Firefly Counseling Services, P.C.
4950 NE Belknap Ct. Suite 205
Hillsboro, OR 97124
The practice is located on the corner of Belknap Ct. and Elam Young Pkwy next to Intel Hawthorne Farms.
Buisness Hours: We are in the office Monday-Friday with appointment times ranging from 8AM-6PM. If you are having a mental health emergency and need immediete assistance please call the Washington County Crisis Line at 503-291-9111 or the Multnomah County Crisis Line at 503-988-4888 or proceed to your nearest emergency room for assistance.
"We don't accomplish anything in this world alone...and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that
-Sandra Day O'Connor
Firefly Counseling Services, P.C. is an independent mental health practice dedicated to providing high quality services to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. We utilize evidence based practices and work as a team with clients, families and the community to achieve our goals of care.
Firefly Counseling Services, P.C. serves the greater Portland Metro area and is located in Hillsboro, OR
We look forward to working with you!
Michelle Pliske, MSW LCSW RPT-S
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapy Supervisor
Clinical Director/Chief Executive Officer, Firefly Counseling Services, P.C.
Director of Operations: Firefly Institute of Research and Education (FIRE)
Assistant Professor of Social Work and Director of Field Education, Pacific University
Doctoral Candidate, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work and Social Policy
Direct: +1 503-915-3737
Fax: +1 888-503-2864
Michelle Pliske is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), the chief executive officer and clinical director for Firefly Counseling Services, P.C. and the director of operations at the Firefly Institute of Research and Education. Michelle is a board recognized supervisor for the Oregon Board of Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Professional Counselors. She holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Washington, Department of Psychology, where she studied developmental psychology. She worked on multiple research studies as a post graduate at the University of Washington's Institute of Brain and Learning Sciences and Center on Human Development and Disability. Her research included: infant and child development, childhood trauma, child behavioral disorders and autism spectrum disorder.
Michelle received her graduate degree with honors from Portland State University, School of Social Work. Currently, Michelle is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work and Social Policy working towards her doctorate of clinical social work practice with research focused on integrating yoga and play therapy to address childhood adverse life experiences. Michelle facilitates continuing education workshops for students and professionals seeking training and certification within play therapy practices through the firefly institute.
Michelle holds certificates of education in Trauma Informed Services from Portland State University, Adoption and Foster Care from Portland State University, EMDR from the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Institute. Michelle holds a certificate of education in Play Therapy Practices with recognition as a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor (RPT-S) through The Association for Play Therapy. She also has received advanced training, education and certification in Synergetic Play Therapy through the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado. Michelle completed her post-graduate certificate degree in Animal Assisted Human Health from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work and currently works in partnership with Apollo a therapy dog. Michelle is in the process of developing a clinical certification program for continuing education in animal assisted neurobiologically-informed play therapy practices (AANPT) through the Firefly Institute of Research and Education (FIRE).
Michelle is also recognized as a certified children's yoga instructor through Imagination Yoga and co-developed a comprehensive children's play therapy yoga program 'Hope Stretches' which provides movement and mental health therapies for children. Michelle is in the process of developing a professional clinical certification program for continuing education in yoga play therapy practices and has recently finalized a contract to write a new book: "Integrating Yoga and Play Therapy: The Mind Body Approach for Healing Adverse Childhood Experiences" due to be released in Fall 2018.
She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Play Therapy (APT) and the National Association for Social Workers (NASW). Michelle is a board member for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Oregon as Vice President and is a current board member for the Association for Play Therapy, Oregon with a sitting position focused on continuing education. Michelle is an assistant professor of social work and the director of field studies at Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR.
Michelle focuses her clinical practice with individuals affected by abuse/trauma, anxiety, acute or chronic illness in the family and grief/bereavement. Michelle utilizes a prescriptive approach to mental health treatment, drawing from a variety of theoretical practices while incorporating current neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology to meet the unique needs of her clients. Michelle provides frequent education and training to the public on topics related to child development, clinical applications, practices and interventions, child and adolescent mental health disorders, traumatic grief and loss and acute or chronic medical illness within the family system.
National Association of Social Workers (NASW): http://www.socialworkers.org/
Registered Play Therapy Supervisor (RPT-S): The Association for Play Therapy: http://www.a4pt.org/
Certification in Synergetic Play Therapy: Play Therapy Institute of Colorado
Graduate Certification in Animal Assisted Human Health, University of Denver
Trauma Informed Care Certification, Portland State University
Adoption and Foster Care Certification, Portland State University
Board Certified by the Oregon State Board of Licensed Clinical Social Workers
American Counseling Association (ACA) http://www.counseling.org/
Certified Children's Yoga Instructor, Imagination Yoga
Lindsay Balboa is a licensed clinical social worker through the Oregon State Board of Licensed Clinical Social Workers. She also is the continuing education director for the Firefly Institute of Research and Education. Lindsay received her bachelor's degree in human development and family sciences with a specialization in early childhood development from the University of Texas at Austin School of Human Ecology. Lindsay received her masters of science in social work from the University of Texas at Austin Graduate School of Social Work with advanced coursework in child development and play therapy practices.
Lindsay works in partnership with Olive and received training and certification in animal assisted human health through the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. Lindsay has received additional training and post-graduate certification in Adoption and Foster Care from Portland State University and is currently pursuing certification in Infant and Toddler Mental Health from Portland State University.
Lindsay is certified through Imagination Yoga as a child yoga instructor and she is a member of the Association for Play Therapy. Lindsay is co-writing a book "Integrating Yoga and Play Therapy: The Mind Body Approach for Healing Adverse Childhood Experiences" due to be released in Fall 2018.
Lindsay's areas of specialty include issues affecting divorcing families, foster care or adoption, infant mental health, abuse & trauma, anxiety, depression or behavioral issues at school or at home. Lindsay has extensive experience working with families moving through the legal process of separation and divorce, foster care and family court or juvenile justice systems. Lindsay works collaboratively with parents and community partners to create treatment plans based on each individual or family's unique needs utilizing a prescriptive approach of directive and non-directive practices.
Association for Play Therapy www.a4pt.org
Certification in Children's Yoga-Imagination Yoga
Certification in Adoption and Foster Care-Portland State University
Certification in Animal Assisted Human Health- University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work (pending, completion date fall 2017)
Certification in Infant & Toddler Mental Health -Portland State University (pending, completeion spring 2018)
Amanda Roberson is a Qualified Mental Health Associate currently in the process of attaining her Master’s Degree. Amanda received her Bachelor's degree in Human Development Family Sciences and Psychology with honors from Oregon State University. Amanda anticipates receiving her Masters of arts in Applied Psychological Science from Pacific University in August 2017. Amanda's areas of specialty include the effects of domestic violence, abuse & trauma, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. She provides therapy to adults and uses an integrated approach to therapy which includes cognitive-behavioral, acceptance-based, and psychoeducational methods. Amanda works collaboratively with the individual to examine the relationships between emotion, thought, and behavior. Together, we will find methods that are successful to heal the past, live in the present, and plan for the future according to individual values. Amanda is supervised by Michelle Pliske, MSW LCSW RPT-S.
Registration with the Oregon State Board of Licensed Professional Counselors -Licensed Professional Counseling Intern
EMDR (pending, completion Spring 2018)
Rachel Manley is a licensed clinical social worker with the Oregon Board of Licensed Clinical Social Workers and registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University in criminal justice, and then her Master’s degree from Portland State University in social work. She believes that when working with individuals it is important to take a holistic approach. Her background ranges from working with domestic violence and trauma survivors, to the medically complex, and end of life and grief issues. Rachel feels that it is important to look at the whole person, and understand how they are being affected in their body, mind and spirit. Rachel’s approach is joining with clients in their journey, and helping them to create the change they want to see in their life.
The therapeutic modalities that Rachel is currently using: EMDR, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness. Rachel became a Registered Yoga Teacher after completing the 200 hour yoga teacher training at Portland Therapeutic Yoga.
Certification Oregon State Board of Licensed Clinical Social Workers
Oregon Chapter of National Association of Social Workers
Board Certified by Oregon State Board of Licensed Clinical Social Workers
RYT 200 Yoga Alliance
Danielle Snyder is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and the program coordinator for Firefly Therapeutic Farms where she is building a comprehensive ecotherapy and animal assisted human health program. Her practice includes working with individuals across the lifespan. She received her Bachelor’s degree with honors in Psychology from St. John Fisher in Rochester, NY. While working toward her bachelors, she developed her love of research working with parents of LGBTQ individuals specifically regarding how a religious institution responded to a child's sexual orientation. With this research, Danielle helped create support for parents and children as they determine their sexual orientation. After receiving her degree, Danielle was offered a Graduate Assistantship at the University of Oklahoma where she obtained her Master’s in Social Work with honors. During the Master’s program, she continued her research and collaborated with professors to publish her first case study. Danielle later worked as a therapist for a partial hospitalization program in New York in addition to being an adjunct professor St. John Fisher College. She most recently was employed as a mobile crisis therapist serving individuals in their homes and within the community. In this capacity Danielle worked with children, adolescents, adults and families.
Danielle utilizes Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Mental Health Disaster Crisis Training within her practice. She has also obtained her post-graduate certificate degree in Animal Assisted Human Health from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work and works in partnership with Petra, a therapeutic service dog in training. Danielle’s therapeutic style includes partnering with the clients in order to enhance their life and create change in a positive manner. She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by trauma, depression, anxiety, crisis situations and difficult life transitions. Danielle enjoys working with children and adolescents to help empower and enhance their lives with a strength’s based prescriptive; she is in the process of credentialing for expressive therapies including play therapy practices with children.
Certification Oregon State Board of Licensed Clinical Social Workers
Certification in Animal Assisted Human Health-University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work
Sarah Long is a licensed clinical social worker and certified child and adult yoga instructor. Sarah completed her Master’s degree in Social Work from Touro College in New York City and practiced social work in the New York area prior to relocating to Oregon. Sarah specializes in providing treatment to adults and children who have experienced inter-personal violence such as domestic violence, sexual assault, and childhood abuse. She has specialized training from Safe Horizon in various trauma treatment models such as: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Seeking Safety (for PTSD and addictions), Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC), Trauma Focused Psychotherapy, Synergetic Play Therapy and Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Stress (SPARCS). In addition to her trauma work, Sarah also assists clients with navigating life transitions, parenting challenges, mood dysregulation (e.g. anxiety, depression, bipolar) and provides Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for adolescents experiencing mood disorders. Sarah utilizes her training in yoga and meditation to help clients develop mindfulness practices that are tailored to their unique needs. Sarah is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and certified RY-200 yoga instructor with training in yoga for trauma, yoga for children, and yoga for at-risk adolescents.
National Association of Social Workers (NASW): http://www.socialworkers.org/
Board Certified by the Oregon State Board of Licensed Clinical Social Workers
RYT-200 Yoga Aliance
Certified Children's Yoga Instructor, Karma Kids, and Street Yoga.
Association for Play Therapy
Monica is a Qualified Mental Health Professional and Nationally Certified Counselor. She completed her master’s of counseling in professional mental health counseling at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Politics form Pomona College, and a second bachelor’s in Psychology from Portland State University. Monica enjoys working with children and adolescents experiencing a wide range of issues including emotional dysregulation, behavior problems, grief and loss, trauma, depression, anxiety, adjustment, identity development. Her approach is child-centered and integrates the perspectives of interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory, play therapy, synergetic play therapy, expressive arts, ecotherapy, and mindfulness-based methods. Monica tries to create a safe and accepting space for clients to explore their inner worlds. Monica views wellbeing from a mind-body-spirit-environment perspective and adapts her approach to fit each unique client and their needs, including collaboration with families and community supports.
Monica is currently working towards certification in the YogaCalm program. She is a member of the American Counseling Association. Monica is supervised by Michelle Pliske, MSW LCSW RPT-S.
Professional Memberships and Affiliations:
Registration Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors-Licensed Professional Counseling Intern
American Counseling Association
Association for Play Therapy www.a4pt.org
Ambyr is a Qualified Mental Health Professional who received a Master in Social Work from Portland State University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Oregon. Ambyr specializes in issues of development (across the lifespan), family systems, foster care and adoption, LGBTQQIP2SAA, addiction, attachment, medical fragility, alter-ability/disability, poverty, end-of-life, grief/loss and trauma and healing (through creative expression).
Ambyr has enjoyed working with individuals across the lifespan in many settings including providing intensive outpatient services to youth and families, working with medically fragile children and adolescents; collaborating crisis services for individuals and their families in the emergency department; providing addiction prevention and treatment services; working with children who experience behavioral struggles and developmental delays; creating individual support plans for alter-abled teens and young adults; facilitating psychological research with infants and children in a university setting; connecting homeless and at-risk teens with resources at a drop-in site; giving healthy relationships/anti-bullying presentations and facilitating psychoeducational groups in Lane County schools; and providing a home as a foster parent. Ambyr has gained an awareness of systems and team collaboration through serving as an emergency first responder through the United States Coast Guard Aux. and the Lane County Sheriff’s office.
The therapeutic modalities that Ambyr typically uses include: Strengths based and Human Centered Practice, Motivational Interviewing, Child-Centered Play Therapy and Directive Play Therapy (through expressive modalities, such as music/art/sand tray), Mindfulness practices from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Krystal is a Qualified Mental Health Associate and Master’s level candidate in the Professional Mental Health Counseling program at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. She is also concurrently working toward certification in eating disorder treatment. Krystal earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Oregon in 2006.
As a therapist, Krystal’s primary goal is to engage collaboratively and compassionately with her clients throughout their process of change. She strives to create a safe and non-judgmental environment to support the therapeutic journey, believing that all individuals are capable of creating goals and making positive change. Krystal’s work with clients is grounded in practices that stem from humanistic, solution-focused, and person-centered philosophies; however, she also finds great value in taking an integrative approach, believing that the incorporation of multiple therapeutic frameworks is critical to meeting each client’s individual needs.
Krystal enjoys working with adult individuals and couples who are experiencing a wide range of issues including grief and loss, trauma, depression, anxiety, adjustment, identity development, attachment, relationships, and eating disorders. Krystal is supervised by Sara Pitkanen, M.Ed, LMFT.
Professional Memberships and Affiliations:
American Counseling Association (ACA)
Columbia River Eating Disorder Network (CREDN)
Ellie is a Qualified Mental Health Associate and Master’s level candidate in marriage, couples and family therapy at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Counseling and Education. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in human rights from the University of California Berkeley. Ellie integrates body-centered mindfulness, family life cycle theory, and Socio-Emotional Relationship Therapy with a humanistic approach that celebrates clients’ resilience and right to self-determination. She enjoys working with individuals, couples and families experiencing a range of relational, life-cycle, and intrapsychic issues. Her therapeutic focus is on insight, emotional regulation, attachment, relational equity, and empowered sexuality. Ellie engages a systemic lens to increase clients’ awareness of their difficulties within wider familial, temporal and societal contexts. She believes that working collaboratively to gain insight, shift maladaptive patterns, and build upon innate strengths can lead to long lasting change. Ellie is supervised by Sara Pitkanen, M.Ed, LMFT.
Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
Torey Andrus is a Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA) and Master’s level candidate in the Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy program at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling and has completed advanced training from the Gottman Institute for Couples Counseling. Torey earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Oregon in 2014. Torey believes that each of us have the power to grow and transform in the face of adversity and trauma. Her therapeutic philosophy is one that emerges from a systemic lens that explores the various systems in our lives which may be a cause of significant distress. She believes that these systems can transform through helping you create effective tools to empower yourself when additional stressors arise. The space that she will contribute to the therapeutic relationship is one that values compassion, integrity, and confidentiality. She focuses on the client as a whole and she believes that whatever brings you to therapy is deeply rooted in your cumulative life experiences. She believes that therapy is a collaborative space for you to explore things in your life that may be causing you trouble personally and interpersonally. She believes therapy works by first helping you develop the tools to handle emotional states that challenge you most. With these new tools, we can begin to work through experiences, both past and present, that cause you pain or difficulty. Torey is supervised by Sara Pitkanen, M.Ed., LMFT.
Allison received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Linfield College and her Masters of Social Work from Portland State University with advanced coursework in child and family studies. She is a licensed clinical social worker through the Oregon State Board of Licensed Clinical Social Workers and member of the National Association of Social Workers. Allison uses her passion of working with children, adolescents, and families to pursue healing for those who have experienced stressful or traumatic life events. Allison believes that an individual’s mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health are closely intertwined and this is what guides her to address and incorporate all aspects of a person into the therapeutic process.
Allison has expertise in addressing a wide range of concerns that children, adolescents, and families often face including: grief and loss, anxiety, bullying, suicide, stress, depression, emotion regulation, healthy relationships, classroom behavior management, sexual abuse, and commercial sexual exploitation. Through her work with community partners in the Portland-metro area, she has helped families develop comprehensive plans that focus on the inherent strengths of each individual. while increasing effective communication skills in order to foster resilience. Allison has extensive experience in specialized school programs and a familiarity with the intersectionality of school-based mental health and special education laws and standards which allows her to help individuals and families navigate the process of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and Behavior Support Plans within school systems. In addition, Allison has enjoyed assisting youth and families in a variety of settings including the adolescent inpatient psychiatric unit at Legacy Emanuel Randall Children’s Hospital and intensive community based treatment services.
Allison feels strongly that no single approach is right for everyone, and incorporates aspects of evidence-based interventions and the following modalities into her practice including: Collaborative Problem Solving , Narrative Therapies, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Attachment Therapy, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Early Childhood and School-Aged Trauma Treatment and the Impact of Complex Trauma GEMS – Supporting survivors of commercial sexual exploitation
Certification Oregon Board of Licensed Clinical Social Workers
National Association for Social Workers (NASW)
Rebekah Springs is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with over 4 years of postgraduate clinical experience specializing in working with children and families. She received her Master’s degree in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and her bachelor’s degree from Azusa Pacific University.
Rebekah worked for over 4 years at Real Connections Child Development Institute, where she specialized in parent support and education, play therapy and DIR therapy, a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to working with children, especially those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other sensory processing differences.
Rebekah is currently working towards her certification as a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). Her practice is client-centered and incorporates the family as a whole. She loves providing play therapy which honors the child and family and deeply influenced by interpersonal neurobiology and current research on attachment theory and mind-body integration. Rebekah also takes great joy in working with parents and families as they confront new diagnoses or work through new challenges that come with each stage of development throughout the lifespan.
Rebekah’s areas of focus include infant mental health, parenting, parents of children with special needs, attachment, early childhood developmental differences, trauma, medical trauma, sensory processing disorders, anxiety and related diagnoses. Her passion is for uncovering the resources within each individual and family and providing a safe, open and attuned therapeutic relationship which can cultivate healing in the midst of challenges.
Association for Play Therapy (APT) www.a4pt.org
Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Joanna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and specializes in working with children who display high risk behaviors in the home, school or community settings. High risk behaviors may relate to trauma history, identify confusion and a range of adverse experiences individuals encounter through their development. Joanna received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Social Work from Adelphi University. Originally getting her Masters education and starting therapeutic work in the group home setting in New York Joanna moved to North Carolina in 2013. There Joanna worked with high risk youth and their families to overcome aggression, poor communication, dysregulation and sexualized behaviors. In working in the home, school and/or residential settings with children who have experienced various forms of trauma Joanna has worked alongside families to help children overcome emotional dysregulation. This includes assisting families to build the support and structure needed for children to engage in a more effective manner with those around them and the settings they interact with.
Joanna focuses her treatment from a person centered perspective as every child and family have their own personalities and needs that they bring to treatment. A variety of modalities are utilized
as Joanna also works to incorporate the individual’s likes, interests and strengths into therapeutic framework. Throughout her clinical practice Joanna has focused on the effects trauma and neglect
have had on the child’s development and the growing brain. She is certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) which identifies the sensory, relational, cognitive and dysregulating
effects prolonged exposure to trauma can cause. Joanna utilizes the following treatment approaches: NMT, TF-CBT, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing,
Self-Expression, Play therapy and Narrative therapy.
It is important to understand that therapy can be an intimidating experience for children/teens and sessions will work to develop a positive trusting relationship within a setting where individual can feel free to express themselves and grow. Joanna works to build a strong therapeutic alliance with children and parents ensuring treatment goals are structured and make sense for everyone involved.
Courtney Salzano is a Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA) and Master’s level candidate in the Master in Social Work at Portland State University School of Social Work, where she is anticipated to graduate in June 2018. Courtney earned her Bachelor of Social Work with honors from George Fox University in 2014. Courtney has experience working with children and families to promote strong, secure relationships, adults experiencing depression, anxiety, and substance use concerns, and families involved in foster care. She integrates multiple theoretical perspectives in order to best meet the needs of clients, including humanistic, attachment, and ecosystems theories, and trauma-informed practices. Courtney has advanced studies and coursework in play therapy practices and is working towards her certification as a registered play therapist through the National Association for Play Therapy. Courtney’s areas of focus include abuse/trauma, infant mental health, foster care and adoption, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, parent-child attachment, and post-partum mental health. Courtney is committed to providing a compassionate therapeutic relationship where clients can feel safe to explore circumstances and emotions that feel hard to manage, and begin to recognize the strength and resilience within themselves. Courtney is a member of the National Association for Social Workers (NASW), and is supervised by Michelle Pliske, MSW LCSW RPT-S.
National Association for Social Workers (NASW)
Dominique Sebastian is a Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA) and a Master's of Social Work Candidate at Portland State University. Dominique received her bachelors of science with highest honors in speech language pathology from Eastern Michigan University and holds a minor in social work. Dominique has experience working in the school system with children with autism spectrum disorder, down's syndrome, behavioral struggles, and other developmental delays. She has successfully created and implemented behavioral plans and participated in ISP meetings. Dominique has also worked with children and adults in foster care at the Multnomah County Developmental Disabilities Department.
Dominique enjoys working with expressive arts and uses multiple theoretical modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment therapy, and trauma informed care. In addition, she focuses on humanistic, person centered and strengths based approaches. Dominique's area of focus includes autism/sensory processing, adoption and foster care, trauma, anxiety, depression, and stress management. Dominique focuses on forming a strong and safe therapeutic relationship with the child and parent, so that they may express their emotions effectively. Additionally, she believes it's important to tailor her therapeutic approach to each individual client. Dominique is supervised by Michelle Pliske, MSW LCSW RPT-S
Apollo, CGC is a Golden Retriever therapy dog at Firefly Counseling Services, P.C. He was generously donated to our clinic by Trisha Ferris owner of Sunset Goldens of Oregon. Information about Sunset Goldens can be located at http://www.sunsetgoldensoforegon.com/
Apollo, CGC has been awarded his Canine Good Citizen certificate through the American Kennel Club and has completed certification through Firefly Counseling Services, P.C. Apollo's handler Michelle Pliske, MSW LCSW RPT-S completed her post-graduate certificate training through the University of Denver Animal Assisted Human Health Program. Apollo works with children, adolescents and adults and specializes in trauma informed care and animal assisted neurobiolgically-informed play therapy (AANPT). He looks forward to not only working within the clinical setting but traveling to hospitals, schools and the courthouse to support individuals and families.
American Kennel Club: http://www.akc.org/
Petra is a therapy dog in training at Firefly Counseling Services, P.C. Petra was abandoned on the streets of Puerto Rico, where she was born. She was found wandering the streets looking for food, water, shelter and love. Petra has been mistreated by people in the past. She was found by a rescue organization named Save a Sato Foundation. There she met a group of volunteers dedicated to animal rescue in Puerto Rico. The volunteers fed her, loved her and brought her back to health. Petra was sent to live in the United States where she was adopted by Danielle Snyder, MSW LCSW. Petra is a very sweet dog despite all that she has endured. Petra has a deep understanding for children, adolescents and adults who have come from hard places and survived difficult circumstances or life transitions.
Petra's handler, Danielle Snyder, MSW LCSW, has a post-graduate certification from the University of Denver Animal Assisted Human Health program in animal assisted therapies. Danielle and Petra are working towards their canine good citizen certificate and will move onto certification through Firefly Counseling Services, P.C. for Animal Assisted Neurobiologically- Informed Play Therapy (AANPT). Petra works with children through animal assisted play therapy in addition to adolescents from a trauma informed perspective.
Olive is a French Bulldog therapy dog in training at Firefly Counseling Services, P.C. Olive was adopted through Umpqua Valley Kennels in Drain, Oregon. Olive is working toward her Canine Good Citizen certificate and will go on to complete her certification through the Firefly Institute of Research and Education in Animal Assisted Neurobiologically-Informed Play Therapy (AANPT). Olive's handler, Lindsay Balboa, MSSW LCSW completed her post-graduate certificate through the University of Denver's Animal Assisted Human Health Program. Olive works with children and adolescents through animal assisted play therapy and specializes in snuggling and anything playful.
Mercury is a Miniature Australian Shepard who is in training for certification as a therapy dog. Mercury is working towards his Canine Good Citizen certification through the AKC and is in training with clinicians at the Firefly Institute of Research and Education to work specifically in animal assisted neurobiologically informed play therapy (AANPT). Mercury’s handler, Michelle Pliske, completed her graduate certification in Animal Assisted Human Health through the University of Denver. Mercury is a master snuggler and currently excellent at mischief and chewing on toys that aren’t his.