Kristi Lougee is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She went back to school in her 20’s, as a mother of two, to earn an Associate’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. This launched her career as a therapist. During this time, Kristi became aware of the critical importance of caring for the whole person, emotionally as well as physically. As her own children entered college, Kristi prepared to return to school as a non-traditional student in her 40’s, to work toward becoming a counselor so that she would be prepared to help her clients in a unique and caring way that was missing from her clinic experience.
Kristi has an undergraduate degree (B.S.) in Sociology, Minor in Psychology from Portland State University. She received her Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Pacific University, School of Professional Psychology. She has a special interest in working in the field of Perinatal Mental Health; receiving her certification in July 2020.
Kristi is passionate about helping others. She has worked in group homes assisting residents with severe physical disabilities. For 15 years, she worked as a Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant at a clinic in Beaverton that supports back-to-work programs for chronic pain patients and individuals with traumatic brain injuries. Kristi has been a Certified Brain Injury Specialist helping clients develop strategies to navigate their daily living activities. Kristi worked as an independent contractor working in the homes of individuals with brain injuries and children with intellectual disabilities and their families. Kristi has spent the past five years, working as a counselor in a community mental health setting.
As a health care provider for many years Kristi believes in treating the entire person: mind and body. She believes the therapeutic relationship is the key to her approach. Her intention in the counseling process is to assist clients in discovering their strengths and resources when facing current challenges or concerns. When working with clients it is her goal to provide a safe environment for self-exploration, growth and development in order to assist clients in working towards the goals that they have set for themselves. She relies on evidence based practices when working with clients, choosing to work from an eclectic framework, with a strong emphasis on cognitive-behavioral techniques. She also incorporates different aspects of stress management, mindfulness, existential therapy, solution focused therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy.
Kristi is a native Oregonian. She is married with two grown children, and three grown step children. The youngest of which, has developmental disabilities; providing opportunities to engage with activities in the special needs community. When not working, Kristi can be found playing with her grandchildren, reading, listening to Vinyl’s, playing Backgammon and Scrabble with her husband and the two can be seen out and about throughout town on their tandem bicycle.