Steve Sutton, L.C.S.W.
Oregon Board of Social Workers
I have been in practice for over ten years as a licensed mental health professional. I work with men both individually and in groups. I also work with couples. Clients who have great results with me are bright, eager for change, and willing to work hard. The men I work with (many of whom identify as Nice Guys) share some common traits that I am well prepared to assist them in overcoming:
They seek other people's approval and avoid their disapproval;
They work hard to manage other people's perceptions of them which often means hiding who they are and focusing only on other people;
They may be very isolated socially and find it difficult to make new friends;
They do caring things for others with the hope or expectation that other's do so in return (giving to get). They feel resentful and hurt when this plan doesn't work out but they rarely speak directly about how they feel.
They may feel dissatisfied with their sex life and feel trapped as though there is no way to address it;
They may be in a relationship that lacks emotional intimacy or feel lonely even around other people.
If you're ready to get out of your comfort zone (the one that's been keeping you stuck), identify projects in your life that you want to work on, and get to work experimenting with how you can approach them differently I may be the guy for you!
If you're a couple that is willing to stretch into honesty and openness with each other - if you can tolerate discomfort in order to explore the potential of your relationship, I may be the guy for you!
The therapy I provide is action oriented. What you work on and how you work will always be your choice but if you work with me you'll be challenged to experiment with concepts, tools, and practices that have been effective for other people struggling with issues just like yours. If you want to experience something different, you have to do something different. I can help you learn what works for you.
I do not bill insurance, my practice is all private payment.
Curious to learn more? Give me a call at 503-473-6725 and we'll explore whether we're a good fit.
Samuel Chi Baker, M.S., L.P.C.
Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, License C1833
Adolescents, Adults, Couples & Families
Healing is a balance between the past and the present. It incorporates life experiences, family of origin, culture, ethnicity, personal goals, and identified resources. Areas of concentration include a combination of mind, body, and soul. An exploration of what has happened in the past to where you are today provides a framework to create new spaces, outlooks, and a better way of life. My personal mantra is that Life is about Thriving, not just Surviving.
In my practice, I use a combination of many different healing techniques. It is a melding of ancient Eastern Mindfulness Practices with modern day Western Evidence Based Therapy Practices. In cognitive behavioral therapy, one of the most effective tools in today’s psychotherapy practices, you and I examine how your thoughts and actions dictate today, and how to alter them to create a new tomorrow. From a person/client centered approach, I see all people as capable of healing themselves, and truly believe in their ability to make positive change. Taking aspects from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, I teach emotional regulation (controlling the highs and lows) distress tolerance (skillfully handling a crisis), and interpersonal effectiveness (how to communicate successfully with others). These are essential components to lifelong skills. Motivational Interviewing, from an addiction recovery standpoint, allows clients to assess and make their own decisions and challenge themselves to move towards sobriety. In couples counseling, I combine Compassionate Communication with Nonviolent Communication and weave in Gottman Method concepts, in order to create effective communication along with an increased sense of intimacy, respect, and trust.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Oregon for mental health counseling, a National Certified Addictions Therapist (MAC), and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) with over 20 years of experience working with a wide variety of populations in many different environments, including inpatient, outpatient, therapeutic wilderness settings, jails, schools, and homes. My scope of counseling extends from individuals to couples, families, and groups. I enjoy working with a broad range of ages, from adolescents to the geriatric population. My mental health counseling experience, to name a few, covers depression, anxiety, PTSD, borderline, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, ADHD, anger management, grief and loss, and schizophrenia. I also have over 15 years experience working with clients who have drug, alcohol and gambling addictions, as well as those who are chronic criminal offenders. For clinicians, I offer clinical supervision towards state licensure for both LPC and LMFT.
My personal counseling philosophy does not simply look at mental health or addiction issues. It includes looking at all aspects of a person’s life: family, friends, job, living environment, recreation, diet, exercise, nutrition, spiritual practices, budget/finances, and past, present, and future experiences and goals. Long-term healing and change comes from within, and extends outward. I see therapy as a lifestyle that continues outside of the counseling room and into each integral aspect of your life.
As a Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Kung Fu teacher, I also offer an alternative to traditional talk therapy. For some a combination of the two are helpful, for others they choose one or the other. Movement/ mindful therapy has shown benefits for anger management, depression, anxiety, trauma work, couples’ communication, addictions, prevention and cure for chronic physical illness, and mental fortitude. Particularly for teenagers, doing “martial arts” training is less intimidating and far more “cool” than having to see a “therapist.”
I offer a generous sliding scale fee, which can be discussed at our first session. I look forward to meeting you and helping you transform your life into a place where you choose to sit, laugh, play, and most importantly, THRIVE!
Samuel Chi Baker MS, MHP, NCC, MAC, LPC
971 344 3040
Kathleen Thompson, L.P.C., C.R.C.
Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists
Affordable, Professional Counseling for those learning to live, love and be yourself!
Each of us has a deep desire to be connected to others, which directly impacts our mental, emotional, and physical health when connections are toxic. If you have experienced rejection, disappointment, abandonment, trauma or neglect especially early in life you may have learned to survive, but not thrive. This may leave you experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, panic attacks, or problems with intimacy. Many people attempt to cope with these feelings by using drugs, alcohol, prescription pills, food, anger, self-harm or other addictive behaviors. My hope is to help individuals identify how these coping strategies develop early in early life and become barriers to living well.
An area of focus I have is adults with Aspergers (now called Autism) or who think they may have gone undiagnosed. Skills to manage and navigate relationships, work stress, sensory overload and/or anxiety are needed by many.
I also have been trained as a Career Counselor to assist people needing career transition due to life change or disabilities to identify vocational skills and interests. I utilize a variety of models to facilitate the counseling process including mindfulness, Attachment models, IPNB, DBT skills, NVC, ACT, SAMHSA Recovery model, and humor. I have a deep respect for each person's pursuit of spirituality and practice a walk of faith of my own.
Areas of experience:
Depression / Anxiety / Bipolar Disorder / Hearing voices
Substance abuse/ Dual-Diagnosis
Learning disabilities & Aspergers Syndrome (I can help determine if undiagnosed)
Grief & Loss
Individuals or couples adjusting to illness or disability of a family member
Self-Esteem / persistent negative thinking
Workplace Concerns / Career transition / Job development
I do not charge for an initial 30 minute consultations. If an ongoing relationship is established I charge $100 per session. I do not take insurance, but can bill out-of-network. I'm glad to discuss sliding scale options. Because I am connected to a network of counselors if a referral is needed I would be more than willing to help you find the right fit as you move forward in your healing process.
Melissa Monroe, MS, NCC, LPC, LMHC
Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists / State of Washington, Department of Health
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for
Adults & Adolescents ~ Welcoming Clients with Disabilities
Counseling and life are . . . What You Make It!
I believe that counseling is a way to grow and change for continued happiness and overall well
being. It is my strong belief that counseling should be available to all individuals with focused
and devoted time to you and your needs. I primarily practice cognitive behavior therapy,
meaning that I will support you in recognizing your thoughts differently to effect change in your
behavior and life.
I am licensed in Oregon and Washington State!
Currently, I am completing a Doctorate Degree in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior. I hold
a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University (a CACREP accredited
program), and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Washington State University. I am also a
member of the American Counseling Association, the Oregon Mental Health Counseling
Association, and the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH). I have
been in the social service field working with individuals with intellectual and developmental
disabilities for over sixteen years, primarily with adults, but I have worked significantly with
adolescents in a Special School Program within Portland Public Schools.
I am passionate about providing care and acceptance to individuals with adversity.
I am LGBTQI friendly and affirming.
I look forward to hearing from you so that we can schedule a complimentary 30 minute session
to see if we can build a therapeutic relationship. My fee is $125.00 for a 50 minute session; I do
not accept insurance at this location, however, I do offer a significant sliding scale fee to keep it affordable for you.
If it seems that I am not the best person to meet your counseling needs, I encourage you to learn more about my colleagues at Wise Counsel & Comfort.
Please call me to schedule your first appointment; I look forward to meeting you.
Joel Cox, L.C.S.W.
Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers
Therapy for Adults and Adolescents
Afternoon & Evening Appointments Available
Fees: $40 per session ~ Sliding scale options
The ever increasing challenges and stressors of our modern world can take a tremendous toll on our minds, bodies and spirits. I have spent many challenging and rewarding years helping individuals and families who are experiencing emotional, physical and social challenges. I enjoy the process of helping people find the strength and resources to better navigate life's obstacles. I utilize a variety of methodologies to tailor an individualized approach working with each person's strengths and preferences.
I work with adults and youth/adolescents, and specialize in these areas:
Depression ~ Life Changes ~ Problems with Relationships ~ Grief & Loss
Occupational, School & Social Problems ~ Stress ~ Sexual Problems ~ Abuse
The process of healing involves integration of the mind, body and spirit. I believe that everyone has a unique set of skills which can be accessed through the therapeutic process. I have found that much can be understood through a person's dreams, beliefs, creative expression and personal narrative. I am open and supportive of all individual lifestyles and choices.
We live in very challenging times which can be overwhelming and we all deserve the chance to be able to talk to someone who can help. In order to keep therapy affordable for all, I offer my sessions at just $40. Sliding scale fees can be arranged based on need. In order to keep costs down I currently do not accept insurance. Payment of cash or check is collected at the end of each 50 minute session. Afternoon and evening hours are available. Call or email to schedule an appointment. If after the initial 25 minute consultation either party decides that it is not a good fit, no fee will be charged.
Kimberlee Harrison, M.S., NCC, GC-C
Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, Registered Intern
Professional, Affordable Therapy for Adults
Fees: $60 per session with sliding fee options
"It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial,
what experiences have been deeply buried." ~
I firmly believe that every person has the potential to be the best version of him-or-herself
that he or she can possibly be, and that people are the experts of their own lives. I employ a
down to earth person-centered approach to counseling, interspersed with doses of humor
when appropriate. I take on the role of facilitator to help you become empowered to make
the changes you want for your life.
I use techniques from several different kinds of
psychotherapy - Schema Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT), Gestalt, Solution-
Focused Brief Therapy - to help you explore and work on your problems, depending on
your current needs and goals. I am comfortable working with a variety of people, including
those whose culture is different than my own, and people who may be experiencing
significant mental health issues.
I hold a Master of Science (MS) degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden
University (a CACREP-accredited institution). I also hold a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in
Anthropology, with a minor in Psychology, from Oregon State University. I am a National
Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Certified Grief Counselor (GC-C).
Areas of focus:
Adolescent/Young adult issues
My fee is $60 for a 50-minute session, but I do have a sliding fee scale for those who may
be experiencing significant financial hardship. I do not accept insurance, but will provide
you with a receipt for services. Payment is due at the beginning of session so we can make
the best use of the rest of our time together.
Having a comfortable therapeutic relationship is important, so I offer a free 30-minute
consultation to make sure I’m the right 'fit'
for you. If we decide I am not the right
therapist for you, I am happy to provide a referral to one of my very capable colleagues at
Wise Counsel and Comfort.
Jessica Piziali, M.A.
Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists, Registered LPC Intern
Compassionate, Professional, Affordable
Non-Judgmental, and Culturally Sensitive Counseling
Welcome and congratulations on taking the first step to seeking counseling! As a counselor, my upbringing and education has taught me to truly see things from another view and perspective. I grew up overseas immersed in a completely different culture, and I learned skills and picked up on social nuances within mental health that greatly apply to the therapeutic setting. I take into consideration your cultural and social background and understand that every client I see is different and comes with different life experiences, challenges, and viewpoints.
If you're going through a life transition, whether it be moving to Portland from within or outside of the country, starting university or living on your own for the first time, experiencing a new phase in your career or going through a transitional period within your personal relationships, I can provide you with the care and compassion needed during such a time.
Many of us substitute or mask feelings or life events (past and present) by using substances or other compulsive behaviors (such as shopping, internet, sex, gambling, video games, etc.) to avoid pain. My experiences have prepared me to help, to offer compassion and to truly listening to how it has been for you. Together, we will discover tools and strategies to help you make the changes you desire.
I feel very confident treating many forms of anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. While my modality is "eclectic", which means I draw from many forms of therapy based on your needs, I often draw upon Mindfulness practices and client-centered approaches to ensure we stay in the present moment, give pause before action and stay on a path of healing at your pace. With 17 years of meditation experience, I have seen myself the benefits in many populations, including evidence in many scientific publications.
Lastly, therapy is a process in which you will experience growth and healing through the work both you and I put in. We all have had experiences in life that can affect our emotions, actions, and relationships, and figuring out and working through these at your pace can lead to letting go of deep emotions or past experiences you may not even consciously be aware of.
I offer affordable counseling pricing to ensure that finances do not have an impact on your quality of care.
To schedule a free 15 minute in person consultation that can turn into a first session if we agree to move forward, please call 248-872-6772 or email: Jessica.Piziali.Counseling@gmail.com
I look forward to hearing from you and I wish you the best on your path towards healing.
Rob Shinney, M.A., M.A.O.M., N.T.P.
Exempt from Licensure due to nature of practice: Nutritional Counselor
Health & Nutrition Counselor
After years of work in the study of cellular mechanisms of stress-induced diseases, Robert Sapolsky, a prominent Stanford University neuroendocrinologist stated the following in a USA Today editorial:
"A majority of Westernized diseases are related to lifestyle, and a couple of ounces of preventative measures in these realms would have a staggering impact on our health (and its costs). I'm not sure if a top priority is more research on preventative medicine, since we already know a lot about that and no one listens anyway. My point is a top priority in research should be figuring out why no one listens."
That's right. Many of the physical and mental afflictions of modern society, from Alzheimers to Thyroid Disorders, can be linked to deficiencies in diet and exercise. And many of us know we could eat better or exercise more. But we use coffee, soda pop, and energy drinks to get through the day. We pop over-the-counter pain medication daily. Then we use more pills to cope with our emotions. Are you sick of this merry-go-round? Do you want to feel better? I can help.
My well-rounded career in health care began in 1986 in research cardiology. I have a Master's degree in Oriental Medicine, and I have run a practice as a licensed acupuncturist. My Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark included a strong emphasis on research. My passion for many years, though, has been studying the effects of lifestyle and nutrition. I completed a program of study in nutritional therapy from the Nutritional Therapy Association in 2010. My nutrition knowledge has helped me to overcome cancer, chronic disease, and autoimmune disease.
HOW CAN I HELP YOU? ~ With my experience, knowledge, and researcher's eye I can help you cut through all the hype of the fad diets, the miracle self-help books, and the conflicting nutrition opinion. I can help you adopt a practical, enjoyable diet that you can live with. This diet will also strengthen your health. What this diet will not do is require you to spend a fortune on supplements and vitamins.
EXERCISE ~ Exercise plays a critical role in the health of our brains and bodies. In fact, research has shown that a sedentary lifestyle can be strongly linked to premature physical and mental decline. I can help you create and stick to a program of simple, regular exercise that fits your lifestyle. In fact, I am such a proponent of exercise that I lead guided walks through Portland's old neighborhoods. Please see my website for details.
JIN SHIN JYUTSU ~ I've practiced this ancient Japanese energy practice to help clients balance their minds and bodies for twelve years. The effect is like taking a deep, refreshing breath and letting stress melt away all while enjoying a rejuvenating nap. Dive down deep into your quiet space in the middle of your day or week with a Jin Shin Jyutsu treatment.
FEE POLICY ~ My initial consultation is free. My fee is $40 per 50 minute session and I offer a sliding scale to $25. Payment is made by cash or check at each appointment. If you miss an appointment other than due to accident or illness or if you cancel with less than 24 hours notice I ask you to honor the payment obligation for the session.
Pat Murray, M.S.
Exempt from licensure due to special focus of practice - Support for TBI
Support & Strategies for those coping with brain injuries
In March 2001, I tripped and hit my head on a steel frame of a door. That moment, the very moment of impact, changed my life in a profound way. For the next 3 years, I did my best to hold onto my career, my normal activities, and my level of functioning. With my vision and balance affected, and an impaired short-term memory, I failed miserably. Even after a 'brain rehabilitation program," I was very far from the person I was before the accident.
But after many doctor's visits and treatments, after finding a therapist that "gets it," and joining brain injury support groups -- I am starting to come to peace with my altered state. As a person who liked to be in charge and help others, my hardest lesson has been to learn to accept help from others.
Now, being able to offer support to others and being involved with organizations focused on brain injury, I once again can use the skills of my former profession (counseling) in a meaningful way.
For more information about me, and about the support groups I offer here at Wise Counsel & Comfort, please visit my website:
John Coyle, L.C.S.W.
Oregon Board of Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Counseling & Psychotherapy for Adults
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, one of my primary intentions is to help my clients understand, respond to, and make meaning of the difficulties they're going through.Perhaps you're dealing with symptoms of depression or anxiety; Maybe you're coping with the continuing impact of trauma, recently, or decades ago; Even if you're faced with symptoms of Bi-Polar illness or other disabling conditions - I'll offer a practical, effective approach to helping you move forward from here.
With more than a decade of experience, I make use of evidence-based approaches including Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, Narrative, and others. I serve adults only, both men and women, and I welcome the LGBTQ community to my practice.
I do my best to help clients understand their diagnosis or current situation, and provide treatment to help create pathways to more effectively cope with, and manage the impact of symptoms and circumstances. With competent, ethical use of therapy skills, I can help you achieve positive change, and guide you to greater wellness, stability and enrichment in life.
I'm a veteran of the US military, and so am uniquely qualified to understand the needs of veterans and their loved ones.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Karin Sawyer, RN, CPCC, ACC
Exempt from licensure requirements due to specialized area of practice / International Coach Federation, Associate Certified Coach
CTI Certified Professional Co-Active Coach
Helping Women Recover from Burnout (or avoid it altogether!)
The Compass Mirror Coaching, LLC
Burnout is everywhere.
Professional women/working moms, women between jobs, teachers, students, caregivers - all tell me they are chronically tired, overwhelmed and discouraged. I hear from them how work, relationships - and even recreation - that once felt satisfying and supportive now feel like just another demand on their time and attention. I hear the unspoken embarrassment - and even shame - of not being able to "keep up" or "lean in" or "get it all done." These women have nothing left for themselves and they feel "empty", "hopeless", "stuck".
I'm familiar with these stories, because I've lived them myself. I've burned out twice, in two demanding careers. I've lived through the physical, mental, financial and spiritual costs of burning out. And... I am proof that it is possible to recover from burnout and re-awaken a sense of satisfaction and joy in living from a place of alignment with what we truly want! As an ICF-credentialed professional coach, I have found my calling in serving women who are experiencing burnout - or heading that way - to help them get back to satisfaction and joy.
Coaching is not therapy or consulting, so the focus is not on "treating" or advising. We are companions on a journey that I am familiar with, and my role is to listen deeply, asking questions that help you look deep inside yourself to find your own answers and strengths. I support you in creating goals that re-connect you with what fulfills you, and in choosing actions that allow you to realize them.
I provide one-on-one office and telephone coaching sessions, as well as group series (office) that explore burnout: its causes, how to recover from it, and how to avoid it. My standard fee is $125 per 50-minute office session, and I provide low-fee and generous sliding-scale fees to make coaching accessible. Visit www.thecompassmirror.com to learn more about me and my offerings, and to book a no-charge, 45-minute Pathfinding Session. I look forward to supporting you in overcoming burnout and living your most fulfilling life.