Posts filed under "therapist"

Question: I Have ADHD. How can I get help in school?

Dr. Keith Miller responds:

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Students who have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD and are attending the University of Oregon are commonly able to access a variety of accommodations through the Accessible Education Center (AEC).    Possible accommodations include: extended testing time; reduced distraction testing; access to instructor notes/slides; advance notice of reading assignments; ability to audio record lectures; books in audio format.  Instructors are legally required to provide extended testing time and use of a reduced distraction testing environment.  Most instructors at the University of Oregon are very supportive of students with learning differences/ learning disabilities/ ADD/ADHD.

I tailor my work with adolescents with ADD/ADHD based on their age, maturity level, their parents desired level of involvement, and their specific areas of difficulty.   I typically address issues such as: time management (using a planner); organization; setting up systems of external accountability; developing healthy peer relationships; communicating effectively with parents and teachers; strategies for minimizing the negative impact of ADD/ADHD on academic functioning; and strategies for utilizing strengths commonly found in individuals with ADD/ADHD to improve funcitoning.  

I prefer to work with parents and teens simultaneously.  Often I work with parents to clarify their expectations; increase their positive communication with teachers and counselors at school; and increase the use of contingent parenting practices that provides both predictable rewards and consequences.  I support the use of tools such as school cards and school based assignment monitoring systems.

 If you are interested in working with Dr. Miller, you can schedule a free 15 minute phone consult with Vista by clicking here.

Posted on April 2, 2013 and filed under "ADHD", "Miller", "children", "counseling", "therapist".

Meet Keith....

Keith Miller, PhD  is a talented psychologist on the Vista Team.  As you'll see below, Dr. Miller loves working with a wide range of clients.  He also works with us as part of the team at the Vista ADHD Clinic.  If you are interested in working with Dr. Miller, 

you can schedule a free 15 minute phone consult with Vista by clicking here.

What inspired you to pursue a career in therapy?

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A love of people, finding energy through meaningful conversation, a desire to help families find their way around common relationship stumbling blocks–these are but a few of the inspirations leading me toward a career in therapy.  However, my most influential experience has been growing up with a younger brother on the Autism Spectrum.  This experience has made me intimately aware of the dance we humans do between social norms and self-acceptance.  I realized early the importance of compassion and recognizing that every one of us has struggles along the way to being our best self.

What types of people do you love to work with?

Parents, children, adolescents, adults, and couples –essentially I love working with people of all ages and at all stages of life.

I enjoy helping people find ways out of their head and into relationships.  I like to support people in identifying patterns of thinking and acting that are getting them stuck.  But even more, I love helping people build relationships based on putting their values into action.

Who are your role models/heroes?

All those people out there who are struggling to do the best that they can for themselves and for others  --those who are working to live a meaningful life.   

Why do you love working in therapy?

Quite simply, I love working in therapy because I find my clients inspiring.

What is the best advice for people considering therapy?

Considering therapy? I encourage you to find a therapist with whom you are able to establish a warm working relationship.  Find a therapist who uses evidence-based strategies for helping you and your family.  Find someone who encourages you to apply what you learn in therapy to your everyday life.   Find someone who focuses on your strengths and celebrates your past, current, and future successes!

How do you recharge your batteries, and nurture yourself?  

I recharge by drinking coffee!   Well, only partially.  I really recharge by spending time with my family and friends, and by staying active. I love following my son into his latest greatest fascination (currently, its an eraser collection).   I enjoy long trail runs, coaching, watching the Ducks, writing poetry, photography, and learning something new.

Posted on April 1, 2013 and filed under "Miller", "therapist".

Meet Stephanie...

Stephanie Steele, LMFT is one of our couples counseling specialists at Vista. Many relationships have benefitted from their well-spent time with Stephanie.  She also loves working with individuals.  

Want Stephanie to help you?  You can schedule a free 15 minute phone consult with Vista by clicking here

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1. What inspired you to pursue a career in therapy?

I have always wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. I took an undergraduate course in marriage and family therapy and realized therapy was my true calling. I have always felt that no one should settle for anything less than genuinely happy and wanted to not only share that belief with friends and family but also help others connect and achieve their life goals.

2. What types of people do you love to work with?

I love to work with anyone who is willing to work outside of therapy as well as during our sessions. I am solution-focused by nature and strive to get a lot accomplished in the therapy room, but I also hope to send clients home with things to think about or try throughout the week. I work mostly with couples, adults and teens.

3. Who are your role models/heroes?

I look up to individuals who are not afraid of failure in order to pursue their passions. John and Julie Gottman are role models in that aspect. They truly want to make their research known in order to change the way our society views marriages and relationships, and I believe that is truly admirable. My friends and family are my own personal heroes for their spontaneity, adventurous nature, steadfastness, confidence, ability to achieve their dreams, and unconditional love.

4. Why do you love working in therapy?

I love to see people’s lives change in front of my eyes – not because of me, but because they have allowed themselves that hour each week to pay close attention to their life and put efforts in to change it for the better.

5. What is the best advice for people considering therapy?

My best advice is to try not to let others’ experiences of therapy influence your own. Therapy is very personal, and each therapeutic interaction is different. If you wish to invest the time and energy, it can be life changing. Nothing is more important than starting that process as soon as possible.

6. How do you recharge your batteries, and nurture yourself?

I enjoy spending time with my husband and two dogs. I love to watch movies, read new books of any genre, and travel to new places.

Check out Stephanie's free web seminar, Ensuring a Happy Relationship, by clicking here.

Posted on March 16, 2013 and filed under "counseling", "couples", "steele", "therapist".

Meet Michele...

Our first in a series of interviews with our great team at Vista.  Here's the first one, with Michele Markstrom, LMFT.  Michele loves working with adults as well as families.  She also works with us as part of the team at the Vista ADHD Clinic.

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What inspired you to pursue a career in therapy?

Becoming a therapist in 2001 was a natural progression in my career after working with families in the community for 10 years. I wanted the training and knowledge of a Master's degree in counseling so that I would be better skilled at helping people. 

What types of people do you love to work with?

I enjoy working with families to find creative solutions that resolve ongoing relationship challenges.  I also enjoy working with individuals as well.  I love to work with people who have been suffering with anxiety and/or depression and are ready or almost ready to try and do something different. 

Why do you love working in therapy?

I really enjoy creating a safe, supportive  environment for people to work on the changes they want to see.

5. What is the best advice for people considering therapy?

 If someone is considering therapy, I think its most important to have a good connection with your therapist. You need to"click" with each other so that you can optimize the possibility of change.

6. How do you recharge your batteries, and nurture yourself?

 I am working on nurturing myself by focusing on eating healthy and exercising. I also enjoy my two new grandchildren and spending money on airplane tickets to go see them. They are my new heroes. 

Ever wondered how you can improve your relationship with your child?  Check out Michele's Webinar, available now for free on YouTube.

Want Michele to help you?  Click here to schedule a free 15 minute phone consult here

Posted on March 11, 2013 and filed under "children", "markstrom", "therapist".