Gail A. Bills LCSW

 


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My Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Social Work, Portland State University

  • Bachelor of Arts In English, minor in Anthropology, University of Alaska

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (State of Oregon #4336)

  • Certified Gambling Addictions Counselor II

  • Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®

My Professional Experience:

More than ten years of counseling experience with a variety of people:

  • Individuals recovering from grief and loss associated with major life events — death, divorce & break-ups, loss of employment, financial setbacks, difficult transition after relocation or going back to school, empty nest, retirement, addiction or serious illness

  • Individuals, couples, and families negatively impacted by behavioral addictions

  • Individuals and couples referred by DHS for counseling to support family reunification/resumption of child custody

  • Single mothers returning to the workforce through the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act

  • Individuals seeking help to escape from domestic violence

  • Seniors (Alaska Native and others) living in small towns and traditional Native Villages in SE Alaska who needed an array of social services to help them remain in their homes and natural communities

  • Children struggling with reading difficulties

  • Caregivers of family members with developmental disabilities, cognitive impairment or serious illness

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My Personal Life:

Before moving to Oregon in 2003 to pursue a career in counseling, my husband and I lived, worked, and raised our kids in Juneau, Alaska. As a working mom, I had to figure out how to contribute financially and fulfill my family responsibilities at home; yes, it was a juggling act. My employment, during those years, included: site supervisor of several seniors centers in small villages around SE Alaska; in-home care to developmentally disabled adults and children; and, administrative work for the State of Alaska Mental Health Office and for the Juneau School District.

Finding the right balance between work and home responsibilities was not always easy. It took effort, commitment, and a willingness to make mid-course corrections when needed. I am always looking for what works, and I bring that attitude into my practice. I encourage people to experiment and take reasonable risks. A guiding principle in my personal and professional life is: If what you are doing isn't working, do something else!

 

Gail A. Bills, LCSW   •   189 Liberty St NE, Suite 203B   •  Salem, Oregon  •   97304

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