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Desiree Nixon, LMFT

I was born in Monterey, California, raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, I recently moved to Oregon and I’m excited to get out and explore. I have 4 kids who are now adults and pursuing their own dreams and goals.

Throughout my life I have learned that my past does not dictate my future. As a child I experienced my own trauma that impacted me, and I became a troubled teen. At a very young age I knew I wanted to work in the mental health field. I worked with a psychiatrist at the age of 18, and he motivated and empowered me to follow my dreams. I knew I wanted to help people heal, grow, and understand their value in this world just as I had done. 

At 27, I decided to go back to school and start pursuing my dreams. I was a single mom of four children working two jobs. There were multiple obstacles and set backs and many times I wanted to give up, however I was determined to pursue my dreams. I graduated with my Bachelors Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Criminology from Regis University at the age of 37. I kept pushing myself and at 40, I realized my dream and graduated with my Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University. 

Throughout my career I have worked with foster children and their families,supervised visits between parents and their children who were removed by DCFS, low-income families, as well as individuals and families that are struggling with communication, addiction, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, self-esteem, abusive relationships, oppositional defiant disorder, attachment disorders, and stress management.

 I use many different modalities which include: Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Experiential Therapy and Family Systems therapy.  I am passionate about empowering my clients, so they can reach their full potential. I am empathetic, open-minded, and authentic and strive to create a space where my clients can feel safe enough to explore themselves, heal, and grow.