Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Portland, Oregon

Find a therapist in Portland, Oregon that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Portland to find a professional specializing in counseling people with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and more.


Heather Teters

MSW, LCSW
5 years experience
Hello, I am so glad you are reaching out! My name is Heather and I am a board certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oregon, currently practicing as a therapist in Portland. I am also certified in addictions counseling in Oregon. My education and professional background have given me a unique approach to counseling that is holistic, strength-based, and culturally thoughtful and inclusive. I have advanced experience working with adults and adolescents struggling with addiction,... Read More
Hello, I am so glad you are reaching out! My name is Heather and I am a board certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oregon, currently practicing as a therapist in Portland. I am also certified in addictions counseling in... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Jennifer Fishman

MA, LCPC, NCC
12 years experience
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LCPC) in Idaho, as well as Nationally Certified Counselor, and I also hold the Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies. I have been a counselor for 12 years in different settings, such as community agencies of different kind, as well as my own practice. Prior to becoming a counselor, I was an adult educator and worked for colleges and business schools. As an educator, I was passionate about motivating... Read More
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LCPC) in Idaho, as well as Nationally Certified Counselor, and I also hold the Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies. I have been a counselor for 12 years in different settings, such as community... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 years

Kimberly Gerhardt

LPC
20 years experience
I have a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from George Fox University (1998) and have been a Licensed Professional Counselor in Oregon since 2002. I have dedicated my professional career to helping people and their families. I have had the pleasure of working with incredible people, helping them find hope and belief in their potential to live better lives. I strive to create a space where people feel safe, comfortable and respected. I am... Read More
I have a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from George Fox University (1998) and have been a Licensed Professional Counselor in Oregon since 2002. I have dedicated my professional career to helping people and their families. I have had the... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years

Brandi Johnson

LPC
6 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed in the state of Oregon. I graduated from East Central University in Oklahoma with a Master's of Human Resources Rehabilitation Counseling in 2013. Throughout my journey of being a Licensed Therapist I have worked with clients with Dual Diagnosis, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Personality Disorders, and more. I believe that every client is unique and special which requires me to be eclectic in my approach. ... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed in the state of Oregon. I graduated from East Central University in Oklahoma with a Master's of Human Resources Rehabilitation Counseling in 2013. Throughout my journey of being a Licensed Therapist... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Emily Adler

LCSW
3 years experience
Emily is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a client centered approach to therapy. She focuses on collaborating with clients and meeting them where they are in their journey. Using a strength-based trauma informed approach to therapy she works with clients to find and master skills that can help make life a little better. Emily believes that the most important indicator of success in therapy is the client/therapist relationship. She focuses on... Read More
Emily is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a client centered approach to therapy. She focuses on collaborating with clients and meeting them where they are in their journey. Using a strength-based trauma informed approach to therapy she... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Linda McNellis

LCSW
26 years experience
Hello: My name is Linda McNellis. I am a mental health professional driven to help others overcome personal obstacles with twenty-six years’ experience. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) I value each person's unique personality and individual situations that prompt them to seek professional services. I am committed to assist individuals reach their full potential. I have a significant amount of experience working with person coping with loss/grief, depression,... Read More
Hello: My name is Linda McNellis. I am a mental health professional driven to help others overcome personal obstacles with twenty-six years’ experience. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) I value each person's unique personality and... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 26 years

Silvana Espinoza Lau

MS, LMFT
6 years experience
I am a Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Oregon. I hold a Masters in Psychology from CalPoly San Luis Obispo and a bachelors in Psychology from overseas. I have worked in outpatient and in residential settings with individuals, couples, families, and groups. I am grateful to have worked with underrepresented and marginalised communities with a social justice focus. My goal for counselling is to be able to create a safe space free of... Read More
I am a Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Oregon. I hold a Masters in Psychology from CalPoly San Luis Obispo and a bachelors in Psychology from overseas. I have worked in outpatient and in residential settings with... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 6 years

Amy Dummer

LPC
3 years experience
I am a professional counselor licensed in the state of Oregon. I have been working as a counselor for three years and in the mental health field for five. I have experience working with teens and college aged individuals as well as adults with a variety of challenges including: life transitions, depression, anxiety, parenting and interpersonal relationship challenges and overcoming trauma. I believe that all individuals need to feel a sense of connection and... Read More
I am a professional counselor licensed in the state of Oregon. I have been working as a counselor for three years and in the mental health field for five. I have experience working with teens and college aged... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Melissa Gomsrud

MA, LPC, NCC
20 years experience
Hi, My name is Melissa Gomsrud, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oregon, and a National Certified Counselor. I have over 20 years of experience in the field of mental health and currently operate a private counseling practice in Oregon. I primarily work with people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, parenting issues, career issues, and other life challenges. I enjoy supporting people in their personal... Read More
Hi, My name is Melissa Gomsrud, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oregon, and a National Certified Counselor. I have over 20 years of experience in the field of mental health and currently operate a private... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years

Amy Green

LPCC, LMFT
14 years experience
It's important to me that you have an idea of who I am as a human being first... then as a therapist. I am one year shy of 40. I have been with my husband since I was 20... and no, it wasn't always easy and yes, we did go to counseling, many times! I have a 18 year old daughter, who is by far one of my favorite people. I also have a 8... Read More
It's important to me that you have an idea of who I am as a human being first... then as a therapist. I am one year shy of 40. I have been with my husband since I was 20... and... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 14 years

Kavitha Goldowitz

LMFT, MA
10 years experience
Kavitha provides effective counseling services to individuals, couples and families. She conveniently offers counseling in-person at her office location as well as via online/tele-health medium (Zoom/Hangouts/Skype). Read More
Kavitha provides effective counseling services to individuals, couples and families. She conveniently offers counseling in-person at her office location as well as via online/tele-health medium (Zoom/Hangouts/Skype). Read More
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  • Languages: English, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Japanese
  • Experience: 10 years

Justice Arledge

LPC
2 years experience
Hello, my name is Justice Arledge I have been working in this field since 2009 I also have my Masters degree in mental health counseling. I have more than 10 years of experience helping people work through the many unpleasantries that we find in our everyday life. I have helped people work through trauma, depression, and PTSD. Read More
Hello, my name is Justice Arledge I have been working in this field since 2009 I also have my Masters degree in mental health counseling. I have more than 10 years of experience helping people work through the many unpleasantries that we find in our everyday life. I have helped people work through trauma, depression, and PTSD. Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 2 years

Elizabeth Gentzkow

LPC
8 years experience
Clients struggling with anxiety, stress, work related issues, relationship issues, loss, productivity, and relentless need to achieve enjoy my gentle yet directive style in Therapy. I am a Cognitive Behavior Therapist that enjoys being just as human as you in the journey of growth and change. Let's talk. Read More
Clients struggling with anxiety, stress, work related issues, relationship issues, loss, productivity, and relentless need to achieve enjoy my gentle yet directive style in Therapy. I am a Cognitive Behavior Therapist that enjoys being just as human as you in the journey of growth and change. Let's talk. Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Ellie Antico

LMFT
2 years experience
Struggle is universal. Through sharing our experiences with one another we’re able to make meaning, conquer shame, and feel connected. As a therapist I respect your strength and vulnerability, offering a safe, nonjudgmental space to express your truth, explore, and heal. Read More
Struggle is universal. Through sharing our experiences with one another we’re able to make meaning, conquer shame, and feel connected. As a therapist I respect your strength and vulnerability, offering a safe, nonjudgmental space to express your truth, explore, and heal. Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 2 years

Jana Corbett

PhD
5 years experience
I'm a psychologist who can help you develop the skills to effectively identify, regulate and communicate your emotions, needs and boundaries to others. Therapy with me is relational, non-judgmental, body positive, sex positive and LGBTQ+ and poly competent. If this sounds like a good fit, please contact me for a 15 minute consultation. Read More
I'm a psychologist who can help you develop the skills to effectively identify, regulate and communicate your emotions, needs and boundaries to others. Therapy with me is relational, non-judgmental, body positive, sex positive and LGBTQ+ and poly competent. If this sounds like a good fit, please contact me for a 15 minute consultation. Read More
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  • Languages: English, German
  • Experience: 5 years

Angela Guerrero

LPC
6 years experience
Does your inner critic often take over? Allow me to help you discover ways to relate with yourself that soothe and comfort rather than produce pain. Through mindfulness practices integrated with an approach serving to nurture the whole person, we can work to meet your life's struggles with more confidence and kindness towards yourself. Read More
Does your inner critic often take over? Allow me to help you discover ways to relate with yourself that soothe and comfort rather than produce pain. Through mindfulness practices integrated with an approach serving to nurture the whole person, we can work to meet your life's struggles with more confidence and kindness towards yourself. Read More
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 6 years

D Lydia Seright

LMFT
9 years experience
Video-counseling therapist servings residents of Oregon and New York, specializing in LGBTQ+ counseling, sex therapy, relationships, and trauma processing. Read More
Video-counseling therapist servings residents of Oregon and New York, specializing in LGBTQ+ counseling, sex therapy, relationships, and trauma processing. Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years

Guide to Finding Mental Health Professionals in Portland, Oregon

The beautiful city of Portland is home to over 600,000 people, making it
Oregon’s most populous city. And, the number of residents are
ever-expanding. According to the U.S. Census Bureau , the citizenry of
Portland enlarged by 10% from 2000 to 2010. The city is known for its
creativity and beautiful, lush outdoors. However, not all is good in Portland.
In fact, directors at a new Portland-based clinic, Unity , are calling it a
“mental health crisis.” New reports are released periodically, each shining a
much-needed light on how prolific mental problems are in Portland and
state as a whole. In fact, according to a 2017 study , Oregon ranked as the
worst state for mental health in America. Let’s break down the contributing
factors to this so-called crisis and discuss solutions for those suffering in
the area.

An Overview of Mental Health in Portland, Oregon

As mentioned before, the state of Oregon currently stands as the worst
state for mental health. It’s widely believed that the rate of mental illness in
Portland is roughly 40 percent. These mental illnesses can be anything
from eating disorders to anxiety. But, in Portland’s case, depression and
suicide are the primary mental health problems people deal with.
Depression is so prevalent in the city that suicide is the current leading
cause of death and the trend is only continuing, according to a 2018 report
from Lifeline Connections .
So, what’s the reason behind the state-wide mental health epidemic? As
discussed previously, Portland’s population recently received an influx of
transplants. The surge in population is continuing at a steady pace with 8.3
percent growth since 2010, as per the U.S. Census Bureau . This spike is
definitely a contributing factor, as those who live around more people are
more susceptible to mental illness.
Another demographic that’s statistically vulnerable to mental illness are war
veterans. Common ailments for veterans include post-traumatic stress
disorder (PTSD) and depression. In fact, according to the National
Veterans Foundation, almost one in four veterans suffer from debilitating
depression or PTSD, a dishearteningly high rate. Portland, Oregon is home
to just over 10 percent of Oregon’s entire veteran population, according to
a report published by the state . That’s an extremely high number of very
vulnerable people living as Portlanders; undoubtedly a primary cause of the
high rate of mental illness in the area.
Portland, Oregon is experiencing more than a mental health crisis. The city
is also going through an unceasing increase in the homelessness. As per a
2017 survey , there are 4,177 homeless people in Multnomah County,
where Portland is located. That’s a massive ten percent increase from
2015; a significant surge. The homeless population is also a particularly
vulnerable demographic, featuring exceptionally high rates of mental illness
and substance abuse. According to the National Coalition for the
Homeless , approximately 25 percent of those that are homeless live with a
severe mental illness. For reference, the national average for that statistic
is six percent. Additionally, almost 40 percent of homeless people suffer
from addiction, a key player in mental health problems. Though Portland’s
homeless population isn’t all that much higher than the national average,
the growing nature of it is what’s concerning. Experts attribute the rise to
poor policy decisions on the part of the local government. Recently, a plan
was put in place in an attempt to house every homeless family in the area.
Unfortunately, it was largely unsuccessful and thus deemed a failure.
Portland, Oregon’s divorce rate is one of the highest in the country coming
in at 12.5 percent. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the national
average for divorced couples is roughly ten percent. Divorce is another
contributor to Portland’s poor rate of mental health, potentially leaving all
parties involved more likely to develop mental illnesses. The increasing
number of therapists specializing in family therapy for Portlanders is
indicative of the high divorce rate.

The Trouble of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Portland, Oregon

Regrettably, only a fraction of those in need of help will receive it. There is
a multitude of reasons behind this, including the fact that for many, finding
a therapist can be an overwhelming process; especially for those seeking
counseling for the first time. However, for the sake of treatment, it’s critical
you find the best therapist possible. It’s important to settle with someone
you’re comfortable speaking with and who offers insightful advice.
Well-reviewed or highly recommended therapists are usually your best bet.
The insurance market in Portland is uneasy at the moment, leaving almost
12 percent of Portlander’s without any health insurance; three points higher
than the national average, as per the U.S. Census Bureau . Additionally,
health insurance hikes are on the horizon, with many Oregonians looking at
a 16 percent increase in premiums by next year. You must pick a therapist
that aligns appropriately with your insurance plan or lack thereof.
Mental Health Resources in Portland, Oregon
The state of Oregon has recognized the state of emergency regarding
mental health and has funded the creation of quite a few distinguished
institutions focusing on treating Portland residents. Unity Center for
Behavioral Health is a new clinic offering a variety of services to those in
need. There’s also Cedar Hills Hospital, a large organization who’s known
for providing quality care for patients.
E-Counseling.com’s therapist directory was created to help those in need of
mental health assistance via counseling find trusted professionals in your
area. Settle for the best experience by using our directory to find a therapist
fit just for you.