Who I am
I am a licensed professional counselor and business owner who enjoys helping people resolve the tensions in their life and business. I'm good at figuring out what's going on and what the obstacles are that are getting in your way, and developing effective strategies for you to make some changes to get the results you're looking for. I'm a good communicator and relate well to many people, which is a strength as I work with people through challenging issues or making difficult changes. I'm also an encourager by nature so while I am focused and detail-oriented, I also want to help you see your strengths and how you can use those to your benefit.
As a business owner, I am familiar with the demands and responsibilities of keeping things running and managing staff. There are many key principles all successful business must follow in order to operate smoothly and be sustainably profitable. Sometimes being too close to the business can create blindspots you cannot see, and sometimes we as business owners get in our own way. I believe all business owners want to be successful, and I want to collaborate to relieve operational tensions to increase success.
I own two small business in Oregon; the first I started on my own in 2007 and the second I created with a business partner in 2016. I am active in my community, I am a runner and athlete, and I try to live an overall healthy lifestyle. I have been married to my wife for 15 years and we have two sons together.
Years in Practice as Counselor: 12 Years
Years in Practice as Clinical Supervisor: 5 Years
Years in Practice as Business Consultant: 1 Year
Licenses: Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)
Certifications: Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor I
Me as a Counselor
I love people. I love helping people. I love figuring out with people what's not working the way they'd like it to and walking with them through the process toward achieving their goals. I try to balance giving practical guidance that builds skill toward the immediate circumstances while also looking to resolve the deeper issues so whatever problems you're struggling with don't keep popping up.
I specialize in Trauma and PTSD, Relationship Issues and Anxiety, though I can also help with the following:
Sleep or Insomnia
Men and women
Therapeutic Orientation and Interventions
Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Internal Family Systems (IFS) for Complex Trauma
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Fee: $150/session (initial assessment session is $175)
Accepts Insurance: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna, Cigna, MHN, Providence, Regence BCBS, United
Payment Methods: Cash or check preferred, credit/debit card, HSA & FSA cards
I work with supervisees similarly to how I work with clients: I want to help them identify and develop their counselor identity, become comfortable and confident with it, then work to build skills in alignment with that identity. This is a collaborative process where I go in and out of various roles as teacher, counselor, and consultant with my supervisees, depending on where they're at and what needs they have. The counselors I have supervised have all said the same thing about this process: it challenges them and is a difficult process, but it's exactly what they were hoping for and has brought them to the place they wanted to be as a professional counselor.
I provide supervision in both the 1:1 setting and in a high-functioning group setting. The individual setting allows supervisees to be more vulnerable and gives us opportunities to specialize our plans and work together. The group setting, however, is a rich environment for supervisees to share their knowledge and experiences, gain support from others to normalize and encourage one another, and to gain a unique self-perspective that can be more easily seen in the group setting.
Supervision Training: Portland State University, 2015
Years Supervising: 4 Years
Supervision of my Supervision
My Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Aasheim
How I Can Help
Business are like family: they operate as a system with various relationships and dynamics between everyone, and most business owners invest themselves deeply into their work, which makes it meaningful and valuable.
I am in the process of developing my system for performing a needs assessment, presenting findings, and providing recommendations. Stay tuned! I will be rolling this out in 2019, and will provide more information at a later date.
Phone: (971) 777-5323
Email: Aaron Potratz