WHY: Context Matters

Western science reduces experience and other processes down to understand them. Reduction has helped the scientific community understand a great deal in the medical world.  However, when people’s emotions are reduced to something like a simple chemical imbalance there is no clear path to health. How much serotonin is too much? How little is too little? How do we test for these chemicals? If there is an imbalance, what contributed to it in the first place? And if it is…

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WHY: Cash Only

For both of us at Cascadia Family Therapy, 2017 is about making our practice and philosophy known. This is the first of many blogs, and in the future videos, about what we do and more importantly, why we do what we do. You may have already read our webpage about why we are a cash only practice. On that page we list some consumer benefits of paying cash for psychotherapy like confidentiality and mental illness diagnosis. Many health insurance plans do not pay…

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4 Ways to Change (right now!)

There is a tendency in our culture to think that change, like love, is just something that happens. However, there are steps or access points to engage in change. Use a combination of these access points and watch the results pile up. I will list these from easiest to more difficult. Physical State: One way to encourage yourself to think differently or make different decisions is to get in a good work out. If you are using a workout for…

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Inclement Weather Policy

I wanted to take a moment as we are under yet another snow storm warning to share our weather policy. As soon as you suspect you will not be able to make it to your scheduled session, please send a text, an email, or leave a voicemail letting your therapist know. We follow the Bend-La Pine school districts closures but also allow clients to discern for themselves whether or not it is safe for them to drive to their session….

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Our Passion

At Cascadia Family Therapy, we are passionate about providing therapy to couples and families. Some of that passion comes from the imperative situation standard “mental health care” has put young kids in. It has become common practice to diagnose children with mental illnesses that only 20 or 30 years ago were thought to be unethical to diagnose a child with (i.e. Bipolar Disorder). Excellent therapy that helps young people cope with stressors whether biological or environmental, shouldn’t come at the…

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