Counseling &  Psychotherapy


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COUNSELING & PSYCHOTHERAPY​ for  Children, Teenagers, Adults and Couples

Eugene, Albany & Telehealth

Shirah Canaga, LPC

Eugene Therapist

My name is Shirah Canaga. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Oregon and a National Certified Counselor. I was born and raised in Oregon and feel blessed to call myself an Oregonian. I enjoy spending time with my family and participating in my hobbies. Some of my hobbies include quilting, cooking, hiking, rafting and watching basketball.

I welcome people from all walks of life and diverse backgrounds who are looking for help. I identify as a Christian and value my faith. My Christianity has shaped my view of life. I absolutely respect and value other beliefs, spirituality, cultures, and lifestyles. I have worked with people from multiple faiths and cultural backgrounds, while respecting their personal beliefs and practices. 

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Can I help you ?

I offer Psychotherapy and Counseling for individual adults, couples and teenagers 13 years and up.


Psychotherapy and counseling can be helpful in a variety of issues. You can ask for my help if you have challenges in the the following areas:

Trauma and PTSD, single event trauma or complex trauma (abusive childhood or relationships)

Depression and Sadness

Anxiety, Panic, Worry or Stress

Identity, Self-Esteem issues, Spirituality, or Life transition

Marriage and Relationship Challenges

Postpartum depression and Postpartum anxiety



Approach

  As a counselor, I provide a trauma-focused and person-centered approach to help individuals, couples, and families, make their own choices to move toward a healthy lifestyle. I believe people can become more in balance with themselves and in their relationships by understanding themselves and becoming aware of their needs and issues. I provide psychoeducation around the brain, limbic system, and nervous system. I use polyvagal interventions to help people understand their own nervous system.    


Therapeutic Focus

I offer a treatment approach towards healing which includes Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy with a Somatic and Attachment focus lens. EMDR helps move the storage of a disturbing memory to a more functional part of the brain. Additionally, I utilize an integrative approach working within a framework of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) , Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Somatic Therapies, and Gottman Therapy,

Experience

  My academic coursework and counseling experience consist of crisis intervention, trauma-informed-practices, outpatient counseling services, substance abuse, career counseling, grief counseling and strength-based interventions.

 Since 2016 I have served children, adults, couples and groups in a therapeutic setting. My outpatient experience includes working for an EMDR focused clinic, Griffin & Associate Practitioner, Lane Community College, and Lane County Behavioral Health. I’ve also worked for the Department of Human Services (DHS) as a Child Welfare Caseworker and a Behavioral Specialist. I currently teach a college success class at Lane Community College. 

Formal Training and Education

 I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Oregon and a National Certified Counselor from the National Board of Certified Counselors. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Services from the University of Oregon and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bushnell University. I’m a member of EMDRIA and earned my EMDR certification. I participate in continuing education every year, to meet the standards of my license and to improve my knowledge and skills as a counselor.

Hours and Billing

Sessions are scheduled by appointment and are usually 45-55 minutes long depending on insurance and individual need.

In-Person sessions and TeleHealth available


Monday 2.30PM - 7.30PM

Wednesday 2.30PM - 7.30PM

Friday 6PM-8PM (Telehealth only)

I am in-network with:

  • PacificSource OHP (PSCS)
  • PacificSource (Commercial insurance)

I will be be in network soon with: 

  • Regence BCSB
  • Providence
  • Moda

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