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The future depends onwhat you do in the present
African American Couple

Michelle Nelson Sinn

“Our deepest calling is to grow into our authentic self-hood, whether or not it conforms to some image of who we ought to be. As we do so, we will not only find the joy that every human being seeks-we will also find our path of authentic service in the world.” Parker Palmer

My Experience //Philosophy and Theoretical Approach
For most of us, life is filled with both suffering and celebration. We face many experiences that call forth our strengths and our vulnerabilities, our joys and our pain.

As a Marriage and Family Therapist for the past 27 years, it is my privilege to work with people as they navigate their unique life experiences and work toward goals of healing and health. I was a full time therapist on the staff of Lutheran Counseling Network, a non-profit agency, serving the greater Puget Sound area from 1989-2014. I moved to the Portland area in 2014 and am excited to work with people in this community.  I work with individuals, couples and families to identify their goals and hopes. I assist them by exploring strengths and possibilities for growth, providing support, new perspectives and encouragement.  I believe that everyone holds the wisdom to affect meaning and satisfaction in their lives and relationships. My model of therapy is primarily drawn from family systems theory which focuses on connections in relationships and patterns of interactions. I also draw from dialectical behavioral and cognitive behavioral therapy, which both explore our inner “systems”, i.e., how our thoughts and beliefs influence our feelings, behaviors and relationships.  I am particularly interested and have experience in helping clients integrate their unique spirituality with their therapy and overall self -care. Recent research is confirming the intricate connections that exist between body, mind and spirit. Our life experiences confirm that we are intricately connected to one another and our world.

My Formal Education/Training/Licenses:
I completed an accredited two year post-graduate program in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Presbyterian Counseling Service in Seattle, WA in 1988. I completed my Master’s Degree in Theological Education from Luther Theological Seminary in 1981. I graduated with a B.A. in Social Welfare from the University of Minnesota in 1977. I am a Clinical Fellow with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. I have been working with families since 1977 and have done individual, couple and family therapy since 1987. I am also trained to administer and interpret the Prepare/Enrich Inventory for Premarital couples.

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in OR #T1035
  • Clinical Fellow of The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Trained Administer of Prepare/Enrich Inventory for Premarital Couples
  • Board Member of Consultation to Clergy


My rate is $155 for the initial appointment for payment using debit or credit card or $150 if paying by cash or check.  And $130 / $125 for subsequent 50 minute sessions.

Office hours: Tuesday-Wednesday  9am -7pm
                     

Please contact me by clicking on the “Appointment Request” tab, then please type “Michelle Sinn” in the subject line or email me directly at mnsinn@gmail.com

Areas of Particular Interest to Me:
   Depression and Anxiety / Grief and Loss / Chronic Illness / Caregiving
   Couple and Family Relationships / Life Transitions
   Spirituality / Meditation / Mindfulness
   Pastoral Counseling