History & Overview
Wise Counsel & Comfort is the realization of a two-fold goal.
First, to create a place where community-minded mental health and wellness professionals would work cooperatively, supporting one another and
supporting our community by providing professional, affordable services. In Portland, even non-profit counseling agencies rarely charge less than $40 per session, and there are tens of thousands in our community who deserve access to professional mental health care as much as those who are financially stable and/or insured.
Wise Counsel & Comfort exists to help insure that those services are available.
Second, to inspire and support professionals to step into private
practice without fear, without unbearable financial burden, in
lovely, professional space in which they and their clients can feel
safe and comfortable.
We're also able to support practitioners new to the Portland metro area in getting their practice here off to a good start.
We opened in September 2000 and since that time, have supported nearly
500 clinicians begin and build successful private practice,
and assisted others with a temporary or second office location.
Every professional member of the Wise Counsel & Comfort community offers sliding scale options for low income and uninsured clients.
There are three 'tiers' of rent, which differ from one another based on the clinician's fee scale.
Those who make a commitment to hold half of their clinic hours open for clients paying less than $50 per session benefit by a significant discount. A "standard" rent option is available to those more experienced clinicians who are unable to devote such a significant portion of their practice to low fee clients, but nevertheless, offer a sliding fee scale for clients paying out of pocket.
These two rent categories are detailed below.
For those willing to cap their fee schedule at $40 (a great strategy for beginning private practice), an even lower rent plan is available.
Please contact us for details about current availability of this option.
Location & Space Details
Wise Counsel & Comfort has fifteen locations. Twelve are located within the city limits of Portland, and three
are in outlying areas -- Beaverton, Lake Oswego and Gresham, Oregon with 57 individual offices in all. Several furnished offices are available for full time rental.
We have two suites at 511 SW 10th Avenue, in downtown Portland where more than 70,000 citizens live and work. Our 6th floor suite has eight offices (five with wall to wall windows, three interior) seating 3 to 5. The 10th Avenue offices have the Portland Street Car running at the front door on 10th Avenue, affordable parking nearby and the best food carts in the city next door!
In the Multnomah Village neighborhood at 7409 SW Capitol Highway, we share space with a diverse group of healing professionals. (Served by Tri-Met Line #44) The spacious second floor office seats seven comfortably, has large windows on the west and south sides, and a comfortable reception area.
Our offices in Northwest Portland are at the corner of NW 21st & Hoyt in a wonderful, historic apartment building. Ours is a street-level corner suite of three offices, seating 4 to 8, plus reception area, storage and restroom. Tri-Met bus lines serve NW 21st Avenue, with a stop at Irving street (one block north), and the trolley runs along NW Lovejoy, just four blocks north of our offices.
In North East Portland, we have two locations.
The "Glisan" offices are at NE 60th & Glisan. We occupy a 2000 square foot suite at this location. There are two front doors, one at 5932 NE Glisan (Entrance "A") and the second at 423 NE 60th (Entrance "B"). There are ten comfortably
furnished offices here, seating three to twelve, with two spacious reception areas.
One of the larger offices here is suitable for massage and energy practice. All of the offices include accessories that support our therapeutic
effectiveness -- pens, kleenex, white boards, etc.
The reception areas offer
magazines, soft music, water and a variety of teas for you and your
clients. Ample space for display of business cards, brochures and
flyers about upcoming events is provided.
This location is fully accessible, just steps
from Tri-Met (bus) and MAX (light-rail) stops, and for those driving,
we are just three blocks from the entrance and exit for Interstate 84.
On-street parking is easily available, and we're delighted to be next
door to the "Seven Virtues" coffee shop.
The second NE location, at 2328 NE Fremont, is on the 2nd floor, above "Garden Fever" - a great locally owned nursery. At this Alameda neighborhood location, we have three spacious window offices, each with
a small desk for easy charting and comfortable seating for 5 to 8.
We have four locations in SE Portland.
At 4179 SE Division, we have three offices, seating 4-6 with in-suite reception and restroom. This location is blessed with free, reserved parking for clients and clinicians.
Our newest location, is a four office suite at 4431 SE Woodstock, in a large shopping block anchored by Safeway. And the third SE Portland location, with two offices, is at 3430 SE Belmont, just upstairs from a neighborhood gathering place, the "Tao of Tea." We are on the second floor of this building alive with healing and wellness practitioners. The office seats up to 10 comfortably, and has an overhead skylight.
Our S.E. Hawthorne suite at 2045 SE Hawthorne, has a spacious reception area, private bath, and four offices. Two are designed for individual or couples sessions, and the other two are larger, seating up to six.
In North Portland, we have a suite of six offices, just a few blocks from the New Seasons store at N. Williams & Fremont. This location has a unique feel and we share the building with the "TreeHouse" Children's Resale Boutique.
In the center of the thriving, "bike-centric" Williams neighborhood, the suite has a casual/alternative vibe with a garden entry, a checkerboard tile floor and antique movie theatre seats in the reception area!
The offices available for shared practice at this location include a small interior office (pictured) and a spacious group room with a large skylight.
In Beaverton, we have two second floor suites (six individual offices) on SW Griffith Drive, just off the Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and Interstate 217.
With large windows, the offices seat five to eight and have spacious reception areas. There's plenty of free on-site parking for clinicians and clients.
Our east Multnomah county office is in the heart of old-downtown Gresham, where we share space with Gresham Family Law. The office comfortably seats six, is furnished in keeping with the 1924 architecture, and we have the added benefit of free parking and security.
In Lake Oswego, our location is situated in the Westlake Village neighborhood, about 1/4 mile off of the Kruse Way exit from Interstate 5. We share three lovely, ADA accessible offices at this location, seating 4 to 6.
We occupy the center of the main floor and our neighbors on one side are a group of massage professionals, and on the other, a chiropractic office, both of which have occasion to refer patients to our colleagues.
Each office at the Lake Oswego/Westlake location benefits from natural light, with large windows opening to a beautiful grove of trees.
Neighboring businesses include a yoga studio, salon, Pizza Schmizza, and coffee shop. Parking is abundant and free at this location.
The comment we hear most often from visitors to any of the Wise Counsel offices is "It just feels good in here!"
Virtually everything you need to begin and grow your private
practice (other than your professional files) are provided for you at
Wise Counsel & Comfort.
Marketing & Practice Building
Cooperative marketing is an enormous benefit of practicing with the Wise Counsel & Comfort community. The marketing efforts include our websites, Oregon Public Broadcasting/NPR radio ads, video clips on the website, and display ads in local newspapers. We also frequently appear in programs for local choral groups -- Portland Gay Men's Chorus, Aurora Chorus, Portland Peace Choir, Satori Men's Chorus and others.
Our websites, Portland-Therapist.com and Portland-Therapist.org
receive an average of 17,000 hits and more than 500 unique visitors daily, and are
a proven and consistent path for clients to find us. Your photo,
telephone, email, and a more comprehensive description of
services will be added to the "Meet the Therapists" section of the
website, with only a $50 initial set-up fee per site. No further fees are required as long as you are a member of the Wise Counsel community.
Your name, credentials and contact information are included in our monthly publication of the brochure detailing all of the professionals at Wise Counsel & Comfort. The brochure is available at each location,
and can be broadly distributed as part of your marketing effort.
New colleagues at Wise Counsel are provided with complementary design
and printing of your first 200 business cards, and assistance is
available for design of flyers for groups or special events.
Colleagues regularly have the opportunity to participate in
special marketing and community networking efforts.
We have co-sponsored International Women's Day at Portland State University and the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) "Walk for the Mind of America" for many years. We
participate in community events, tabling to share information
on the services available at Wise Counsel & Comfort. Seasonally, we
seek opportunities to purchase ad space in other high-profile
environments - health clubs, concerts, etc.
Colleagues are welcome to schedule pro-bono sessions or no-fee initial
consultations without any additional fee or rent,
and our largest offices are available to you at NO cost if you offer
community/educational events for which you charge no fee. This is an
excellent marketing strategy. If you have a specialty (EMDR? DBT? What's
that?), just reserve the room, post a flyer, send a press release to
the local media, and you're on your way.
Training & Support
Because the task of beginning and building a successful private
practice is a demanding one, and the process can be isolating,
Wise Counsel & Comfort offers regular opportunities for clinicians to support and
learn from one another.
Monthly peer consultation/training groups, facilitated by seasoned mental health professionals, are available for Wise Counsel colleagues at no cost.
We enjoy regular social and networking gatherings, and partner with several non-profit agencies in Portland.
Mentoring & Supervision
We are grateful to have these credentialed supervisors among our Wise Counsel colleagues who are available to establish formal supervisory relationships with pre-licensed clinicians to make the process of moving toward licensure more convenient and affordable. A number of them offer particularly low supervision fees to young counselors who establish a fee scale capped at $40. Many of the seasoned clinicians at Wise Counsel & Comfort are glad to provide informal mentoring, answer questions and help those new to private practice jump through the necessary hoops (forms, HPPA, guidance on setting fee structures, etc.)
Moira Ryan, L.P.C.
~ Clinical Supervision for LPC Interns ~ 503-468-6998
With considerable experience in agencies as well as navigating the challenges of starting private practice (Where do I send the forms? Which hours count? Can I take insurance? How do I market myself?) Wherever you are in Portland, I likely know something about the culture you're working with and how to navigate that culture's expectations. I'm open to your unique expression of your theoretical orientation, and I'll to help you find your best way to support clients and the community (and yourself!). I'm passionate about helping newcomers to the field. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Keith Mackie, L.P.C., C.A.D.C.1
~ Clinical Supervision for LPC Interns ~ 503-765-6448
I am a registered clinical supervisor with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists. I offer individual and group supervision for LPC interns working toward licensure. I've served as clinical supervisor over the years in a variety of settings. I currently have openings for interns on Mondays and Tuesdays, and I offer generously discounted fees ($30 per individual session) for interns who offer low fee options to their clients. I look forward to hearing from you. Email: email@example.com or give me a call at 503-961-4535.
Earlyn Smith, L.P.C.
~ Clinical Supervision for LPC Interns ~ 503-961-4535
I've been licensed in Oregon since 1991, and served as a clinical supervisor over the years in several settings. My goals in supervision are to provide clear direction in matters of ethical practice, and to support supervisees in developing their own style and approach, using their strengths and unique gifts. My work with supervisees -- just as with clients -- is strength-based, using cognitive-behavioral, developmental, and systems theories, with emphasis on strong relationships with clients to support their work. The relationship between supervisor and supervisee needs to be marked with respect and trust, so I'm happy to sit down and discuss the options with you. Please give me a call at 503-961-4535.
Laurie Pearson, L.C.S.W.
~ Clinical Supervision for LPC and LCSW Interns ~ 404-862-6763
A positive supervisory relationship is essential to developing confidence and competence as a mental health professional. I invite therapists to facilitate their personal growth by reviewing current cases to develop awareness of their strengths and limitations. I utilize CBT, and am psychodynamically trained. I have experience with addictions, trauma, and chronic mental illness. I look forward to hearing from you.
Janis Crawford, L.P.C.
~ Clinical Supervision for LPC Interns ~ 307-321-3212
I have been providing clinical supervision for 14 years and nearly 20 years working with patients who encounter addiction, criminality, and mood and personality disorders. My approach is a motivational psycho-dynamic style, which evokes your strengths and learning edges. Individual and group supervision available, with reduced fees for beginning counselors. I have been a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers since 2007 and provide MI coaching with feedback, workshops, and seminars.
Rents & Policies
Colleagues at Wise Counsel & Comfort reserve regular
clinic hours at one location, and are able to schedule
additional hours outside that schedule as needed for urgent appointments or consultations at $10 per hour. Requests for additional hours should be made 2-3 days in advance. (As noted above, hours reserved for pro-bono clients are available to you at NO additional rent.)
The initial term for sublet at Wise Counsel is twelve months, and continues
month-to-month following the initial term. Payment required to initiate the lease include first month's rent, one-time fee of $100 to set up profiles on both websites, and $100 key/damage deposit which is entirely refundable. We're glad to negotiate 'payment plans' over the first few months if
it would be tough for you to come up with the entire up-front costs --
we're here to help you make it work!
All session fees must be $40 or below.
The name of this rent option is light-hearted but somewhat misleading. It can, in fact, be very profitable, and is a terrific strategy to "kick-start" a new practice.
$130 for 5 hours per week
$185 for 10 hours per week
$240 for 15 hours per week
$295 for 20 hours per week
$340 for 25 hours per week
Requires that half of your clinic hours be reserved for clients paying less than $50 per session.
$175 for 5 hours per week
$250 for 10 hours per week
$300 for 15 hours per week
$360 for 20 hours per week
$420 for 25 hours per week
::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::Note: The "Discounted" rent scale is slightly higher at our Woodstock Lake Oswego, Beaverton, N. Williams, Hawthorne, and NW Hoyt offices than at other locations because of increased overhead costs, particularly property tax payments, utilities and liability. As always, these rental rates include a $15 per month contribution to marketing efforts.
$185 for 5 hours per week
$250 for 10 hours per week
$320 for 15 hours per week
$370 for 20 hours per week
$430 for 25 hours/wk
Requires only that sliding scale options be available.
$200 for 5 hours per week ($8.53 per hour)
$335 for 10 hours per week ($7.38 per hour)
$415 for 15 hours per week ($6.15 per hour)
20 hours per week ($5.50 per hour)
$540 for 25 hours per week ($4.86 per hour)
Weeknight evening schedules require a minimum 3 hour time slot,
6-9 pm or 7-10 pm
Time reserved for workshops, classes, seminars or group therapy will be by arrangement, and will be subject to a modest additional fee.
Wise Counsel & Comfort is NOT an agency or a group practice. This protects us from
exposure to the substantially greater financial risks and obligations associated with a group practice. It also serves to protect us from potential liability for one another's professional practice, given that each and every clinician practices independently maintaining personal control over records, etc. The offices addresses may NOT be used as a mailing address for business, insurance, payment or any other important documents. Counselors are urged to register (with their professional boards and insurance companies) home or post-office-box address for important mail, and office address only for identification of practice location.
All those in practice at Wise Counsel & Comfort are required, as a part of their association with Wise Counsel, as well as their professional and legal obligations detailed by state law and their respective professional boards, to
practice according to the highest ethical standards of their
profession. Unless practicing under a specific exemption from licensure, clinicians associated with Wise Counsel & Comfort must be in a formal relationship with their licensing board. We welcome licensed clinicians in good standing, as well as registered interns who practice under the license of a credentialed clinical supervisor. For those who are specifically exempted from Oregon's licensure laws, minimum academic credentials must include completion of a graduate degree or comparable professional training.
In addition, every practitioner will release Wise
Counsel & Comfort, and the building owners in writing for any liability for any
injury your client might experience while they are on our premises ("slip &
fall"), or provide a property liability policy naming WCC LLC, and the building owners as co-insured. These
are available through professional associations (American Counseling
Association, etc.) at modest rates above the cost of your professional
liability insurance premiums.
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions...
We've learned through the years, there are a dozen or so questions clinicians considering joining the Wise Counsel & Comfort community always, always ask. So -- HERE ARE THE QUESTIONS AND THE ANSWERS TO THOSE QUESTIONS!
Please open and read through these two documents, and if you feel like Wise Counsel & Comfort is the right place for you, give us a call!
Wise Counsel & Comfort FAQs Part 1 (pdf)
Wise Counsel & Comfort FAQs Part 2
For more information, about becoming a part of the Wise Counsel community, or about current availability, please call Lynne Joy Nesbit, our founder/director at 503-504-8870, or drop us a line (email).
We look forward to hearing from you.