Evidence-Based Mental Health Counseling and Consultation in Partnership with Clients

Okay, so a bit about me. I have over 25 years of experience in social services, including more than 15 years in mental health. I earned my Master of Social Work degree in 1997 from San Diego State University, and have been a licensed clinical social worker in Oregon for 15 years. I've lived in the Eugene-Springfield area for over 30 years, and have been married to my wife Maryanne for 28 years.

Over two decades as a social services professional, I've worked for ShelterCare (14 years), Lane Community College (7 years), Gateways Counseling/Consulting Services (2 years), Portland State University (in the MSW program, for 2 years) and in private practice for over 7 years. In addition, I have supervised more than 60 mental health counselors since 2010, and am currently providing clinical supervision for 15-20 counselors who are working toward professional licensure.

For seven years, I taught in the Social Sciences Department at Lane Community College. I've taught the following courses during this time: Introduction to Human Services, Crisis Intervention, Ethics &Law, Casework Interviewing, Advanced Counseling (Motivational Interviewing), Trauma Outcomes, Best Practices in Human Services, and Personal Effectiveness for the Human Services Worker. In addition, I taught classes in the Master of Social Work program at Portland State University .

In addition, I am proud to say that I was selected to serve as a member of the NAMI Lane County Board of Directors in the Spring of 2017, and completed this term in March 2019. More on this wonderful organization here.

To view my professional profile on LinkedIn, visit the following link: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gene-obersinner-99a62a53?trk=hp-identity-name.

For more information about the counseling process and what it's all about, please see my page about this.

about meGene Obersinner, LCSW

Client-Centered Therapy Utilizing Evidence-Based Models

One thing you may be wondering about me is the type of counseling theories and models I use. While I tend to draw from a variety of models, I most often use Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Existential Therapy tools. To list all models that I use would be pretty exhaustive. I pay close attention to evidence-based practices for whatever problem(s) clients are coping with. 

More information on MI can be found at http://www.motivationalinterviewing.org/. A good site for CBT is http://www.cognitivetherapyguide.org/index.html. You are welcome to contact me at any time to inquire about my methodology. This is a very important thing to know about your therapist!

More than anything else, you should know that I believe in empowering clients by helping them bring out and maximize the strengths and resources that lie within. If you do seek a consultation with me, you will find that I am a strength-based, person-centered counselor. This process is about you and for you. That is something I keep in mind throughout our working partnership.

I read quite a bit, especially on topics centering around communication, listening, and personal empowerment. This page covers books, authors, and websites that I have found especially beneficial for myself or others. 

Experience with Trauma, Conflict Resolution, Grief & Loss, and more

During my 14 years at ShelterCare, I had the opportunity to work with many clients who were survivors of physical and sexual trauma. In addition, my experience at ShelterCare and as a community-based mental health counselor has given me a great deal of experience in working with clients suffering from grief and loss issues. I have found that I gain tremendous satisfaction from helping people work through both of these issues.

In addition, I am very adept and comfortable working with people who are coping with any of the following:

  • Military Trauma
  • Trauma from Physical, Emotional, or Sexual Abuse
  • Making a major decision--I am very adept at helping people examine important decisions in their lives and empowering them to get to a point where they feel more congruent and decisive about moving forward 
  • Substance use and abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis--in other words, persons living with mental health and substance abuse issues
  • Significant Interpersonal Conflict--Relationship Counseling is one of my specialties
  • Anger Management Issues--I have years of experience in teaching Anger Control Techniques and De-escalation strategies
  • Life Transitions or Crisis--there are more than I could state here, but I have tremendous experience in helping people work through many different types of transition and crisis
  • Depression
  • Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Social Anxiety issues
  • Schizophrenia and other mental health conditions on the Schizophrenia Spectrum, as well as support for family members of persons living with these conditions

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Providing Clinical Supervision for Counselors Seeking Licensure

As I mentioned above, I am very experienced in providing supervision to other mental health clinicians. I currently supervise eight clinicians who are working toward licensure as a mental health counselor. I have supervised six additional counselors who have completed this process and are now licensed. In addition, I've had the opportunity to supervise and mentor several other students working on their master's degree in counseling or social work.

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