charlotte’s story


Hello, everyone.  I’m Charlotte.  I grew up mostly in California, in addition to a small town on the North Fork River in Idaho, and in the gorgeous Bitterroot Valley in Montana. Now that I am here, I feel like the Pacific Northwest is such a gorgeous blend of all the places I’ve lived before and I could not be happier to be here.  To say I am a person who loves nature is an understatement.  When I’m not “in session”, I can be found outside gardening, riding my bike, hiking, traveling, enjoying water sports, cross country skiing or riding my senior horse, Wonder.  He’s the light of my life and such a character.

Becoming a therapist has been a lifelong dream of mine.  This work is close to my heart, as I struggled with undiagnosed panic attacks and anxiety as a teen.  My journey from feeling lost and uncertain to empowered and grounded gave me my life back and instilled in me the skills, confidence, and resiliency to be able to handle life’s challenges.  Anxiety is now a motivator and teacher in my life instead of a debilitating roadblock.  It is my mission to help others remove such obstacles.  Each journey is different, and I’m here to help you with yours. 

Now for the professional stuff:

Before becoming a therapist, I was a National Board Certified Exceptional Needs Specialist and Learning Specialist for about 20 years in California.  I am an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) and special learning needs consultant as well as a dyslexia expert. 

I earned a BA in Art from Humboldt State University and graduated magna cum laude with a Master of Arts in Clinical & Counseling Psychology from Brandman University.

I am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (R5433), supervised by Dr. Margaret Eichler, LPC (T0935).  My experience as a counselor has ranged from working with groups and individuals at an substance abuse treatment center in Pacific Grove, CA with folks struggling with dual diagnoses such as social anxiety and bipolar disorder, to working as a counselor at a local Employee Assistance Program with issues ranging from difficult break ups to processing grief, loss, and trauma


My strengths-based approach is client-focused and founded in brief solution-focused therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, emotion-focused for couples, and cognitive behavioral therapy.  As a therapist, I tend to be insightful, easy to connect with, and down to earth.  I believe strongly that clients have the answers they are seeking within them, but that sometimes those answers are temporarily hidden.  Our work together is to help pull these strengths out into the light and into action.   

Given my life experience and training, I am a good candidate for treating a variety of presenting issues.  That said, I do love working with clients on anxiety, panic disorder, grief, life transitions, difficult breakups, letting go/moving on, pet loss & grief, phase of life adjustments, relationship issues, work stress, LGBTQIA+ folks, mild to moderate learning disabilities, and life balance.  I mostly work with adults, kids, and teens, and am delighted to work with couples as well on a variety of relationship issues.  I am currently expanding my treatment offerings to both EMDR and DBT, with trainings currently in progress.

Charlotte is not currently in-network with insurance plans, although she does offer a sliding scale and can provide a “superbill” for out of network billing.

You can reach Charlotte directly at
by phone at 503-683-1009
or on instagram @manifestcounseling

Book your initial appointment or a free consultation with Charlotte via the link below!