The Team


Sharon Hale, MA LMFT

Sharon Hale

When I first meet a potential client, one of my priorities is to make it clear that, “I’m not making the therapy up as I go along.” I rely on the wisdom and training of people who are smarter than me to help you heal and reach your goals.

But, if you’d met me in 2011 when I graduated with my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy, you might have wondered how they let a high schooler into the counseling program, much less graduate her. I looked young, and I felt very inexperienced and unsure of myself. But I believed the professors and supervisors who told me that I didn’t need to have everything figured out – I just needed to engage with clients using compassion and empathy, and the rest will come later.

And they were right! By 2018, I shifted my focus to working almost exclusively with couples and individuals from a relational perspective and was training extensively in a therapy model (Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy) proven to help individuals and couples improve their relationships. In 2021, I was certified in providing EFT therapy by ICEEFT (the International EFT Training Center).

Today, I continue to learn and grow in my skills. I am currently training in Neuroaffective Relational Model, which specializes in treating childhood trauma (the type of trauma that occurs when we are young).

My life is full.

I grew up in Tigard and love living in the Northwest. My husband and I were married in 2008 and are now parents to three energetic boys, a dog, a cat, and nine chickens, all of which like to keep us on our toes. Fun fact: My husband is a marriage therapist at his private practice. Yes, we do fight!

I love being outside, especially in the forest, at the top of a mountain, on the beach, or in any other place I can allow my boys to spend some energy with a minimum limit set by me!

In my rare moments of free time, when I cannot go on a hike, you might also find me reading, cooking, biking, or sneaking chocolate from my secret stash in the pantry (don’t tell my kids).



Patience Rutto, Student Intern                  Patience Headshot

Life is hard. You already know that. When you’re unable to process or solve the problem that is causing your distress, you may feel hopeless or stuck. Together, we can navigate change and explore strategies, incorporating a holistic and collaborative approach, by creating a space of awareness to manage issues such as anxiety, depression, addiction, relationship discord, parenting struggles and other life stressors so you can live the life you want.
Over the past ten years I have worked within the community mental health field providing services to individuals experiencing severe persistent mental illness and chronic conditions, homelessness and familial dysfunction in addition to being a registered behavior technician offering services to youth.
I am a counseling student intern pursuing an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health at Grand Canyon University. 



Jesse Cetz, Student Intern                  Jesse Cetz

Jesse is pursuing his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at George Fox University.
His ideal clients are couples and individuals – particularly biracial couples, Latino men & men of color. Stay tuned for more information about Jesse!



Jean Mullen, Student Intern                  Jean Headshot

Jean is pursuing her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at George Fox University.
Her ideal clients are adult individuals, and older adults. She has specialized experience in parenting, life transitions, loss, faith, cultural challenges, gender, grief, existential questions, dying, illness, relationship challenges, loneliness.