"To help guide children to a place where they are able to identify their challenges and feel empowered is tremendously rewarding."
Jeff Huston, M.S., LPC, Counselor
Creative, perceptive and a little bit quirky, Jeff Huston employs his love of learning and wide range of interests to connect with children and parents in ways that best support their strengths and help them identify challenges. Jeff’s client-centered approach incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy, a goal-oriented method that develops children’s understanding of choices, actions and consequences.
His areas of interest include:
- Providing families with techniques to address anxiety, depression, loss and other changes that impact quality of life
- Developing positive motivation for children and parents by helping them identify their internal drive for creating change and success in their pursuits
- Enhancing family communication, so that both the child and parent feel understood and supported
- Utilizing play therapy, art therapy and role playing tailored to the individual to help children better understand their self-identity and self-perception
Jeff spent 20 years at Jasper Mountain, 11 of those years as a therapist and supervisor working with abused and neglected children, and nine years as the Director of the SAFE Center. Prior to moving to Oregon to finish his education, he worked with abused children at Orangewood Children’s Home in Orange County, California. During graduate school, he earned additional experience during an internship working with veterans at the Eugene Vet Center.
An avid learner and curious by nature, Jeff studied several career paths while attending the University of California, Irvine, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He received his master’s degree at the University of Oregon and is licensed through the state of Oregon as a professional counselor.
Jeff and his wife have two children and enjoy spending time together, hiking, camping and playing outdoor sports. Jeff is also an avid participant in letterboxing, which combines artistic ability with treasure hunts, seeking out hidden letterboxes in parks, forests and other locations, by cracking codes and following clues.