cheryl_jeffersonCheryl’s formal training began in 2000 when she served eight years as an associate pastor for a church in Portland. Later she served as a Program Director for a women’s residential facility. There, she provided spiritual direction, one-on-one counseling, treatment planning, and education for women facing life-controlling issues.


Cheryl has worked in the social service profession for over 20 years. She has a Bachelors of Science and holds a Masters of Arts in Counseling. Cheryl is a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) in the state of Oregon and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Washington; she provides counseling and pastoral care services at her private practice located in Vancouver, WA.

Therapeutic Approach

I believe therapy is most effective in a collaborative process in which treatment goals are co-created and aimed at improving client functioning, relationships, and quality of life. I enjoy working with issues of crisis intervention, grief/loss, depression, anxiety, trauma, and other life transitions. I work to create a comfortable space for listening, reflecting and questioning which allows fresh insights to emerge. It is my goal to provide a safe place for the language of your heart. My passion is to guide individuals in the process of healing and self recognition through the integration of their faith and various therapeutic approaches to mental health.