Portland, Oregon Therapists

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Layne specializes in awakening resilience. His work fosters emotional agility, develops mental clarity, and optimizes personal power. Resilience is positive and constructive adaptation. Whether you feel out of balance, lost, broken, or looking to...
Michelle Garfinkel
Certified Spiritual Counselor (VITA Method)
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Oregon

Spiritual abuse haunts so many of us. Strict religions and high-control groups can affect your life even decades after leaving them. From difficulties in the bedroom to feeling like old beliefs are tattooed on your brain, the residue of...
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Oregon

Hi, I'm Kristen Ales I'm a therapist who specialized in disordered eating and negative body image. My passion for this work comes from years of disordered eating myself. After losing a significant amount of weight as a teenager and receiving praise...
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Portland, Oregon

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"At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want" Lao Tzu Power comes from being open to exploring your inner strength as a means of gaining insight and knowledge. I strive to provide a safe,...
Donald Marks
LPC, MA
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Oregon

If you are thinking about starting therapy, you've already taken the first step toward making a change. I strive to help you feel supported to grow into your best self, to collaborate on holistic goal setting, to feel validated and heard, and have...
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As a practical, interactive, solution-focused psychologist, my treatment approach is to provide support and feedback to help clients resolve current problems and long-standing patterns. With over 15 years of experience, I help clients find solutions...
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Portland, Oregon

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Oregon

My ideal client is willing and able to do deep self work. They are willing to ask the hard questions, and feel ready to face the scary things in their life. My ideal client is ready for change and as a result of this profound change is possible. In...
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Marla Christensen, MA, LPC, NCC, LMFT Wellspring Individual, Couples, Family Therapy LLC, Owner/Founder, Marriage & Family Therapist, Serving Individuals, Couples, and Families. Welcome to Wellspring Individual, Couples, and Family Therapy LLC. Your...
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Hawaii, Oregon

My name is Ken Fields. I am a nationally certified, state licensed mental health counselor. I am available online to provide you with quality, professional online counseling. Whatever problems and troubles you are faced with, I can offer you...
Sarah Sterling
MA, LPC Intern
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Portland, Oregon

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Oregon

I believe that human beings have an inherent tendency to seek balance, wholeness, love and health, and so I trust that you already hold the ultimate source of wisdom within you. I support change to happen authentically and organically from within....
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Oregon

Sometimes we need a caring person, skilled at listening, who will act as a mirror, reflecting back our deepest knowing and personal truth. The act of entrusting another in this manner helps us to realign with our wisest self. We begin feeling more...
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Portland, Oregon

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The point of anxiety is to keep us from physical harm. Anxiety was tremendously helpful to our ancestors, keeping them out of harm's way by sounding alarms in their head and making them feel incredibly uncomfortable in order to survive dangerous...
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Portland, Oregon

ABOUT ME I believe that the values of integrity, self-acceptance, self-compassion, and gratitude are essential to feeling fulfilled in your life and cultivating harmonious relationships. The Root&Connect way is to Feel Grounded, Be Focused, and...
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Bend, Oregon

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Oregon

We all deserve to heal, to find meaning in our lives, and to have healthy, fulfilling relationships with ourselves, others, and the world around us. Clients I work with are often in therapy because they are overwhelmed by worry, stress, and sadness....
Scott Waters
LPC 172
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Eugene, Oregon

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Oregon

One of the greatest joys I have is watching someone find more about themselves and the world around them. For myself, this process is best done with compassion, empathy, and some healthy challenge. I know that I need a place that is safe enough to...
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Oregon, Massachusetts

My work is informed by my life experience as a committed social worker, longtime member of a spiritual community, and mother of 4 adult children, including my youngest son who has Down's Syndrome. I graduated from Smith College School for Social...
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Lake Oswego, Oregon

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Oregon

I am a therapist with over thirty years clinical experience. Over the years I’ve worked with and helped hundreds of individuals and couples through a wide range of difficulties. My style is respectful, interactive and dynamic. I’ve learned that...
Troy Pound
NCC, MA,LPC-IN, MHCA
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Forest Grove, Oregon

As a husband, father, mental health worker, and minister, I have experienced my fair share of challenges. We all need an encouraging voice from time to time. I am ready to meet you where you are and support you in reaching your goals. I have...
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Ashland, Oregon

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Oregon, Arizona

My therapy is active and involved, and will ask you to sort through how you think about things, how you feel, your connected behaviors and what you want out of life that you are not getting. I help you develop compassion for yourself and your pain,...
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My name is Meegan and I’m an LMFT who has been providing mental health services over the last several years. I treat all my clients with respect to their identity and culture. My philosophy and approach toward treatment is person-centered. I...
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Please go to www.garymonkarsh.com, my website, for a full biography of my clinical expertise, educational experience, and treatment focus and skills.
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I use a combination of mental health counseling techniques to teach clients techniques to to overcome or cope with the challenges they face. My treatment moralities include, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT),solution focused, cognitive behavioral...
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Portland, Oregon

Do you often feel misunderstood and hurt? Do you feel as though your emotions are controlling you and you don’t know what to do to change that? Does it leave you feeling anxious and depressed? I know what that feels like and I can help with that....
Megan West
LPC, CADC III
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Bend, Oregon

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Megan West established RiverBend Wellness, LLC after maintaining a variety of roles within community mental health for over fifteen years. Megan attended Oregon State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of...

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 is ever-expanding. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the citizenry of Portland increased by 10% from 2000 to 2010. The city is known for its creativity and beautiful, lush outdoors. However, not all is good in Portland. 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 the 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.

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%. 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% growth since 2010, as per the U.S. Census Bureau. This spike is 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 is 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% 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 homelessness. As per a 2017 survey, there are 4,177 homeless people in Multnomah County, where Portland is located. That’s a massive 10% 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% of those who are homeless live with a severe mental illness. For reference, the national average for that statistic is 6%. Additionally, almost 40% 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%. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the national average for divorced couples is roughly 10%. 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
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 to 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% of Portlanders 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% 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 that’s known for providing quality care for patients.