I am Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Oregon with over four years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, trauma and abuse, mood disorders, PTSD, psychotic disorders, and developmental disorders. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.
My approach is two-fold with the first goal being to create a relationship that is respectful, empathetic, and professional. It is impossible for someone to open up to someone without building a relationship based on trust, honesty, and open communication. The next goal is to examine to need for change and what that may actually look like for you. Often individuals and couples want to create change in their lives but are not willing to give up those things that are preventing change, and overcoming that resistance and barriers to prevent the desired change from occurring.
I always utilize a Person-Centered approach with all my client’s regardless of personal background, as everyone’s experience is unique to themselves, and utilize listening to understand rather than listening to reply, understanding with empathy and unconditional positive regard, while also staying true to whom I am as a counselor and professional in helping the client. I also will always evaluate motivation for change, barriers to change, and work with clients to overcome those barriers, even if the barrier is the client themselves. This is called Motivational Interviewing, and is important to ensure that the client is willing to embrace change, create a plan for change, take action steps, and maintain the gains.
The second phase requires exploration, and creating changes in thinking and behaviors that promotes healthier and more positive ways of interacting in the world to reach individual client goals and improve functioning. This is achieved through Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies that increase awareness and mindfulness of the here and now, and how to problem-solve and make positive decisions and provides for best possible outcomes for yourselves and loved ones. When client have limited resources and lack time to go deeply into their problems, I utilize a brief solution focused style that utilizes mindfulness and staying focused on here and now issues rather than a deep drive into a client’s background. I also utilize, what is called existential therapy for individuals whom lack purpose or meaning in their own lives.
I believe that the client is the expert in their own lives, and I am there to help them return toward the path they wish to be on in life, and learn to experience the journey of life with the skills to avoid and cope with the tragedies and triumph we face on that journey. I look forward to getting to working with you and help you reach the goals that will get you back on your journey with confidence and resilience.
Regards: Dale Troutman, MS, LPC, CADC-I, NCC
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Avoidant Personality, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dependent Personality, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hearing Impaired, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Love, Sexuality, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Social Anxiety and Phobia
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
OR LPC C6579
Dale was a great cansolour. He listen with respect, undrestand client's issues with heart, and help with all of his knowledge. He is not judgmental at all. He follows up very well. I strongly recommend him.
Written on May 13, 2023 after therapy with Dale for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and anger management
Dale worked with me for about 7 months. We worked on everything from confronting demons from my past to grief and loss. Dale always had very insightful perspectives that helped shed light on whatever subject we discussed. Never once did I feel ashamed or judged for my actions or lack there of. I will always appreciate the sense of self confidence Dale helped to instill. I will always be grateful to Dale.
Written on Mar 16, 2023 after therapy with Dale for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd
Dale is fantastic. He is very empathetic and does great work. I feel much better about the issues I am dealing with and we have worked on a plan so that I can continue to move forward.
Written on Feb 21, 2023 after therapy with Dale for 2 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd
Dale has been exactly what I was looking for in my therapy experience. He was a good listener about the things going in my life and has the life experience to relate me in order to give me what I needed. I only talked with him for 5 sessions but really got a lot out of our conversations, and can take tools and mindsets I learned from him with me into my future.
Written on Jan 26, 2023 after therapy with Dale for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching
Dale is an excellent listener and helped me navigate through a traumatic event that I experienced at work. He provided strategies to help me process through it and it has helped so much that it hasn’t been impacting me anymore. If something were to occur, I’ll definitely contact Dale again.
Written on Jan 20, 2023 after therapy with Dale for 1 month on issues concerning trauma and abuse, and adhd
When I first started using betterhelp.com, I was asked several questions to aid in choosing my therapist. I couldn't have made a better choice with Dale Troutman. He guided me in a thoughtful, concerned and compassionate way. His approach to my self-care allowed me to make the difficult decisions and tough realizations myself. His attentive relevant feedback guided me towards making the important choices I needed to make on what’s the next right thing to do. And then he watched me achieve many of my goals. I appreciate this approach versus him simply telling me what I needed to do or must do. He helped me discover the vital importance of taking care of myself first before anything else can be addressed. I’m very happy with the direction I’m going now. Especially in the area of taking better care of myself both mentally and physically. Dale also showed me various methods and mindsets I can use to stay consciously aware of when communicating with those people that are the most important in my life. He showed me various approaches I can use to better express myself. And even more important, how to listen to others, really listen, and understand to the best of my ability, the true meaning of the message or feelings of those in my close relationships are trying to convey rather than me simply listening to formulate my own reply. My sessions with Dale helped me immensely in getting to the better place I needed to be, and I feel his therapy approach allows me to maintain the best possible positive outlook going forward. A BIG Thank You to Dale!
Written on Jan 19, 2023 after therapy with Dale for 3 months on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, and coping with life changes