You are worried about your child. Your marriage isn’t what you think it should be. You feel discouraged about where things are at in your life.
It feels overwhelming…
The good thing is you are open to seeking help!
It takes courage to face your pain. And you are done pushing past your hurts and overwhelm.
You don’t have to figure out everything on your own.
I am here to be your support and your guide. I am here to help you find answers to your struggles. I can come alongside you and help you repair your most important relationships in life.
I can help your relationship trough Couples Counseling
Is your relationship struggling?
Maybe you are finding it harder to really connect with your partner.
Or maybe there are patterns in your relationship that are hurtful and you just don’t know how to get unstuck.
I am happy to walk beside you as we journey together towards healing and greater connection for you as a couple.
When I work with couples, I primarily use Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, or EFT, to help you and your partner find more understanding of each other and strengthen your love bond.
EFT is a well-researched approach that is efficient and highly effective. Over 20 years of EFT research shows that 75% of couples move from distress to recovery and the other 15% show significant improvement in their relationship.
Let me be your support through Child and Family Therapy
Feeling like no matter what you are doing, your family is falling apart?
Maybe your child is suffering and struggling and you just don’t know what else you can do?
The disconnection can be so painful. So much worry and energy go into holding things together on your own. It can all be so much to carry.
I help children who struggle with anxiety and depression. I enjoy guiding families in renewing their connection with each other and in helping them deal with the challenges that parenting brings.
My go to approach with younger children (3-9) is Play Therapy. Play is a child’s natural language. Non-directive play therapy allows for children to explore and heal in ways that do not require them to use words.
Filial therapy works in the world of the child and invites parents to come into their inner world. This is done by inviting you into our play session. Together we create an explorative, safe space where your child feels heard and seen.
For older children (9+), I integrate expressive therapy and other therapeutic games to help your child get to a better place in life. Expressive therapy uses art, poetry, journaling, sandtray or other kinds of tools integrated with talk therapy to explore emotions that are sometimes unable to be adequately touched on through conventional talk therapy. Expressive therapy invites us to utilize all parts of the brain, heart, and spirit and move towards healing.
Family therapy allows us to all come together and explore both your child’s and your hurts and needs as a parent. Together through creative explorative therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and at times filial therapy, I can guide your family to greater healing and connection. I want to help you!
Let me be your guide trough Teen and Family Counseling
Teen years are probably the most challenging in our lifespan. Being a parent of a teen is also so-so hard.
It can be exhausting to give everything you have and balance all that you do, and still have a disconnection in your relationship with your teen.
And it can be so painful to watch your teen struggle with worry or depression, self-harm or peer relationships and not know how to best help them.
I would like to be a supportive hand and heart that can help you explore your teen’s needs and hurts in a safe and creative way.
Sometimes talk therapy is not enough in itself to explore the root of your teen’s struggles. I love integrating expressive techniques, like art, music, sand-tray, journaling or poetry to dive into your teen’s heart and their struggles.
Every teenager is unique and I enjoy finding together with your teen what fits and empowering them along the way.
I will be an empathetic guide to you, as a parent, on how to navigate your teen’s attitudes and how to support them in these formative years.
Some therapists do most of their work individually with teens. I am a firm believer in making family therapy a big part of teen’s time in counseling.
Individual counseling is best supported with a foundation of family connection and therapy. Bringing everyone together is a way to strengthen and explore what is going on individually but also as a whole.
Lasting change and healing is possible!
I can work with you and your family towards the connection, healing, and support that you all need!
I am a graduate of George Fox University. I hold a Master’s degree in Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling.
My Bachelor of Science is in Psychology and Social Sciences from Portland State University.
My training in Play Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy greatly inform my work. I am committed to always growing as a therapist by pursuing further education to be highly equipped to help you and your family.
A little bit about me
I am a busy mom of two girls, married to my high school sweetheart.
My husband is a resident physician, we balance a lot! I understand the daily chaos that comes with trying to maintain healthy relationships and striving to find times of connection. I know what it feels like to be overwhelmed, tired of juggling it all. In my personal experience, therapy has helped me sort through life’s challenges and find empowerment.
In my free time, I enjoy soaking up time with my loved ones. As a family, we enjoy hikes in the Gorge and going to the beach. I also enjoy art, going to plays and painting.
Are you ready to start couples or family counseling?
Let me help you with your most important relationships!
I encourage you to schedule your counseling appointment online.
Not ready to schedule your first appointment yet?
Give us a call and we will be happy to answer your questions (360) 356-8756
Rates information is here.
I look forward to meeting you!
D’Auna Barton, LMFTA
What my clients say:
“The work we do with D’Auna is different than other kinds of couples counseling we have done. And we have done a lot of counseling! It seems as though we are really getting somewhere.”
– Couple in their 50’s, Portland, OR
“We trust D’Auna, she has a way of seeing both points of view and bringing us together.”
– Couple in their 30’s, Portland, OR
“[D’Auna], thank you for taking time to really hear me.”
– 13 year old teen, Portland, OR