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4431 SE Woodstock

Our Woodstock neighborhood office is located on the block between SE 44th Avenue & 45th Avenue, which is anchored by Safeway. You'll find our suite at the NW corner of the block (the center of the block, of course, is filled with free parking!). We're right next to Woodstock Dental.

fayannaFayanna Johnson, L.C.S.W.

Culturally Sensitive Counseling & Therapy
Adults, Couples & Youth

BethElzabeth "Beth" Kirkaldie, L.C.S.W.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Adults, Youth & Elders - Persons with Disabilities
CBT & Solution Focused Therapy
Fees: $40

mollyMolly Heriza, M.S.

Professional, Affordable Counseling
Adults and Couples

emilyEmily B. Ogden, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Specializing in Trauma & Couples Counseling


jacindaJacinda Phillips, LMT, C.E.T.

Providing Mind-Body Approach ~
"Core Energetics"
Fees: $40

brigidC. Brigid Mosher, L.P.C.

Professional Counseling for Women

betsy Ann "Betsy" Langston, L.M.F.T.

Professional, Affordable Counseling
Adults, Youth, Children
12-Step Support

rebeccaRebecca English, M.S.

Holistic, Affordable Counseling for
Adults and Couples

Fees: $40

jane Jane Leng, L.C.S.W.

Specializing in Trauma, Grief, Loss, Anxiety,
Depression and Chronic Medical Conditions

Fees: $40

Melissa Melissa Tomecek, M.A.

Professional, Affordable Counseling
for Adults, Couples and Youth
LGBTQIA Affirming
Fees: $40 with sliding fee options

kari Kari Hays, M.R.C.

Professional, Affordable Counseling for Adults
Fees: $40

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fayannaFayanna Johnson, L.C.S.W.


Professional, Culturally Sensitive Therapy
Adults, Families, Couples, Youth and Children
Fees: $40 per session

Telephone: 503-451-0692
Email: fayanna.johnson@gmail.com
Website: http://fayannajohnson.wix.com/therapy
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Seeking therapy and counseling can carry a negative stigma in some families and communities, and reaching out to find a counselor can seem uncomfortable and unfamiliar. If that's true for you, I invite you to give me a call so we can process through some of these thoughts even before our first session.

I am a culturally sensitive provider of affordable counseling and therapy services for adults, couples, youth and children. I have a down to earth approach, and draw from the approaches of Person-Centered Theory, Narrative Therapy, Family Systems Theory, and Ecological Systems perspective.

A "good fit" is important in a relationship between counselor and client, so I offer initial brief no-cost consultations either by phone or in person. My standard fee is just $40 per session, and I can offer a modest discount to those suffering extreme financial hardship.

I celebrate you for taking a first step in life change. It is my goal that you will feel welcome and safe to share. This will help you get the most out of our time together. I am excited to meet you, hopeful about the work we will do together and I look forward to your call!

bethElzabeth "Beth" Kirkaldie, L.C.S.W.

Oregon Board of of Social Workers

Client-Centered Counseling for Adults, Youth & Elders
Persons with Disabilities
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) & Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Fees: $40 per session

Email: EKirkaldie@gmail.com

My name is Beth Kirkaldie and I offer a client-centered, practical perspective to help clients achieve their goals. I have a calm, casual presence and use a variety of theories including Cognitive-Behavioral, Strengths Perspective, Brief Therapy and others as needed.

I am a Licensed Certified Social Worker with an MSW. I have worked with clients with disabilities, and clients with mental health and educational concerns, for over 20 years in a variety of positions: Mental Health Therapist, Special Education teacher and Vocational-Transition Specialist. I worked for Portland Public Schools as a Qualified Mental Health Professional and in a Juvenile Detention Center working with adolescents. My focus is to help older adults, adults and adolescents implement the changes in their lives they would like to see. Ultimately it is up to the client to do the hard work, but along the way, I will offer encouragement, share observations, challenge and support you as you gain insights and make the changes you desire.

The quality of the relationship between counselor and client is central to making progress in therapy. I offer a complimentary initial consultation to be certain that the match is a good one. My hope is that if it is not right that I can help you find a therapist within our organization to meet your needs. If we continue, payment is expected at the beginning of each session. My fee is just $40 with a sliding scale for those who qualify.

mollyhMolly Heriza, M.S., N.C.C.

Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists, Registered Intern R4040

Professional, Affordable Counseling
Adults and Couples

Telephone: 503-490-4040
Email: Herizacounseling@gmail.com

“I am breathing in. I am breathing out.” Thich Nhat Hahn

I believe we are all striving to live a connected and fulfilled life, but sometimes it can be challenging to figure out how to best achieve this. Therapy can provide an opportunity to illuminate those aspects of your life that may be inhibiting your overall well-being, giving you a chance to gain new insights so you can move forward with more intention.

Feelings such as frustration, sadness, depression, anxiety, loneliness, anger, shame, and marginalization often stem from unmet core needs. Drawing from a number of theoretical approaches such as mindfulness-based therapy, Non- Violent Communication, and Internal Family Systems we will work to uncover your unmet needs by looking at those areas of your life in which you are not feeling fulfilled. We will then identify how to most successfully meet these needs by exploring what has or has not worked in the past, ultimately helping you feel more connected to yourself, others, and life in general.

For couples trying to regain or strengthen intimacy in their relationships, the above modalities can also be helpful. The more skilled you become at recognizing your needs and identifying healthy ways to meet them, the sooner you can approach your partner from an honest, non-defensive manner, ask for what you need, and begin to feel more validated, understood, and connected.

I offer a supportive, non-judgmental environment for all individuals and lifestyles. I offer LBGTQ affirmative therapy.

I have a Masters in Counseling from Portland State University with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health. I am a Nationally Certified Counselor and am currently working towards licensure.

My fee is $60.00 per 50-minute session for individuals and couples, with a sliding scale available depending upon need. I do not accept insurance at this time. Payment is due in the form of cash or check.

I look forward to hearing from you.

emilyEmily B. Ogden, Ph.D.

Oregon Board of Psychologist Examiners

Specializing in Trauma & Relationship Counseling

Telephone: 301-641-7878
Email: emilyogden515@gmail.com

I tailor my practice depending on whether you are hoping to focus on one specific problem, or are seeking a deeper understanding of yourself through long-term work.

I work with individuals, couples and families and specialize in addressing relationship problems, symptoms of stress and depression, and trauma processing. My training as a doctoral level psychologist has allowed me to assimilate multiple treatment modalities, including psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive and behavioral techniques.

Therapy can re-orient a person to their true needs, allowing them to become more effective in many aspects of their lives: at work, home, and in relationships. I offer a collaborative, safe, and respectful environment where conversations unfold at their own pace. It is important that a person trusts the therapist who they work with and is able to discuss their problems openly.

The right "fit" between therapist and patient can be determined best after an initial consultation. I am happy to provide a flexible fee depending on your situation and constraints. I work with all insurance companies and am in-network with Pacific Source.

I can be reached at 301-641-7878 or via e-mail: emilyogden515@gmail.com

jacindaJacinda Phillips, LMT, C.E.T.

Exempt from Licensure Requirements due to specialized area of practice: Core Energetics

Working with Adult Individuals ~ Providing: Core Energetics ~ Fees: $40 per session

Phone: 503-481-6627
Email: phillips.jacinda@gmail.com

What is Core Energetics?

From the time before we are born, we begin to organize our energy in order to cope with the pain of unmet needs and external life experiences while simultaneously attempting to integrate with, align with, or even protect our inner experience. As we are born and grow, we continue to try to reconcile our external and internal worlds by creating strategies and defenses with our energy spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. Based on the concept that everything is a form of energy, that energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transformed, and that energy follows consciousness, it makes sense that we direct our energy and shape it into certain qualities that feel safe. This is the basis of Core Energetics theory and approach.

At the time, our defenses and strategies served us well ~ they helped us to adapt to the environment, stay alive, and keep our innermost, truest self from harm’s way. As adults we often continue to protect ourselves this way, even though the original circumstances no longer exist. At some point, we become aware that our early life experiences are affecting our adult life, and realize we may be limiting ourselves ~ our abilities, creativity, connection with others. Whatever the limitation, it IS possible to re-organize ourselves, resulting in consciously using our energy to serve our highest self and purpose. Here lies the crux of the work.

Practically applied, the Core Energetics practitioner engages with and helps us to explore our skillfully created energy systems, with the positive intention of expanding consciousness through self-awareness, recognizing resistance, tolerating and expressing difficult feelings, and ultimately connecting with our true and genuine energy current, our original "yes" to life. A session may include a combination of talking, connecting with the body in various ways, breath work, movement, and/or sound. Most importantly, is the element of team work. The Core Energetics practitioner is a witness, an observer and a guide who provides a safe container for self-exploration, deep healing and integration.

Please feel free to call or email me with your questions! Also, I offer a complementary half hour interview session to see if we are a good fit for each other. If it seems clear that a licensed mental health professional might better meet your needs, I'm glad to offer referrals to my colleagues at Wise Counsel & Comfort.

Appointments are available at Wise Counsel and Comfort at 4431 SE Woodstock on Friday mornings and at Common Ground Wellness Co-op on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

betsyAnn "Betsy" Langston, M.S., L.M.F.T.

Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists

Professional, Skilled, Individualized Therapy for Adults, Youth & Children
Special Expertise: Recovery/12 Step Support
Email: alangston.lmft@gmail.com

Telephone: 503-683-3790

I first developed an interest in becoming a therapist through experiencing the therapeutic process myself. The results of my own therapy led me to feel more "comfortable in my own skin", a phrase I learned while attending Al-Anon and other 12- Step programs. I was energized by my own personal growth and recovery and hoped to find a way to give back and hopefully inspire others to invest in their own growth and recovery process.

I returned to school to complete my education as a Marriage & Family Therapist and began working at a women's recovery program. At Mariposa Women's Center in southern California I worked with a gifted team of clinicians who encouraged and inspired me as I honed my clinical skills as an individual and group therapist. It was during my time working at Mariposa that I realized the power of group process to accelerate the healing and growth process. I encourage anyone to give themselves that opportunity for growth.

More recently I have worked in the field of Early Childhood mental health as a professional in Head Start programs. Due to influences from the fields of recovery, brain development and attachment theory, I approach therapy from a client-centered perspective and work with you to develop goals that are realistic and achievable. You determine the pace. We explore relationships and events that have shaped your emotional world and take whatever time you need to "unpack" these stories. I encourage creativity during the process: art, poetry, journaling, music; as aspects of ourselves can only be expressed in this way. My desire for you is to experience relief, growth, self-respect and hope as a result of being in therapy.

My personal philosophy is holistic. What I mean by that is: all aspects of our life contribute to our sense of well-being. Work, recreation, relationships, eating habits, community, spirituality, etc., are all part of the balance (or imbalance) of our lives. There will be challenging times on a journey of self-discovery, but it will be worth the effort. I look forward to getting to know you and working with you.

rebeccaeRebecca English, M.S., LPC(i)

Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, Registered Intern

Individual, Couples, Family & Group Counseling
Fees: $40

Email: rebeccaenglishcounseling@gmail.com

Telephone: 971-222-7482

Picking a therapist can feel overwhelming. What if I choose the wrong one? How will I know?

One important quality to look for in a counselor is the ability to truly see things from your point of view. While I have 16 years of education in Psychology, Social Sciences and Counseling, it is my personal experience which has given me the deepest connections. I believe we know best those things we've learned through our own life experience.

I see couples, families, and individuals, and specialize in helping with anxiety, depression, fear, isolation, trauma, and transition. As your counselor, I will be fully engaged in the work with you ~ helping you to discover answers and solutions you need to find.

Using an "eclectic" approach, I draw from several counseling modalities to best meet your needs. I am experienced in the areas of family and couples therapy, children, marriage, divorce and mediation, domestic violence, blended families, child custody, adolescence issues, resolution of family problems, family life transitions, attachment, grief, and loss.

My Master's Degree in Clinical Counseling was completed at Portland State University and I am a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). I have certificates in Victim’s Assistance Training, as well as a certificate of completion for training with the Oregon Youth Authority. I have worked extensively with at-risk young people in public, as well as in Juvenile Detention school settings and I've taught and worked extensively with children of all ages.

I am devoted to offering affordable services, so please do not let financial strain be a barrier. I look forward to hearing from you!

brigidClaudia Brigid Mosher, MA, LPC, TEP

Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists

Professional Counseling & Therapy for Women
LGBTQ Welcoming

Telephone: 425-877-6837
Email: brigid@brigidmoshertherapy.com

Website: BrigidMosherTherapy.com

I specialize in therapy with women. Anxiety, depression, stress and numbness can be signs that parts of you are demanding attention. We can find coping skills that help with these symptoms. I also believe that your emotional pain, your bodily experiences, your dreams, and your creativity let you know more about yourself and free you to make choices that are meaningful to you. I see therapy as a relationship in which you can come to greater awareness about yourself.

Listening to yourself sometimes begins with someone really listening with you. Not everyone had this growing up. A therapeutic relationship is one of the few places in adult life that you can find deep listening and new inner resources.

I have been practicing for 20 years. My experience is that healing happens in relationships and my training has all been based on a commitment to be fully present to that relationship. I first trained in psychodynamic process, or attuning to clients and the dynamics of our relationship deeply. At the same time I trained in psychodrama, working with the interpersonal dynamics in groups. I eventually became a trainer myself. Most recently I have honed my developmental awareness by training in Jungian sandplay with young children and my tools for working with the mind/body relationship by further training in Gestalt method. I bring many modalities to our work so that I can respond to where you are.

My clients have often been professional women, mothers, "crones," college students, women from other cultural backgrounds than my own and women who identify as LBGTQ.

janeJane Leng, L.C.S.W.


Self Discovery, LLC

Professional, Affordable Therapy for Adults
Utilizing EMDR to treat Trauma, Grief, Loss, Anxiety,
Depression and Chronic Medical Conditions

Telephone: 971-248-9071
Email: 4janeleng@gmail.com

The wound is the place where Light enters you -Rumi-

Our life journey has unexpected and overwhelming challenges and tragedy. During these times it is normal to feel trapped, confused and disconnected from ourselves and those we love. It take courage to recognize and seek help from trained psychotherapists.

My purpose is to offer a safe place to sort out what has gone wrong and to join with you as we mindfully explore your unique set of circumstances. With time and intentional practice you can build skills to navigate challenges and experience peaceful, joyful life. I am a 200 hr trained yoga instructor. My primary approach is mindful based cognitive behavioral therapy involving movement and sensation.

I have a extensive background in the practice of social work. Starting in 1985. I worked with refugees fleeing to the US and have developed a deep understanding of trauma and PTSD from those seeking asylum from the devastation of war and genocide. I graduated with a Master's Degree in Social Work from California State University, Sacramento in 2004. Since moving to Portland in 2007 I have worked as a hospice social worker and devoted much time to counseling those who have a terminal medical illness and their loved ones. I am EMDR trained. As a person who has struggled for over 28 years type I diabetes I offer coping techniques and tools to live life to the fullest in spite of physical challenges.

My fees are just $40 per 50 minute session or a sliding scale. I accept cash or credit card at the time of each visit. The connection between a therapist and client is key therefore the one time 30 minute face to face consultation is at no charge. I believe that each individual is a expert in their own life and that together we can utilize mindfulness to explore the perceptions, emotions and thoughts that are influencing your life and keep what has been working and to let go of what no longer serves you in order to find, balance, happiness and connection within yourself and others.

MelissaMelissa Tomecek, M.A., LPC Intern

Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists, Registered Intern

Individual, Adolescent and Couples Therapy
LGBTQIA Friendly

Fees: $40 with sliding scale options

Telephone: 503-984-7920
Email: MelissaTomecekCounseling@gmail.com

I genuinely believe that it is the quality of the relationship between therapist and the client that allows for real, lasting changes to occur. My role as the therapist, is to walk alongside, and create a safe space for your growth and development. You are the expert on your life and journey, and it is my role to help guide through that journey.

I tailor therapy to meet your individual needs and achieve your desired outcome. My approach is to work with ideas from cognitive-behavioral counseling, changing behaviors and thought patterns. I also use a strengths based approach, focusing on your strengths as an individual, and them as an aide in your growth. Not limited by methods, I will take whatever approach is needed to meet your needs. I provide non-judgmental support in identifying and resolving current problems and long-standing patterns that get in the way of the change you wish to see in your life.

In my career, I have worked with adults with severe and persistent mental illness struggling with a multitude of issues including depression, anxiety and substance abuse. I completed my internship serving adolescents, dealing with depression and self- identity.

I enjoy working with individual adults and adolescents, as well as with couples facing challenges and wanting to achieve a more satisfying relationship overall. Issues may include depression, anxiety, fear, isolation and identity.

I received my degree in Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University, and I am currently working towards licensure. My fee is $40 per session and I offer sliding scale options for clients coping with financial difficulties.

Please give me a call ~ I look forward to speaking with you!

kariKari Hays, M.R.C., M.A.-SpEd

Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists, Registered Intern #R4707

Therapy as unique as you!

Young Adults and Adults
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Specializing in Individuals with Sensory and Processing Difficulties

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Cellphone: 503-307-7253
Email: bohocounseling@gmail.com


I will collaborate with you to find creative ways to work through anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, social skills deficits, or communication issues that you may be experiencing in everyday life. I offer individualized, inventive techniques such as animal-assisted activities, art and writing, cinematherapy, gardening, mindfulness, movement therapy, and therapeutic storytelling, allowing you to personalize your therapy experience. I incorporate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, depending on your needs.

I provide a compassionate, safe space for individuals of all lifestyles and welcome the opportunity to learn more about your unique experiences. I have a Master of Rehabilitation Counseling (M.R.C.) from Texas Tech University and a Master of Arts in Special Education (M.A.-SpEd) from New Mexico Highlands University. I have worked in the counseling field for four years, in a variety of environments, including working with elementary school students, young adults, and adults in vocational rehabilitation, and individuals with severe and persistent mental illness in residential and outpatient programs. In the education field, I have worked in international education with individuals with disabilities, from elementary to high school, with an emphasis on individuals with sensory or processing difficulties.

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I offer a very affordable rate of $40 per 50-minute session and have a sliding scale for those who experience financial need. Payment is due at time of service and I accept cash or check. I do not accept insurance at this time.

I will do an initial consultation with you, to determine if I am what you require for your mental health needs, and this may be done either by phone or in-person. I look forward to speaking with you and working together toward a healthy life!

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