Struggling with life or relationship issues?
What are you willing to do to have happy, healthy relationships with those who are important to you?
Friends of the Family is here to help improve your emotional, relational and spiritual health, strengthen your marriage and family relationships.
Marriage & Family Therapy Associate
Sherry serves adolescents, adults, couples, and families in her counseling practice. She has a background in military family life, marriage research, and education. She considers herself a lifelong student of relationships.
With a Master’s degree from George Fox University in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Washington, Sherry is on track to become a licensed clinician in the state of Oregon. She has additional training in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Restoration Therapy.
Sherry is connected to Suburban Christian Church in Corvallis and Northside Church in North Albany. She enjoys paddle boarding, hiking, and family celebrations.
Jessica is a trained Counselor Associate who graduated with her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Corban University. She values the therapeutic relationship and views herself as an empathetic sounding board through which individuals can get to know themselves better, understand their past experiences of pain and see how conflicts in the present are affecting their lives. She sees herself as always learning more about her clients, counseling, and better ways to help the people around her.
Jessica appreciates living in Oregon and the beauty of the state. She loves hiking, running, music, and spending time with friends and family. She loves playing piano on Sunday mornings for a small church in her hometown.
Graduate Counseling Intern
Alicia is a trained counselor who loves to work with teens and adults, as individuals and families. She desires to provide a source of support and encouragement to those who are struggling with thoughts, feelings, behaviors, or relationships. She is passionate about helping clients to find healing and wholeness. She will work with you to find a sense of peace of mind and spirit.
With a bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology from Colorado Christian University, Alicia is pursuing her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Colorado Christian University as well. She is also pursuing a certification in play therapy.
Originally from California, Alicia and her family were blessed to relocate to Albany. Alicia and her family attend Willamette Community Church. In her free time, Alicia enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and pets as well as face painting and balloon twisting at events with them.
Dr. Renee del Rio
Renee joined our staff the summer of 2020 as our Clinical Director. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and is developing and overseeing our new internship program for graduate students in counseling. Renee provides ongoing training, support and clinical supervision to our amazing counseling interns. She and her husband Eric attend Willamette Community Church in Albany and enjoy kayaking and hiking.
Dave is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and a credentialed pastor, having served 14 years on staff at Corvallis Evangelical Church. He has been Friends of the Family’s Executive Director since 2016 and loves helping couples, spending time with his family, and riding his motorcycle.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I choose a counselor?
- Get to know our counselors. Read the short biographies and look at their photos above. You can request a specific counselor or ask who could see you the soonest.
- Call our office and talk to someone at (541) 757-1761. Our staff is knowledgeable about each counselor’s strengths, training and interests. They can help guide you to the best fit and schedule your first appointment.
- Schedule a free consultation. This 15-minute phone call with a counselor is a chance to explore if you will be a good team to accomplish your goals together.
- The right fit is important! If for any reason, after a few sessions, your counselor is not a good fit for you, it’s OK. We are happy to help with other options. We can transfer you to another counselor within our office or refer you to someone outside our office that might be a better match.
How much does counseling cost? Can I use my insurance?
We are a private pay office and do not currently bill insurance. To help keep our services accessible to all, we offer a Sliding Fee Scale based on household income. Caring, generous people throughout the community give to Friends of the Family to help keep our rates affordable.
What is Christian counseling look like? Will you respect the importance of my Christian faith?
All our counselors are trained clinicians pursuing or maintaining professional credentials. Each of our counselors profess a Christian faith and share principles of biblical truth and grace according to each client’s preferences. We will ask you about this in the first session and incorporate this as you desire.
What if I/my spouse/my partner/my child do not claim a Christian faith?
We serve many client populations, including those who do not identify with a Christian faith. Our counselors are trained to create a supportive and compassionate space for you and do not pray, share Scripture, or other practices related to Christian faith if that is not something you want to include.
What can I expect at my first appointment?
We will briefly review paperwork and policies related to counseling. The remainder of the session is more of an opportunity to learn about you, what you are currently facing, the symptoms and challenges you are experiencing, and to learn how we can best support you and help you reach your goals.
How long is counseling take? How frequently why I have to come?
Treatment length is a personalized process that varies depending on your issues and goals for therapy. Because we are a private pay office, sessions are not limited by insurance company conditions. This means we can offer you thorough care that meets your needs. We will make recommendations based on your symptoms and goals and create a plan together.
How long do sessions last?
Individual sessions are 50-minutes. Sessions for couples are typically 80-minutes, but may sometimes be 50-minutes.
Do you offer premarital counseling?
Yes! Most of our counselors have received training in Prepare/Enrich as a tool for helping you see areas of strength and growth in your relationship that we can address together. Ask about our package that includes an assessment and 6-8 sessions with a counselor. Occasionally, we offer an alternate package that includes a six-hour workshop with a group of couples, followed by three personalized sessions with one of our counselors.
What do all of those letters and titles mean behind the names?
All our counselors are either nearing the end of their graduate coursework or are full graduates of an accredited counseling program. Graduate Counseling Interns are Master’s level students gaining field experience required to enter the counseling profession. Registered Associates have graduated and are working toward the prerequisite hours to become fully licensed clinicians. LMFT indicates Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor.