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3954 N. Williams

Our office in the North Williams neighborhood (a thriving, bike-centric area) is at 3954 N. Williams --
Look for the "Treehouse" Children's Boutique, walk through the courtyard on the north side and you'll find us!

susand.jpgSusan Danehy, L.P.C.

I believe people can lead lives that are happy, fulfilling and authentic. We are all capable of flourishing. I work with individuals, couples, families and children.

EarlynEarlyn Smith, L.P.C.

Professional, Affordable Counseling & Therapy

Clinical Supervision for LPC & LMFT Candidates

jessiJessi Dey, M.S.

Individual & Couples Therapy ~ LGBTQI
...warm, open, honest, straightforward, and unbiased.

LaurieLaurie Pearson, L.C.S.W. (CA)

Professional, Affordable Counseling & Psychotherapy
Fees: $40 per session

ronaldRonald Johnson, M.F.A., C.A.D.C..

Professional, Affordable Counseling

JanisJanis Crawford, Ph.D., L.P.C., A.C.S.

Skilled Psychotherapy for Adults,
Youth, Families & Couples

Clinical Supervision

BrandonBrandon Houston, M.A.

Affordable, Compassionate Therapy
$40 per session ~ 503-476-1395

MalayshaMalaysha Castillo, L.M.F.T.

Professional Counseling & Psychotherapy
Adults, Families & Parents
Talk & Art Therapy

JasonJason Durtschi, L.C.S.W.

Professional Therapy for Adults
LGBTQ Affirming

jesseJesse Rorvig, M.A.

Professional Counseling and Therapy ~ Youth & Adults First Consultation at No Cost
Fees: $40 ~ sliding scale options

ElyseElyse Schauer, M.A.

Professional, Affordable Therapy
Adults, Adolescents & Children
LGBTQ Affirming
Fees: $40

Susan Susan Danehy, M.A., L.P.C.

Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists License #C2498

Individual & Couple's Counseling

We all want to be our best selves. Therapy can help you understand what is getting in the way of being your best self and thriving. Family dynamics, birth order, bio chemistry, early childhood experiences and present struggles are just some of what drive us and make us unique. My approach to therapy combines warmth, humor, creativity, research based body and brain science, and is very collaborative. I provide therapy for people interested in depth work and "fine tuning" as well as those in immediate crisis.

I work with clients from a perspective that helps them to feel encouraged, valued and productive in their lives. Therapy is a dynamic process that involves both subtle shifts and meaningful changes. You and I may decide to work together briefly to manage a current challenge or longer­-term to resolve more persistent, chronic difficulties and achieve lasting results. Therapy is one step and there are many other lifestyle choices that can positively impact us: strong community ties, nutrition, exercise, spirituality, and balance. My goal is to help you set yourself up for success to be your best self.

Some of my specialties are:

  • Adult ADHD
  • Sexual Abuse/Trauma
  • Couples Therapy
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Empowerment and Self Esteem
  • Grief and Loss
  • Parenting Struggles
  • When working with couples, I focus on identifying positive qualities and strengths in the relationship and find out what patterns or dynamics need to be shifted. Being proactive and playful in our relationship can prevent "burnout" and feelings of disengagement. Anger and resentment are signals that something is out of balance in the relationship. Couples work is exciting and powerful and can benefit the entire family.

    Please refer to my website for the most current fee. For ease of payment, I accept credit or debit cards through Square, as well as cash or check. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I may be considered as an Out of Network Provider, which may help therapy be more affordable for you.

    Feel free to call or email to set up an appointment or to ask any questions that may help you make this important decision. I look forward to meeting you!


    Jessi Dey, M.S.

    Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists, Registered Intern R3601

    Individual & Couples Counseling

    Email: Jessi_Dey@yahoo.com

    My style is warm, open, honest, straightforward, humorous and nonjudgmental.

    Many of us have been taught that who we are is not ok or that what we are bringing to the table is unwelcome. Because of this we learn to not listen to ourselves and we can lose touch with what is important to us and what brings us joy and satisfaction. I find that counseling is often a process of unraveling those messages, figuring out where they came from, discarding those that are unhelpful and getting back in touch with who you really are. I feel honored to be given the opportunity to hear my client's stories and witness as they make connections between the past and the present, learn to listen to their inner voice and accept themselves as they truly are. This process can provide a pathway for people to begin living a more full and satisfying life.

    My practice is inclusive and affirming to all. Since 2007 I have been working with people from diverse backgrounds who identify as LGBTQ, straight, genderqueer, polyamorous, monogamous, people in open relationships and people in the kink community. I have significant experience providing relationship therapy for people who are dealing with the aftermath of infidelity or other boundary crossing. With every client or relationship I bring an attitude of respect, curiosity and willingness to the process of therapy.

    I received my degree from PSU in Couples, Marriage and Family therapy where I was trained in a psychodynamic, systems oriented therapy style. I also incorporate some elements of cognitive therapy into my work. I can help people approach problems in a shorter term, more solution focused way, or I can provide long term, depth-oriented support for more complicated issues. I can also provide long-term support, on a weekly or biweekly basis for people with ongoing mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and bi-polar disorder who have incorporated regular counseling appointments into their self care regimen. I am committed to offering affordable therapy and I am happy to offer a reduced fee when it’s needed to make therapy as affordable as possible.

    Because the relationship between therapist and client has been shown to be the single most important element in how successful therapy is I make available a no- cost 20-30 minute phone or in person consult for new clients who are "therapist shopping." If we're not a good fit, or if you're looking for a family counselor I have a wonderful network of referral sources that I would be happy to provide to you.

    Looking forward to hearing from you!


    Earlyn Smith, L.P.C.

    Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists, Licensed Professional Counselor & Clinical Supervisor

    Professional, Affordable Counseling & Therapy for
    Adolescents, Adults, Couples & Families

    Email: earlynsmith@gmail.com

    I believe people have incredible wisdom and resiliency, and the ability to create meaningful and satisfying lives. At times, however, almost everyone can benefit from support and assistance, and that's the time a skilled counselor can help.

    I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than thirty years experience providing that support and assistance to adults, adolescents, couples and families.

    My approach to therapy is to start exactly where you are and work with you toward where you want to be. Your goal may be specific and practical, involving choices and changes and new skills; or it may be something more complex, calling for deeper and perhaps longer term commitment to therapy. Therapy can be stressful, especially in the beginning, but it has been my experience that for clients who are strongly committed to their goals, and to learning and discovering how to more effectively use their wisdom and strengths, the rewards are great.

    My areas of expertise include: helping clients cope with depression and anxiety, grief, loss and trauma; assisting with life transitions and challenges such as illness, divorce and job loss; supporting clients with parenting concerns, including issues of step-parenting and blended families; improving relationships, and improving self-esteem and satisfaction with one's daily life.

    I am committed to providing affordable therapy. My standard fee is $60 per session, with adjustments in some cases based on financial need. As a Licensed Professional Counselor I am eligible as an "out-of-network" provider on many insurance panels. Please just ask! I welcome your call or e-mail, so we may discuss your goals and whether I might be the right therapist for you.

    I also provide clinical supervision for Master's level counselors as they progress toward licensure with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists.

    LaurieLaurie Pearson, L.C.S.W.

    Compassionate Counseling for Adults

    Email: LaurieYPearsonLCSW@gmail.com

    As a therapist with more than ten years experience in the field of substance abuse and behavioral addictions, I've helped many, many people tackle these and other hard issues: anxiety, depression, grief, loss and trauma. When an individual is held hostage by chemical or behavioral addictions, so often they also begin to experience deteriorating health, conflicted relationships and the overwhelming emotions related to legal and financial problems.

    I firmly believe that positive change is achievable through making personally informed choices. I am honored to support you in moving toward that goal. Having the support of a trained professional who can listen carefully, challenge existing assumptions, and offer new insights and approaches can make a huge difference.

    I hold a Master's degree in Social Work from Smith College, and have counseled both individuals and groups over the decade of my professional experience.

    I offer an initial free consultation -- This is not a counseling appointment, but an opportunity to meet one another and see if I'm the right counselor to meet your needs. If you're interested in talking more with me about your concerns, please call me at 404-862-6763, or email me and I'll get right back to you.

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    ronadRonald Johnson, M.F.A., C.A.D.C., E.R.Y.T.

    Certified Oregon Addictions Counselor, #12-03-24; OBLPCT Registered Intern R3718
    Member, International Association of Yoga Therapists

    Mindfulness & Holistic Counseling Services


    I offer mindfulness-based and holistic services to those affected by stress, anxiety, depression, and various unwanted addictive behaviors. Stressors can be from work, relationships, or concerns about the World, among others. Addictive cycles can include drugs or alcohol, food, or destructive romantic patterns. I also treat co-occurring problems including anxiety and stress-reduction, weight-loss, and career re-assessment.

    Within the context of mindfulness-based approaches, these types of behaviors and issues are seen as being driven by unconscious pressures that can be brought into awareness and resolved. These activities are filling a void in one's life that can be replaced by a sense of wholeness, completeness, autonomy, and authenticity.

    Clients engage in several traditional counseling approaches to reconnect with a deeper sense of self, including talk therapy designed to create an awareness of meaning in one's life, acceptance of one's life in the present moment as well as expression of future directions, clarity, openness, love and a positive outlook. Additional techniques include breath work, mindfulness meditation on the breath and inner emotions, and mental scanning and awakening of the energy field of the inner body. Clients may practice visualization of triggers and situations that are known to stimulate the urge to indulge in undesirable behaviors and learn means to allow these feelings to pass in the moments they occur. Gradually, less constrictive thought processes replace these conditioned reactions and released energies are poured into new areas of growth.

    Clients may receive support for physical regimens at local gyms or yoga studios, as well as combined reassessment of educational goals, occupational and relational potentials as desired, to provide for holistic, long term, ongoing health, directed to life as a fully-functioning being in the present moment.

    Janis Janis Crawford, Ph.D., L.P.C., A.C.S.

    Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists, Licensed Professional Counselor & Approved Clinical Supervisor

    Skilled, Professional Psychotherapy for
    Adults, Youth, Families & Couples

    Telephone: 307-321-3212

    The power of healing and growth is revealed through acceptance and integration. Perceived problems often conceal opportunities and strengths to which you hold the key. I am a willing and able guide for your journey of discovery. Whether you seek lifestyle change, analysis, or personal, or professional growth, our relationship will support goal identification and attainment.

    I am currently accepting adults, youth, families and couples, as well as students and professionals for clinical supervision.

    I have been providing clinical supervision for 14 years and have spent nearly 20 years working with patients who encounter addiction, criminality, and mood and personality disorders. My approach to supervision uses a motivational psychodynamic style, which evokes your strengths and learning edges. I provide individual, and group supervision with a reduced fee for beginning counselors. I have been a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers since 2007 and provide coaching and formal trainings. I have completed doctoral coursework in Depth Psychology with an emphasis in Psychotherapy. I am currently writing my dissertation on the theoretical underpinnings and future projections of motivational interviewing, which I have been studying for the past 10 years.

    brandon Brandon Houston, M.A.

    Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists, Registered Intern

    Email: HeartMind.Counsel@gmail.com

    Affordable, Compassionate Therapy for Adults, Young Adults
    $40 per session

    As a therapist, I wish to honor the difficulties that bring you into counseling while holding the possibility of greater freedom. I see the heart of therapy being the connection we create to support the unfolding of your life.

    I work primarily with individuals, addressing the root causes of suffering in your life and exploring ways to cultivate greater acceptance, curiosity and joy. I have extensive experience working with depression, anxiety, feelings of disconnection, loss of meaning, issues of self-worth, difficulties in childhood and relational challenges. I have a special place in my heart for the loss of a pet.

    I practice a style of therapy, Gestalt Therapy, that is less talking about problems and more an active exploration of your experience in the world, with the hope of opening untapped resources and insight, so you can flow more freely through your life. I am influenced by Buddhist Psychology.

    I have extensive experience working with adolescents and their families. I offer a free, in person, 30 minute consultation to see if we are a good fit together. I believe therapy should be available to everyone and am willing to work within your financial needs.

    Jason Jason Durtschi, L.C.S.W.

    Oregon Board of Social Workers

    Psychotherapy for Adults
    LGBTQ Affirming


    I have had the privilege of working in partnership with clients toward long and short-term intentions. I work with clients on addictions, relationship effectiveness, guilt/shame, grief/loss, trauma, self-compassion training, existential/life crises, anxiety/stress and mood management, and ultimately skill-development on how to live a more full and vibrant life.

    I work with my clients in developing more compassion for self and others, which I have found to be key in bringing about lasting positive change.

    Techniques I incorporate in my practice, besides compassionate talk therapy, include mind/body integration work, mindfulness/self-compassion "training," elements of CBT/DBT/ACT, gratitude practice, strengths identification, and narrative therapy techniques, among others. The adage "seeing is freeing" applies here. Psychologist Carl Rodgers, said, "the curious paradox is that when I accept myself as I am, then I can change." Resistance and avoidance are common barriers to positive change and growth. I guide my clients toward becoming aware of, acknowledging, and befriending these barriers, so as to transcend them.

    As a pragmatic and experiential therapist, I also coach my clients in making achievable lifestyle changes in line with their values, which will encourage self-transformation.

    I am licensed as a Clinical Social Worker with the Oregon Board of Social Work, and have a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. I have over 13 years of experience counseling individuals (15 and upwards), couples, families and groups from Utah to Washington DC to Abu Dhabi. I honor, celebrate and am fascinated by human diversity in all its forms.

    Genuine care and curiosity about my client's journey fuel my practice and my success as a therapist. I conduct therapy sessions in Spanish when there is a need. I also have a specialty of working with the LGBTQ community, ranging from gender identity and transitions to issues related to coming out and cognitive dissonance related to one's belief systems (often post-religious).

    In certain cases when applicable I work on a sliding fee scale. I also selectively will do TeleHealth/Skype sessions with certain clients where it feels like a good fit.

    Please view my website if interested in more info about my experience, philosophy and perspective ~ www.TreeofLifeCounselingandCoaching.com I also offer a free phone consultation. If you think you might be interested, please call or text me at 202-695-6958 or email me at jdurtschi@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

    malaysha Malaysha Castillo, L.M.F.T.

    Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists

    Professional Counseling for Adults, Families & Parents
    Talk & Art Therapy


    The relationship between you and your therapist has proven to be the most important element of healing. My therapy style is genuine and collaborative, based on your unique needs. Instead of only focusing on the problem, we will focus on the strengths and skills you already have, and use them as building blocks for future success and problem-solving.

    I have been serving clients with severe depression and anxiety for 6 years in community mental health. I've also had the privilege to support victims of crime and those coping with past trauma and abuse using "Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy." I've also had substantial experience working with those who are struggling with addictions and desire to enter recovery.

    Working with families to help them restabilize and reconnect has been part of my professional development. If you are a struggling parent, you may find reassurance in my ability to help you restructure your family and address relationship issues based on current needs.

    I am a strong believer in mindfulness which can be used to increase self awareness in many areas of life.

    I deeply respect your willingness and determination to seek help. Your treatment goals whether long or short term will be my priority. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you. I love what I do and I hope to meet you soon.

    jesseJesse Rorvig, M.A.

    Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists, Registered Intern

    Professional Counseling ~ Youth & Adults
    First Consultation at No Cost
    Fees: $40 ~ sliding scale options

    Email: jesse.rorvig@gmail.com

    I want to help you be the healthiest and happiest you. My practice is deeply rooted in a client-centered approach and a strong foundation of trust. I want you to feel fully comfortable expressing your desires, goals, beliefs, and values. I draw upon solution-focused methods, positive psychology, and mindfulness based cognitive therapy.

    A little bit about me: I've been a practicing counselor since 2008. I earned my Masters of Arts degree at the University of Minnesota. I was enlisted in the Air Force National Guard for nine years. I coached competitive snowboarding for most of my 20's. I really enjoy the outdoors, and I learned how to surf on the Oregon coast.

    Give me a call about setting up your first appointment. I look forward to speaking with you and exploring the possibilities. Please visit my website at jesserorvig.wixsite.com/counselor for more information.

    elyseElyse Schauer, M.A.

    Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists, Registered Intern

    Counseling & Art Therapy
    Adults, Adolescents & Children

    LGBTQ+ Affirming

    First Consultation at No Cost
    Fees: $20-$40

    Email: elyse.schauer@gmail.com

    My style of therapy is empowering, honest and attuned. I am passionate about honoring the complexity in each individual. A good therapist should not be an authority figure, but should rather hold space for you to be seen, heard, and gently guided towards your own inner authority.

    Although I honor individual experience, I acknowledge that there is not equity in our society. A complex web of privilege and oppression shapes our experiences. I aim to continually question sources of power, and hold a critical lens when engaging in counseling.

    I am trained as an Art Therapist, and have seen first hand how creative process can lead to a transformed sense of self. Art therapy can be especially useful for children who do not have words for their experiences, for teens in need of catharsis and identity exploration, and for adults who seek an alternate means of gaining insight.

    I am passionate about serving the LGBTQ+ and body positive communities, which I am a part of. Additionally I aim to be inclusive towards a range of identities, careers, and spiritual paths.

    You can encounter more of my artistic practice and career history on my website, elyseschauer.squarespace.com

    I offer a free initial consultation, by phone or in person, to mutually determine if we are a good fit. I look forward to hearing from you!


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