loss, divorce, bullying, etc. With adolescents I spend time developing trust so they will feel comfortable in sharing their innermost feelings. I utilize a variety of treatment modalities depending on the individual teen’s needs.

What if my teen doesn’t want me to participate?

When we first meet, we will discuss your concerns as a parent as well as the concerns of your teen. We will discuss confidentiality and privacy and work together to decide when parents need to be involved in therapy.