About Me

Let’s start with my name. Yes, it looks like ‘Groan-er’, but it’s pronounced ‘Grain-er’. Don’t worry, I had it wrong at first too.

Counseling Philosophy

My symbol for A Work in Progress is the nautilus shell. This little living spiral is a metaphor for my counseling philosophy. Looking at the shell as the spiral works inward, this represents the work of digging deep within for answers, working our way down to your core. As you look at the spiral unfurling outward, each chamber grows bigger and opens up. This represents your development as a person, your inner strength revealed.

Experienced, Skilled, Educated

I have been counseling people since 1997. While I have worked primarily with men, I also have experience with women and couples. Much of my work as a counselor has been in the forensic world. I work with domestic violence offenders at Allies in Change. Check them out at alliesinchange.org for more information. I also work with sex offenders at Oregon Center for Change. Their website is oregoncenterforchange.com to learn more.

My forensic work means I am not shy in working with challenging topics. I am skilled at assisting clients in examining their lives and how they impact others, developing a stronger relationship with themselves and others in the process. You and I together will analyze the reasons behind your choices, develop an understanding of how you got ‘here’, and develop the skills that are needed to get where you want to be.

Professional Associations

I am a clinical member of the following groups:

  • ATSA – the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (international)
  • OATSA – the Oregon chapter of ATSA


You can call and leave a private message at 971-229-1797, or send a private message by email to diana@a-workinprogress.com. I am usually with a client and so unable to answer the phone, so please leave a message and I will return your call. I am happy to answer any questions you may have.

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