With so much news about the ongoing pandemic driving increased demand for mental health services, including counseling and psychotherapy, it’s appropriate that the 2020 Oregon Coast Community College Small Business Management Program business of the year is a counseling business that’s currently expanding services in Lincoln County.
The team at Ocean Mist Counseling and Wellness in Newport believes that psychotherapy is a creative collaboration that promotes unification of mind, body and spirit and improves one’s quality of life.
“We work with individuals, couples and families who are dealing with life changes, traumatic life events, emotional difficulties, relationship challenges, addiction, grief and loss and various psychological conditions,” said Karlee Davis, who, along with her husband, Cliff, owns and operates Ocean Mist Counseling and Wellness.
Even as the COVID-19 crisis was ravaging the coastal economy, the business was expanding into new space in Newport. The Ocean Mist Counseling team also graduated from the OCCC Small Business Development Center’s Small Business Management Program in the spring, and secured the SBM’s “Business of the Year” honors for their creativity and dedication.
“Ocean Mist Counseling was doing amazing things in our SBM program throughout the past academic year, well before the onset of the pandemic,” said program coordinator and SBDC business advisor Misty Lambrecht. “The fact that they’ve persevered and continued pursuing their plans for expansion throughout this difficult time — and the vital service they’re providing our friends and neighbors — underscores the reasons why Ocean Mist was the perfect choice for Business of the Year.”
The Ocean Mist therapeutic approach blends cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, mindfulness, meditation, breath work, yoga, inner child work, spirituality, inner alignment, Ayurveda, Reiki energy healing, aromatherapy and other holistic approaches. Additional specialties include emotional freedom technique and neuro-linguistic programming.
Karlee Davis was born and raised in Billings, Mont. She lived in Eugene for 17 years before moving to Newport in 2018. Her education includes a master’s degree in clinical counseling from Bellevue University in 2012, completion of her graduate school practicum at The Relief Nursery of Lane County’s Therapeutic Early Childhood Program, coupled with a clinical internship at Serenity Lane, a residential dual diagnosis treatment center.
Cliff Davis was born and raised in Eugene. He has completed a variety of college courses and educational programs that have earned him certificates that complement his well-rounded approach to business. He will sometimes join Karlee for continuing education trainings in order to better help provide clients with trauma-informed care and the resources they need when contacting their counseling office.
How did the Davis’ decide to settle in Newport?
“The Oregon coast has always been a favorite destination for us, Newport especially,” Cliff said. “We were attracted to the smaller town and slower lifestyle than we had in Eugene. We had learned that Lincoln County was an underserved population when it comes to mental health services.” He said as they began networking with local clinics and therapists, “we learned that providers were working hard and passionately, yet the demand continued to exceed the supply of trained mental health professionals. With all the beauty of the Oregon coast, we knew that our family could live a great life here while helping to meet the mental health needs of this wonderful community.
“Driven by a deep commitment to helping others toward health and happiness, our therapists will help guide you through emotional healing, unresolved trauma, life transitions, mental blocks and unfulfilling relationship patterns,” Cliff continued. “Our goal is to help you define what you truly want, and then help you manage the obstacles that get in your way.”
Strength in numbers
Ocean Mist provides individual and group counseling services. Group counseling offers a confidential, safe space for individuals to gain self-awareness and awareness of how they relate to others who are facing similar experiences. The group counseling experience can reduce loneliness, create a sense of belonging, normalize one’s symptoms and/or experience, improve communication skills, promote change in quick and meaningful ways, enhance perspective on certain topics and help build new skills for coping with life’s challenges. Group therapy has gained popularity in recent years due to its affordability and numerous studies showing its effectiveness as an alternative to individual therapy. While individual therapy may be more appropriate for people who are healing from traumatic life events or are struggling with more severe mental health issues, group therapy can be more appropriate for individuals who are wanting to learn and develop coping skills, process grief and loss, cope with social anxiety, recover from addiction or support family members who experience addiction or mental illness.
Ocean Mist Counseling, located at 605 SW Hurbert St. in Newport, offers telehealth (phone and video counseling) as well as in-person counseling. More information can be found online at www.oceanmistcounseling.com, or by calling 541-270-4717.