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.
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) and the chief executive officer and clinical director of Firefly Counseling Services, P.C. 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 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).
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.
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 former board member for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Oregon and is a current board member for the Association for Play Therapy, Oregon. 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 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
Sara is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists and specializes in working with adults and couples. Sara is the clinical supervisor and program director for Firefly Counseling Services, P.C. graduate education program. She provides clinical supervision, education, training and mentorship for graduate students from multiple universities in the Portland Metro area. Sara received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern Oregon University and her Masters of Education from the University of Oregon in Couples and Family Therapy. She is trained in working with individuals, couples and families utilizing Narrative, Family Systems, and Gottman Method Therapies. Sara has completed advanced training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Levels 1, 2, & 3) and is pursuing her certification. Sara has a focus on utilizing the contextual and inherent strengths that people already have. She has an expertise in addressing a wide array of problems, including, but not limited to: Marital discord, relational conflict/family crisis, guiding families or individuals through LGBTQ coming-out processes, personal growth/identity development, depression, anxiety, and stress-management.
Sara’s approach to counseling involves a fine balance between insight-oriented work, practical skill-development, and relational repair and strengthening. She understands that engaging in therapy can be an intimidating and at times overwhelming process, thus she engages with her clients in a way that clients reflect to be warm, approachable, and effective.
Oregon State Board of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
Megan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists. She specializes in working with adults and couples. Megan received her Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Portland and her Masters of Arts degree from Lewis and Clark College in Couples and Family Therapy. She is trained in working with individuals, couples and families using solution focused and emotionally focused therapy. Megan takes a systemic approach to helping clients understand the context of their issues and encourages clients to build upon their inherent strengths to create lasting solutions to presenting problems. Her work balances practical skill development, relationship repair/strengthening and negative through pattern identification and correction. She has expertise in addressing a wide array of problems, including, but not limited to: Relational conflict/family crisis, women's issue, communication problems, perfectionism, anxiety, trauma, depression and co-parenting issues. Her approach to counseling blends humor, compassion and a non-judgmental environment to help client achieve their goals.
Board Certified by the Oregon State Board of Marriage and Family Therapists
Lindsay Balboa is a licensed clinical social worker through the Oregon State Board of Licensed Clinical Social Workers. 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'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.
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.
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.
Professional Certifications and Memberships:
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); 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.
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:
American Counseling Association
Association for Play Therapy
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. 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.
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 Firefly Counseling Services, P.C. in Animal Assisted Neurobiologically-Informed Play Therapy (AANPT). Olive's handler, Lindsay Balboa, MSSW LCSW is in process of completing 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.