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.
Marca Cassity, R.N., L.M.F.T.
Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists
Holistic Psychotherapy ~ Individuals, Couples & Polyamory
Trauma, PTSD, Relationships
Telephone: (503) 567-9842
You play life by your own rules, but navigating in uncharted waters sometimes leads to big loss and big pain. Living life in an intense world can lead to overwhelm, anxiety, or even PTSD. You are struggling, and you've lost your usual resilience. You have a unique expression of life force energy, but your core self -- your spirit -- has been pummelled. People who love you are even suggesting you might need help beyond what is usual. This is not what life is supposed to feel like.
Where do you see yourself in 6 months? I will help you develop your resilience, and get clarity about who you are and the life you want to lead. I have helped people across many genders, orientations, and life paths set and achieve the goals necessary to feel better and get stronger. I will help you dig in deep with yourself, and also have better relationships. To be more vulnerable, while finding a strength you never knew you had.
Often when moving though big changes, you may find that despite being inspired, you can't do what you need to do in order to get to the satisfying life you envision. It feels like you are shut down, overwhelmed, or blocked somehow. I draw on a variety of therapeutic techniques to help remove those blocks so that you can fully bring forth your empowered self and the life you desire.
Contact Marca for a free 15-minute consultation to see if we are a good fit and start bringing transformation to your life. Email: email@example.com
| Telephone: (503) 567-9842 | Website: cassitycounseling.com
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
Most Insurance Accepted
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.