Dr. Falkenstein received her doctorate from the University of Oregon Counseling Psychology program in 2010. She has more than 15 years of experience working with children, families and young adults. After receiving her doctorate, she participated in grant writing, teaching graduate level courses, publishing scholarly articles and book chapters, and has worked as part of a team to develop culturally informed and research-based interventions for children and families. She has traveled across the country training school staff on the Positive Family Support (PFS) model, an evidenced-based intervention that that she helped develop with scientists at the Prevention Science Institute (PSI), University of Oregon and Research and Education Advancing Children’s Lives (REACH) institute at Arizona State University. She has a passion for providing clinical supervision and supporting the professional development of trainees and colleagues.
Dr. Falkenstein employs a strengths-based approach in her therapy work with clients. She uses evidence-based, cognitive behavioral based strategies, mindfulness approaches, and believes that an interpersonal approach to therapy is a critical and necessary ingredient for positive change. She specializes in working with youth and young adults experiencing depression and anxiety, adjustment problems, social and family difficulties, and behavioral challenges.
In addition to her role as a clinician, Dr. Falkenstein currently serves as the Clinical Director for Strong Integrated Behavioral Health’s outpatient locations at Club Road and Oak Street in Eugene, Oregon. In this role, she supports the overall mission and goals of the organization and provides direct clinical support to clinicians.
In her free time, she enjoys travel, gardening, listening to live music, hiking and spending time with her family, friends and rescue dog, Bernard.