Joe Alexander

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Joe Alexander, LCSW, Counseling on Burnside
I have a Master’s degree in Social Work from Smith College in Massachusetts and have been a therapist for more than 30 years. I specialize in individual counseling for depression and anxiety as well as family and couples therapy. My specialty areas are addictions of all types (chemical, pornography, overeating and gambling) as well as dynamic work with couples. I have also been a therapist with Kaiser-Permanente’s outpatient alcohol and drug program. I have led many addictions and codependency groups for Kaiser and have also done groups for the Oregon Attorney Assistance Program.

In 2007 my wife, Dr. Gail Karvonen, and I moved our offices to focus on a mind-body approach to healing. This approach includes counseling as well as chiropractic and many forms of massage. My focus on mindfulness, which promotes relaxation and diminishes anxiety, arises directly out of my 30 years of yoga and meditation practice as well as my extensive training in Gestalt Therapy.

Email: joe@counselingonburnside.com

Ruth Berger

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Ruth Berger, LCSW, Counseling on Burnside
I have been a practicing clinical social work for the past 20 years and received my Master’s Degree from Fordham University in New York City. I then received advanced psychodynamic training from the 5th Ave. Center for Psychotherapy, also in NYC. I have done advanced trainings in a variety of treatment and practice settings.

I work with individuals, couples and young adults with issues around depression, anxiety, relationships, life transitions and self esteem. I use techniques from psychodynamic, relational and cognitive behavioral models, being flexible in technique by listening to the thoughts and needs of the client.

I believe that an individual’s or couple’s unconscious dynamics can keep them from making the positive changes they wish to make in their lives. Together we can uncover the issues that are holding you back from your goals, and allow you to find ways to feel more successful in your work, relationships and life.

 

Email: ruth@counselingonburnside.com

Angie Johnson

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I graduated from the University of Utah with a Master’s degree in social work and am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). I have experience working with children and adolescents, as well as adults and families, focusing on issues including depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma and attachment. I use trauma informed models in my practice and have extensive experience in crisis intervention. I am skilled at working with all types of children and families and ensure that all are informed as we work together as a team throughout the counseling process. Therapy models I utilize include play therapy, SPARCS, CBT, and Trauma Focused CBT. In my spare time I love reading, traveling and spending time with my family.

Jennifer Warren

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have nearly 20 years of experience providing individual, couple, family, and group counseling. I am skilled in creating new ways of engaging with clients to help them recognize and change existing behavior patterns that are no longer productive.  I use my natural intuition and compassion to offer non-judgmental emotional comfort and support. My experience as a former self-defense instructor, group therapist in violence prevention/recovery, and as a crisis intervention worker allow me to meet clients where they are in their journey to personal change and contentment.

I have experience in helping people with Depression, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Distress, Domestic Violence, LGBTQIA, Divorce, Infertility, Chronic Illness/pain, Sexual Abuse/Assault, Workplace Conflict, End of Life, Pornography Addiction, and Anger Management. I also have experience in Polyamorous partner and family counseling. I received my Masters of Social Welfare degree from Portland State University in 2000, and I graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Psychology with Honors in 1990. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who has lived in Portland, Oregon since 1997.

 

Email: jennifer@counselingonburnside.com