Counseling Services for Individuals, Couples, and Families

The Applegate Trail was created in 1846 to have a safer alternative to the Oregon Trail. It gave travelers an option to take a longer southern route to the Willamette Valley instead of the original route that included a dangerous trip down the great Columbia River. By this time in their journeys, the travelers, their livestock, and their wagons were weary from the long trip from the East, and for many, it was not an easy decision to make.

Applegate Counseling was founded in 2020 to help those in our community find a better path in each journey. It is not a shortcut, and it may require some time to get where you want to be. We want to help you get there the best way possible, recognizing your strengths and resources, and helping you find the tools you need to make your journey successful, in this, our beautiful Willamette Valley.

Therapists at Applegate Counseling

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Daniel Duncan, LPC
Licensed Therapist

Dan is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Eugene, Oregon. He has offered counseling services for over 20 years in various settings, for clients aged 3 to 75 years old. Dan has deep experience working with individuals, couples, children, and families, with a commitment to clients of any diagnoses. He specializes in Autism, anxiety, ADHD, adjustment issues, bipolar, and more. He strives to make therapies concrete and straightforward and to help his clients find real-world answers to some of the most challenging issues.

Dan grew up in Ohio and obtained a BA in Psychology from the University of Hawaii while on a football scholarship. Following his BA, he earned a master’s degree from the University of Oregon in Counseling Psychology in 1996. A long-time Eugene resident, he and his wife have raised three sons in our community, and plans to continue to be a part of the Eugene community for some time.

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Lara Bissonnette, LMFT
Licensed Therapist

Lara serves clients of all ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, spiritual beliefs, physical abilities, and relationship configurations. She approaches each client as uniquely distinct and is a firm believer that one approach to therapy does not fit all or even most people. She strives to engage every client in ways that honor their individual needs and desires. She offers a multidimensional approach that is trauma informed and guided by attachment theory, cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, and the biopsychosocial model of human health.

Lara has offered counseling services in the Eugene/Springfield area since 2016. As an undergraduate she earned degrees in both psychology and sociology and completed her master’s degree in Child Development and Family Studies at Purdue University. She has continued to pursue the complex and beautiful interaction of human biology, psychology, and society in her private practice. When her son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and needed help regulating his nervous system, she became a certified yoga instructor and still uses this training to teach clients simple, but effective mindfulness strategies to help manage anxiety and stress. Recently, she completed certification in Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises and now teaches TRE to clients interested in new ways to de-stress and find inner calm.

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Molly Guidette, LMFT Associate
Associate Therapist

Molly works with individuals, couples, and families. She has experience working with adolescents and adults, and strives to embody compassion, clarity, and warmth. She brings a whole-system perspective to therapy, exploring and seeking to understand the relationships, communities, and experiences that shape us.

Molly grew up in New Jersey, and earned a BA in History while playing ultimate at Oberlin College in Ohio. She received training in massage at Lane Community College, and offered massage and life coaching in Eugene for over 15 years. She completed a Masters degree in Couples and Family Therapy at the University of Oregon, and has special interest in supporting healing and well-being on all levels.

Molly is a parent and step-parent, and enjoys dance, the outdoors, and all types of movement.

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Marial Smith, LCSW
Licensed Therapist

Marial has an established clinical therapy practice that has followed her years of work in bereavement counseling and medical social work, assisting individuals and families through long term care and home hospice care. She enjoys working with adult individuals at any phase of life, along with teens ages 16 and up. Her work draws upon elements of CBT, DBT, narrative therapy, and IFS. Specialty areas include depression, anxiety, PTSD, adjustment, attachment and death and grief.

Marial strongly believes that everyone, regardless of background or adversity, has the right to compassionate care in which their individuality is respected and celebrated. As a social worker she comes from a strengths-based perspective and always strives to work collaboratively. Marial draws upon elements of mindfulness and trauma-informed care in helping clients to define and work toward their goals. She finds that building confidence and self-esteem, alongside providing a safe space to process and explore, can open surprising doors for growth and progress.

Marial is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Eugene, Oregon. She is an Oregon native and a graduate of Portland State University (2016) and Southern Oregon University (2003).

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Breeana Jarvis, LCSW
Licensed Therapist

Bree enjoys working with teens, adults, families and couples and believes the client is the true expert in their own lives. She sees herself as a guide along the way and takes a client-centered, trauma-informed approach, utilizing various therapeutic treatment strategies including cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. She has a wide variety of experience working with clients with depression, anxiety, disruptive behaviors, self-esteem, grief/loss and trauma.

As a long-time resident of Lane County, Bree began her career providing mental health counseling to the residents of a substance use disorder program as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and earned her Master of Social Work at Portland State University.

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Eugene Obersinner, LCSW
Licensed Therapist

Gene is a licensed clinical social worker who has provided mental health counseling for more than 10 years in our area. He uses a blend of DBT, Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, CBT, existentialism, and an empowerment-based, trauma-sensitive approach in his work with individuals, ages 13 and older. His specialties include life transitions, decision-making, grief and loss, relationship issues, and clinical supervision.

A native Oregonian, Gene grew up in a rural area near Woodburn, OR. He and his wife have lived in Eugene for over 30 years. His interests include the outdoors, basketball, soccer, cats, cooking, and performance-related psychology. He graduated from the U of O in 1990 and earned his MSW in 1997 from San Diego State University.

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Jennifer Duncan
Business Manager

Jennifer is a co-owner of Applegate Counseling. With more than 20 years in high tech industries, including years of ownership in a niche software company, she brings a solid business background that supports the needs of our office behind the scenes. Jennifer is a Purdue graduate and a long-time resident of Lane County where she and Dan raised three sons.

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Beckie
Billing Manager

Beckie is the heart of Applegate Counseling. Her background includes years of insurance billing and medical office management as well as experience helping young children with expanding their reading skills. She meets our clients with unmatched compassion and support.  She keeps our office running smoothly and makes sure it’s a welcoming environment for all.

Provide Counseling Services at Applegate Counseling

If you are a therapist that would like to join our team, please contact us. We are always looking to bring more counseling services to our clients. We strive to support compassionate therapists and invest in your success so that you may bring your individual strengths to your clients in a safe and comfortable environment. As your practice develops throughout your career, our goal is to help you reach your professional goals at each stage. We also seek to provide a community of complementary therapy resources where you can collaborate with others.

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