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

Katy Hartnett Boruff

Licensed Professional Counselor

Katy Hartnett Boruff, LPC, Counseling on Burnside

I received an MA in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illiniois in 2007 and I have been working as a therapist and supervisor ever since. My background is primarily in higher education and private practice. I view the relationship between therapist and client as a partnership. We need to work together to get you where you want to be. I’m comfortable working with a variety of concerns (depression, anxiety, relational problems, trauma, sexual identity issues, low self-esteem, poor body image, etc.) as well as a variety of different types of clients (all ages, ethnicities and sexual orientations welcome). I take a solution-focused approach to counseling, which means that we will set goals and work together to achieve those goals. Other approaches that I integrate into treatment are cognitive behavioral techniques, psychodynamic theory and mindfulness. I’d be happy to answer any questions that you have about me or my approach to therapy. I hope to hear from you!

Email: katy@counselingonburnside.com

Rebekah Clark

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Rebekah Clark, LCSW, Counseling on Burnside

I have been practicing clinical social work for over 25 years and received my Master’s Degree from Syracuse University. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety and depression and have extensive experience with people who are adjusting to losses in their lives. I have worked in hospice, geriatric and other hospital settings. I work primarily with individuals and also see families. I teach mindfulness strategies, communication skills and boundary setting to help people improve their relationships with others and themselves. My experience has taught me that no matter where or why people are seeking help they have the same “people problems” that are exacerbated by stress.

Email: rebekah@counselingonburnside.com

Angie Johnson

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Angela Johnson, LCSW, Counseling on Burnside

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.

Email: angie@counselingonburnside.com

Karla Wolf

Licensed Professional Counselor

Karla Wolf,  LPC, Counseling on Burnside

Leonard Cohen sang; “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” We all have cracks and eventually those cracks can lead us to reaching out and getting support and in turn to finding our wisdom, light and wholeness. Counseling is more than talking about your problems and it can do more than just make your life more bearable. Counseling can help you improve your overall well-being and relationships. It can teach you ways to cope with situations and relationships that are causing you stress. It can help you deal with feelings of anxiety, anger, fear, panic, frustration and disappointment and give you tools to address depression, loss, self-esteem and trauma. In counseling you can develop the skills and self-confidence to create a life for yourself that is filled with meaning and purpose and a life in which you are aware of and in charge of your own needs; a life in which your cracks let the light get in and you shine.

It is gratifying for me to accompany you on your counseling journey. I think everyone’s story is unique and each person has their own abilities and wisdom to find their way, develop the tools they need to be anchor for themselves and their loved ones. I am honored to support you on this journey. Whether you need help in navigating your relationship with yourself, your child or parent, your friend or relative, your boss or coworker or your spouse or partner, we will find a way together. I use collaborative problem solving (CPS) and compassionate communication (NVC) modalities to resolve conflict and facilitate communication in your relationships. In your relationship with yourself, if you have not ever been taught ways to anchor and soothe yourself, we will start there, learning these skills. I use mindfulness, yoga, DBT, and EFT modalities to build this self-care toolbox. All of us have had some traumas in our life. If you have current or past traumas that you would like to resolve, I offer EMDR therapy. EMDR can accelerate counseling by resolving the impact of your past traumas and allowing you to live more fully in the present. The mind often can heal itself naturally, just as the body does, and EMDR facilitates this healing. My overall counseling approach draws on the modalities I have learned and practiced and on your wisdom about yourself and your life and needs.

I hold a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College and have over 20 years of counseling experience. I have worked with adults, teens, parents and couples addressing issues of trauma, PTSD, grief/loss, depression, anxiety, abuse, stress, relationships, anger, addiction, co-dependency, separation/divorce & parenting. I bring a social justice perspective to my work and will support you in recognizing the ways oppression and related traumas have affected your sense of self and well-being, adding to your cracks. My counseling style is down to earth, casual and warm. I love working with people and I learn from each of you every day.

Email: karla@counselingonburnside.com