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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, M.S.W.

Culturally Sensitive Counseling & Therapy
Adults, Couples & Youth

chuckChuck Moshontz, L.M.F.T.

Professional Counseling & Psychotherapy
Adults & Couples

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

gail cGail Cramer, L.M.F.T.

Counseling & Psychotherapy for Adults
Specializing in Trauma --
EMDR - (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)

naomiNaomi Baker, L.M.F.T.

Professional Counseling for Adults,
Couples & Adolescents

sandeepSandeep Kumar, L.P.C.

Professional Counseling for Adults, Teens,
Adolescents, & Children

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

RochelleRochelle Schwartz, M.A.

I provide client-centered therapy built upon trust, openness, non-judgment, and compassion to bring you closer to your goals. I offer affordable services to adolescents, adults, couples, and families seeking relief, skills, and support.

fayannaFayanna Johnson, M.S.W.

Oregon Board of Social Workers, C.S.W.A.

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.

chuckChuck Moshontz, L.M.F.T

Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists

Professional Counseling & Psychotherapy for Adults & Couples

Phone: 503-523-8032

I have found that psychotherapy can be very helpful in sorting out and resolving interpersonal difficulties, personal unhappiness, and emotional pain of many kinds. Sometimes just talking out loud about our suffering and finding language to clearly identify what's troubling us, in the presence of an empathetic other, can begin to bring immediate relief. I think that idea is well expressed in a poem by Denise Levertov:

To Speak
To speak of sorrow works upon it
moves it from its crouched place barring the way to and from the soul's hall --
out in the light it shows clear, whether shrunken or known as a giant wrath --
discrete at least, where before
its great shadow joined the walls and roof and seemed to uphold the hall like a beam.

~ Denise Levertov

I am skilled at helping people to articulate and gain a clearer understanding of their sorrow, and to accompany them as they come to terms with and develop tools for resolving it.

I have been in practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 2000. I have a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University and am certified as a couples and family therapist by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. I have taught in psychology graduate schools in California, and for 10 years have been a trainer and supervisor of therapists in training. In addition to working with individuals, I particularly enjoy working with couples at all ages and stages of development.

My usual fee is $90 per session, but I hold 40% of my schedule open for a sliding scale as low as $50 per session, depending on financial circumstances and ability to pay.

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

Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists, Registered Intern (in process)

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.

gail cGail Cramer, L.M.F.T.

Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists

Professional Counseling & Psychotherapy for Adults
Specializing in the Treatment of Trauma ~ EMDR

Telephone: 530-251-3628
Email: gcramercounseling@yahoo.com

If you have gone through a traumatic event, you may be experiencing some of the symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), such as difficulty sleeping, feelings of guilt or shame, or trying to avoid reminders of the event. You may experience negative emotions and an inability to move through life as you used to.

I am here to provide a safe and confidential space for you to begin to heal from what you went through. I will listen to your story with compassion and understanding and support you through your healing journey. We will work at a pace that feels comfortable for you.

I have been a licensed Marriage and Family therapist since 2008 and am currently licensed in both Oregon and California. In 2005, I received training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) which is exceptionally effective in helping heal from trauma. I am certified in EMDR and use it with my clients when appropriate. Before moving to Portland, I worked in a California clinic from 2004 to 2014. During that time, I focused exclusively on helping my clients move through trauma, no matter what, or when it was -- and begin to live their lives fully again.

If you are ready to begin your first step toward healing, I would be happy to schedule a complimentary 1/2 hour appointment with you by phone or in my office to answer your questions and help you determine if we are a good fit to help you reach your healing goal.

As a licensed professional, most insurance companies will provide payment for my services through their out-of-network plan, which means that your co-pay may be slightly higher. My usual fee is $90 but, when openings are available, I also offer a sliding scale fee.

mollyhNaomi Baker, L.M.F.T.

Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists

Professional Counseling for Adults, Couples & Adolescents

Telephone: 503-343-4948
Email: naomibakertherapy@gmail.com
Website: www.naomibakertherapy.com

If you are in the midst of a crisis, either personally, or in your relationship, it can make a real difference to talk with someone who can help you uncover the underlying patterns that are contributing to your suffering. In a private, safe and contained space, we can explore these patterns together. I have a collaborative approach, and listen for what is implied, but that hasn't yet been articulated; for those places that might be hidden, forgotten or misunderstood. Real change is possible. Visit naomibakertherapy.com for more information.

I am a depth and Jungian oriented therapist who uses techniques such as dialoging, active imagination, working with dreams, art, and journaling to aid in the process of self-transformation. Together we will work to understand the vicissitudes of life that are plaguing you.

Couples: Relationship problems can be challenging to the heart and soul. Conflict, intimacy issues, and trouble communicating honestly and openly are some complaints I've heard from couples. Often these types of difficulties can make you wonder: why am I doing this, saying this, behaving this way? Its possible to get some perspective on these things, and to grow closer through the process.

Through a psychodynamic and family systems lens, we can explore these issues. This process offers the opportunity of getting to know one another more deeply and intimately, and to begin the process of communicating more openly and honestly.

I look forward to hearing from you.

sandeepSandeep Kumar, L.P.C.

Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists

Professional Counseling for Children, Adults, Teens & Adolescents

Telephone: 971-277-1027
Email: sandeepkumarpdx@gmail.com

I help people meet their full life's potential. I support children, adolescents, teens, and adults cope with and heal from the challenges bringing them to therapy, including grief, anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, and many others.

My treatment approach, Compassion-Focused Therapy, is similar to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, encouraging clients to explore outdated thoughts and beliefs. It utilizes mindfulness, focusing upon self-acceptance as a means to change and gain better understanding of what one can and can't control. I borrow metaphors from Eastern Philosophy, including Aikido, a martial art with which I have over a decade of experience.

With over eight years experience as a school counselor from elementary to college levels, I facilitate comprehensive changes in various life aspects. I'm passionate about mental health and the learning process and can consult with parents and school personnel to bridge methods created, uncovered and employed during therapy sessions.

I'm adept at helping people work through life transitions, such as divorces and applying/ leaving for college. As a person of color, I welcome opportunities to work with clients of diverse backgrounds (racial, cultural, LGBT, etc.) I look forward to speaking with you about how I can help.

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.

RochelleRochelle Schwartz, M.A.

Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, Registered Intern

Professional, Affordable Counseling & Therapy

Email: RochelleSchwartzCounseling@gmail.com

Telephone: 503-410-3048

Relationships of all kinds propel us on the course of our lives, and can sometimes cause us to question our actions, values, and worth, thus weakening trust and connection within ourselves. I'd like to help you wade through the layers of the onion that is you, to re-discover your true self, the one that you want to be so that you may live a fulfilling life.

To do so, we talk about your goals. I then use a combination of therapeutic techniques tailored to your personality and circumstances, as well as empathy, open and honest communication, and sometimes humor.

I work with adolescents, adults, couples, and families of all kinds experiencing a wide range of emotions (or lack thereof) and events.

I received both a Master of Arts in Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Pacific University. I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults in community mental health settings, residential settings, shelters, homes, and schools. My fee for a 50 minute session is $90, I offer a sliding scale for those experiencing financial difficulty.. I do not accept insurance. I reserve one slot for an adolescent (ages 13-19) financing their own therapy at $20. I offer a free 30-minute phone or in-person consultation.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please e-mail RochelleSchwartzCounseling@gmail.com or call 503-410-3048.
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