Hello and Welcome! My name is Meghan Opbroek (she/her). I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate with the state of Oregon. I provide counseling and therapy for individuals seeking freedom and relief from pain related to trauma, anxiety, depression, and whatever else is getting in the way of you living the life you want. I’ve worked with folks exploring personality, identity, sexuality, relationships, motivation, body image, the multitude of gender representation, fear of self or others, feelings of worthlessness and despair, and a loss or exploration of identity. I help people recovering from historical and multi-generational trauma, violence, discrimination, and external as well as internal oppression.
Being a human is hard and trying to change, whether big or small, is even harder. I hope to help you develop in the ways that make sense for you in your life. I believe firmly that the relationship between a therapist and a client is one of the most important factors leading to positive change. My plan is not to “fix” you, nor is it to assume that I know what’s best. My clients and I work together to develop goals and move at the pace they need.
My practice is inclusive and affirming. I’ve done, and continue to do, my own work understanding both my privileged and marginalized identities and where they come in to play in my relationships with clients. I’m dedicated to the continuous work involved in knowing one’s biases and beliefs. I’ve worked with folks from all backgrounds, abilities, and cultures. My practice is not tolerant, it’s affirming. Affirming of all relationship types, sexual orientations, religions, spiritual practices or rituals, body types, kink leaning and lifestyles, races, ethnicity, cultures, gender representations and identities, ages, documentation statuses, socio-economic statuses, educational backgrounds, and work with those who feel all of these labels are oppressive and care not to identify with any of them.
I am not a counselor that “sits there and nods”. I am an active participant in the counseling process. I do not participate in a haphazard way. I apply great intention to my choice of words and challenges that are always centered around your needs. I will normalize and validate your experience and I will also challenge you. I do so sometimes gently and sometimes directly yet never critically and always with curiosity and deep care for your goals and humanity. I check in regularly with my clients to see if I’m attuned to their needs and make adjustments when I get it wrong always seeking to deepen our connection and walk with you in your therapeutic process.
I received my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Portland State University. If you’re into the technical stuff, my work is rooted in traditional and contemporary psychodynamic theory, specifically Attachment Theory and Object Relations Theory. If you aren’t into the technical stuff this can be summed up to say I believe people become who they are in relation to others. This understanding is shaped by early childhood relationships with important people. These relationships help us make sense of others, who we are in this world, and sometimes trick us into believing that our learned self is our only possible self. Understanding who you are as a person, parent, child, friend, partner, or any other identity, is key to happiness and well-being. Through this understanding, we reinforce aspects of our true self and prune away the concepts of self that not only do not serve us but are detrimental to our fullness. My work and how I make sense of the world are grounded in relational theories and I will happily discuss this in more depth during a consultation. So please, if you need freedom from a life that doesn’t work for you anymore, let’s chat and see if we are a good fit.
I offer individual counseling sessions. My rate is $100- per 50 minute session. I offer a free 30 minute phone or zoom consultation. I often have some appointments reserved at a sliding-scale fee. Please ask me about my available sliding-scale openings and I may be able to work with you. I do not accept insurance at this time.
All sessions are done using teletherapy unless otherwise specified.
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