Why Premarital Counseling?

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One of the most common questions I get from engaged couples is, “What are the benefits of premarital counseling?” Since it’s often asked, I thought I would share a few of my thoughts here in hopes that it will help you gain a better understanding as you look into premarital counseling. Build on strengths. Premarital counseling is a great opportunity …

Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

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So we’re just over two weeks into the new year and many people are probably struggling with their resolutions. It’s very common, and we all do it. We make big plans and then a few days later ask ourselves, “What was I thinking?!” in sheer disappointment. Well, maybe it’s not quite as dramatic as that but you get the idea. …

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Boundaries: What Are They?

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In my practice, I talk a lot about boundaries. They’re an important part of life and relationships, and are the foundation for healthy living. But what are they? This article will give you a brief overview of what boundaries are, including some examples of boundaries, and why they’re important so that you have a better understanding and appreciation for them …

New Design and Blog!

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Welcome to my newly redesigned website, which now includes a blog! I will be using the blog for a few different purposes: To let you know about new features to my website; To  alert you to important changes with my practice (such as scheduling); To write some helpful ideas, tips, insights, and information that you might find helpful for dealing …

Warm and Professional

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Hi, I’m Aaron Potratz. First and foremost, I am passionate about relationships and families. I see them as the key to happiness and health in life. In order for us to have good relationships, we also need to be healthy as individuals. My desire is to help you improve all of these so that you can experience life to the …

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New Office Location

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Conveniently located off Hwy 217 and about a half a mile from Hwy 99/Pacific Hwy, my office has a private parking lot with plenty of spaces and is across the street from the Well & Good Coffee House. You will also find George Fox University (Portland campus), Costco, Winco, Starbucks, Dutch Bros., and Office Max nearby.   Read more about my office …

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Comfortable Office

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Inside, my office is comfortable and inviting. Clients can enter and feel safe as they begin their journey toward healing and growth. Hanging on the walls are two custom art pieces painted by local artist Jesse Rigamonti, and there is a large window that looks out onto an open green space.

Free Wireless Internet

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To make my clients comfortable and welcome, I provide free wireless internet access in the waiting area of my office. Clients can choose from browsing the available selection of magazines or log onto the web to send emails, check current sports scores, or read their favorite news articles from the convenience of their mobile devices.

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Relationships

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I provide counseling for couples – dating, premarital/engaged, and married. My hope is that by going through counseling, my clients will gain a better knowledge of themselves, understanding of their partner, and awareness of the skills they need to practice in order to improve the relationship. I balance long-term goals with practical tools that can be used immediately to help …

Improving Life

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Life can be challenging in many aspects including individual/personal, career and work, emotions, and others. Dealing with issues that impair functioning can help clients become more successful, satisfied, effective, joyful, and free as they interact with life in various ways. My hope is that counseling can improve life so that it becomes a realm of opportunities and hope for my …