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.

Jennifer Fishman

Jennifer Fishman, MA, LCPC, NCC,

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 each student to find an individu Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 12 years


Melissa  Gomsrud

Melissa Gomsrud , MA, LPC, NCC,

Hi, My name is Melissa Gomsrud, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oregon, and a National Certified Counselor. I have over 18 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 therapy journey. My st Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 18 years


Barbara Leigh

Barbara Leigh, M.S.Ed., LPC-S, NCC,

With 30 years of experience as a therapist, I offer the perfect combination of seasoned wisdom, current relevance and flexible interventions. I have seen trends come and go in the fields of psychology and counseling, so I like to hone in on your needs and tailor treatment modalities to your particular circumstances and expectations. I enjoy helping people discover their true needs/desires and pursuing their dreams, fantasies and meeting their li Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 30 years


Caitlin Joyce

Caitlin Joyce, LCSW,

I am a clinical social worker with 15 years of experience working in social work, counseling, and supportive positions. I have worked in New York City and Portland, Oregon so I have experience with people from a wide range of backgrounds. One of my main areas of specialty is parenting stress, specifically parenting when you have your own history of trauma that you are finding is starting to impact how you parent. I also have significant training in trauma and abuse, depress Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 15 years


Dr. Terri Lechnyr

Dr. Terri Lechnyr, Ph.D., LCSW,

Safe, Healing & Confidential Welcome! I look forward to working with you to find the stability you desire. If you are experiencing tough choices and life transitions that are impacting how you feel about yourself and life, please know I am here to be an active listener and supporter to help you arrive at decisions that are best for you. Please know that LGBTQ clients are safe here. I work collaboratively to provide active self-care skills within a Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 16 years


Deidre Gestrin

Deidre Gestrin, MA, NCC,

As a professional counselor of 9 years I have enjoyed helping others work through daily struggles. I have worked with those suffering from depression, anxiety, parenting issues, relationship issues, life changes, abuse, domestic violence, and trauma. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Oregon and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Idaho. I am also a board approved supervisor in the state of Idaho. My approaches to counseling inc Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 9 years


Linda McNellis

Linda McNellis, LCSW,

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_symbol_backslash_ma Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 26 years


Amy Beene

Amy Beene, MS, LPC,

I am a counselor licensed in the state of Oregon and Arkansas with over 9 years experience. I work with individuals and families that struggle with a wide array of issues including depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, LGBTQ struggles, parenting, anger management, and life dissatisfaction. I also have worked closely with individuals undergoing trauma, grief, and emotional abuse. My therapeutic style is one of acceptance and security. Expect me to be laid back, comp Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 9 years


Heather DeVore

Heather DeVore, LPC,

Hi! I'm so glad you are here. I have been working as a therapist in various settings since 2005 (community mental health, residential treatment for eating disorders, and outpatient private practice). Throughout my personal journey and professional career I have become acutely aware of how women today are burdened with a sense of shame from believing that they are not good enough. This worn out myth has resulted in a great cost to the physical, menta Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 13 years


Bonnie Edwards

Bonnie Edwards, PCC, PC, LMHC,

Bonnie Edwards is a Professional Clinical Counselor specializing in individual therapy and practices e-therapy for clients in Ohio and Utah. Bonnie provides a therapeutic approach that is honest and supportive offering practical feedback and skills to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. In addition to being a relationship therapist, Bonnie has been an instructor of MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) and has a life-long commitment to meditation p Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 20 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.