Sarah Barton, LPC   Serena Barton, MS, LPC

The Art of Your Life
4410 SE Woodstock Work: 971-404-7664
Portland, Oregon   97206 Voice Mail: same
Disabled Accessible: No E-Mail:


SE Portland
The office is located one block north of SE 12th and Stark, next to The Red and Black Café.  The office building is a former home in Victorian Style. You can view the office on the home page at


Master of Science

Counselor Preparation Program
Licenses: Licensed Professional Counselor
Training & Certifications:
Availability: Routine
Affiliations: American Mental Health Alliance - Oregon
Women's Therapy Project NW
Portland State University Women's Studies Governing Board


Individual and Couple Counseling: $90 for 50 minute session


Creativity Gay/Lesbian Issues
Living Beyond Survival Children and Adolescents

Focus of Practice & Interests

Transition and loss, developing and encouraging creative passions, foster and adoptive families, couple and family communication, women’s issues, setting and achieving goals.

Background & Experience

I have been a counselor for 31 years in private practice and agency settings. In both settings I have had many years of experience in working with children, adolescents, adults and families. I coordinated a treatment foster care program, and have worked with a variety of issues and ethnic groups. I have worked extensively with all ages in dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress. I have training and experience in facilitating expressive art and writing as part of the counseling process. I have had post-masters training in: family therapy, alcohol and drug issues, posttraumatic stress disorder, art and journal therapy, personality disorders, diagnosis, ADD, working with teens, couple therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Relational Therapy, domestic violence, sexual abuse issues and treatment, crisis intervention, dual diagnosis, behavioral therapy, AIDS issues, sexual minority issues, and multi-cultural issues.          

Patient & Client Populations Served

Adults Adolescents

Orientation & Approach

Counseling is a joint involvement for counselor and client. Together we create a safe environment in which you can grow and make positive changes.  In addition to looking at areas you want to improve, we also take note of your strengths and build on these. I offer the option of including art and writing as part of your counseling. Through individual counseling I help you find inspiration and tools to discover your desires and goals. Couples and family counseling offer the chance to work through differences and conflicts and better understand and appreciate each other.  In addition to being a caring listener, I offer proven tools you can use to improve the quality of your life and relationships. 

I base my work on developmental and self psychology, family systems work, trauma theory, recovery perspectives, humanistic/existential approaches, and art and journal work techniques.

I support you in embracing the delights, challenges, and mysteries of life.

Personal Comments

I blend my long career as a counselor with my passion for creativity. I taught myself to paint and create mixed media work in her forties, earning me the right to insist that it is never too late to delve into what inspires us. One of my great joys is to provide an atmosphere where you can discover or rekindle your own creative abilities.

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