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ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTERS IN PORTLAND, OREGON

Data provided from the TEDS and N-SSATS for drug abuse statistics, as noted in the SAMHSA, show that in the year 2008, there were around 21,800 substance abuse treatments and Portland drug admissions in the city of Portland, with 67% of them being male and 33% of them being female. Of these, 30% were in the aged above 25 to 30 years; 22% were above 45 years; 19% were between 18 to 24 years and 22% between 35 to 44 years. With regard to ethnicity, the maximum number, 70%, of the admissions belonged to non-Hispanic whites.

If you or anyone you know is in need of help for Portland drug admissions and treatment, this is not a daunting task anymore. Our website lists several such Portland rehab centers and you can consider all facets before making the right choice. There are centers taking care of detox as well as other extended care options. You can find the addiction treatment to match the needs in order to achieve the best results and obtain a successful recovery. The listings contain services from Portland rehab centers, run by medical and psychiatric professionals who can successfully purge the addict’s system and ensure complete physical and mental stability. They also offer dual diagnosis treatment in cases where necessary.
WHAT THERAPISTS IN PORTLAND HAVE TO SAY
Anna Marti
Anna Marti
Portland, OR 97219

What types of services do you offer?

Private coaching and intimacy sessions for men, women and couples. Available for talks and panels.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

I work specifically with issues surrounding sexual function, sexual enjoyment, and intimacy as an integral part of a healthy, functioning life.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

My main focus is bringing clients to acess their own internal and external resources. Work is somatically based, i.e. rooted in experiential referencing. 

When should one seek treatment?

When one senses they are unable to access their capacity to find enjoyment in life, manage the inevitable challenges of loss or grief, or connect with themselves or others over a sustained period of time. (i.e. impacting work, family, health). 

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

Someone who is willing to be self-reflective and who may be interested in a more holistic orientation as well as, if appropriate, a spiritual (not religious) framework.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

The relationship between mental health and substance abuse is enormous. I have personal experience with this as well. The costs to society, family, health are well documented. I see myself as an adjunct to more specific recovery and mental health services.

Anna is an intimacy coach with a private practice in Portland, Oregon. For more information on her services, please contact her at (503) 705-7753. 

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Anna Marti

Portland, OR 97219
Bart Walsh
Bart Walsh
Portland, OR 97219

What types of services do you offer?

I offer individual, couple and family therapy for those needing or desiring treatment.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

The issues I treat emcompass a wide range which includes:

Emotional concerns- depression, anxiety, phobias, panic, stress etc.

Behavioral concerns- compulsions, anger management, avoidance etc.

Habit control-tobacco, weight loss, weight gain, gambling etc.

Addictions- drug & alcohol misuse, internet etc.

Performance enhancement

Relationship challenges

Sexual concerns

Gender distress

Abuse and trauma

Loss, grief

Chronic illness

Chronic pain

Surgical preparation

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

My orientation to counseling, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy is essentially a strengths perspective with a solution focus. The strengths perspective acknowledges all the strengths, resources and instinctual imperatives within an individual that have helped the individual get to the present moment. Each individual is unique, has a unique history and carries a unique set of experience, learning and resources.

The influences that guide my work and contribute to the strengths perspective have been derived from studies, experience or training in: systems theory, Jungian therapy, cognitive therapy, object relations theory, Ericksonian hypnotherapy, hypnosis, holotropic breath work, narrative therapy, ego-state therapy, solution focused therapy, music therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing and more.

When should one seek treatment?

Whenever one realizes their own best efforts are not accomplishing what they intend or what is in their best interest, treatment may be an appropriate option.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

If a person chooses to work with me, he or she will engage a failsafe means of accessing inner resources and acquiring tools/skills which allow he or she to effectively manage significant concerns on their own.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Mental health and substance abuse are inextricably linked as they have a profound and reciprocal influence on eachother. Effective treatment involves treating the whole person. Based upon the concerns and information presented and the psychobiological resources evident within an individual, a particular approach to treatment will be selected. The treatment approach will be discussed and mutually agreed upon. Client feedback and experience in session allows the client to regulate the pace of treatment.

Bart is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice, Affinity Counseling and Hypnosis, in Portland, Oregon. For more information on his services, please contact him at (503) 293-1811. 

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Bart Walsh
1306 SW Bertha Blvd
Portland, OR 97219
Bill Maier
Bill Maier
Portland, OR 97225

What types of services do you offer?

I provide individual, couples and family in-depth psychotherapy services.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

I specialize in readjusting childhood personality patterns the create distress and a lack enrichment in attachments

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

I use a complex from of talk therapy informed by psychoanalytic thinking, neurobiology, and Attachment Theory.

When should one seek treatment?

People come to me who complex issues, often after other treatments have been less than successful. Seeing me for depression or anxiety is a decision to clean up early forming coping strategies that are creating discomfort.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

The setting and atmosphere of my office helps provide a sense of calmness, safety and professionalism to explore difficult area of need self-growth.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Most of my patients over the last 28 years have also had problems with Chemical Dependency, besides Anxiety and Depression. Chemical Dependency, in the recovery model I use, is one of the unhealthy coping strategies people choose with challenging early childhood environments.

Bill is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in Portland, Oregon. For more information on his services, please contact him at (360) 670-5844. 

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Bill Maier
1675 SW Marlow, Suite#315
Portland, OR 97225
David Manfield
David Manfield
Portland, OR 97209

What types of services do you offer?

I am clinical psychologist offering individual and couples psychotherapy.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

I treat most issues that present in day to day life, with a few exceptions.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

I have 35 years of experience, and consequently I've trained in many modalities. I use an integrative approach informed by object relations theory, family systems theory, humanistic and cognitive behavioral therapies. I have a particular interest in ego state work and EMDR. I am best known for my work as an EMDR therapist, and I am a faculty member of the EMDR Institute.

When should one seek treatment?

If you are unhappy more days than not, and you're experiencing symptoms that affect your sleep, concentration, self-worth or ability to function effectively, you should definitely consider treatment.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

I would choose a practitioner with caution. Find someone you are comfortable talking to and who seems experienced in your area of concern. Take the first session to explain your concerns and see if the clinician offers a treatment plan that makes sense to you. That's my basic approach. I view that first session as a trial session.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

This is a complex question. Substance abuse behaviors are driven by personality issues (e.g., tendencies toward avoidance, dependency or compulsive behavior), a history of trauma, social modeling, and physical pre-disposition (hence the “medical model” of alcoholism). Often people increase their drinking to “self-medicate,” in lieu of professional assistance, to address an underlying depression or anxiety condition. In early adulthood, social anxiety and insecurity fuel alcohol abuse to navigate the social challenges of that time in life. Unfortunately, alcohol abuse through the teens and early twenties undermines the natural evolution of adaptive and mature self-soothing skills and abilities, and stalls social development. Effective treatment of the all forms of addiction (smoking, eating, alcohol, sexual) involves a thorough review of the individual's history, and identification of the factors that might contribute to behavior. In my practice, I believe that most of the issues identifed above can be resolved by targeting the traumas (including the daily traumas of childhood neglect, devaluation, and abuse) that organize personality and drive the problems of self-worth, anxiety and impaired functioning. Typically I employ a combination of EMDR and CBT for these issues. For severe circumstances, when people cannot and will not quit drinking and who nonetheless acknowledge the problem, I've utilized the Sinclar Method, which can be very effective.

David is a clinical psychologist with two offices in Oregon, one in Lake Oswego and another in Portland. For more information on his services please contact him at (503) 223-2391. 

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David Manfield
1962 NW Kearney, Suite 302
Portland, OR 97209
Denise Gour
Denise Gour
Portland, OR 97202

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

Individual private therapy and classes. Mindfulness-based therapy for stress, depression, anxiety, and relapse prevention for addictive behaviors.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

Mindfulness integrated with cognitive behavioral talk therapy; I also integrate art , journaling, and movement when appropriate and helpful for clients. In addition to my clinical training in psychotherapy, I am trained in three empirically proven mindfulness models for stress, depression, and relapse prevention of addictive behaviors.  

When should one seek treatment?

Stress, Anxiety, Depression: As a preventative tool, or when you sense that challenges interfere or begin to interfere with routine daily life. Relapse Prevention: When you have completed a treatment program and wish to sustain or regain a commitment to abstinence from the addictive behavior.  

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Mental health challenges are inseparable from addictive behaviors. Addictive behaviors begin with a desire to push away, block, numb, or otherwise avoid acceptance of what is happening in the moment. This is often something painful, but can also be a desire to make something more exciting/pleasurable than it ordinarily would be. Depression and anxiety, in particular are often part of addictive behaviors. The Mindfulness-Based practices address how habitual thoughts and reactions to challenging situations contribute directly to cravings and urges to indulge in an addictive behavior.

My individual and class services teach tools that are empirically proven to be successful for easing challenges of depression and anxiety, as well as substance abuse and other addictive behaviors. Mindfulness skills that heighten awareness of harmful thinking habits are introduced in the first sessions. Clients then build on these skills by learning how to recognize when they are reactive, and then pause before automatically reacting. After learning to pause, clients quickly learn how to practice expanding their options when facing challenges/triggers in order to act with helpful responses vs. automatic unhelpful reactions.  

Denise is a licensed therapist in Portland, Oregon, working with adults and families for over 15 years. If you would like to learn more about Denise's mental health services, call her at (503) 404-3313.

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Denise Gour
Mindful Place Counseling and Stress Reduction LLC
Portland, OR 97202
Erica Fayrie
Erica Fayrie
Portland, OR 97232

What types of services do you offer?

I offer individual counseling for children, adolescents and adults

What issues do you specify treatment for?

Trauma, anxiety, depression, childhood disorders, family dynamics

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

I mostly use Art therapy, EMDR (eye movement deconstruction reconciliation) and NET (neuro-emotional technique)

When should one seek treatment?

One should seek treatment if they are experiencing overwhelming feelings and needing support, proactively if they know they will be facing something difficult or even because they are struggling with personal growth and would like help moving forward.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

I enjoy working with people who have emotional blockages either from their past or present who are wanting to change and move forward in life.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

I believe there is a large correlation between mental health and substance abuse. When there is an addiction there is also usually a mental health concern to go along with such as depression or anxiety. My specialty is not substance abuse but I have worked with individuals who have both mental health concerns as well as substance abuse. I have also worked with individuals whose loved ones suffer from addiction to help them understand how to cope.

Erica is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Art Therapist in Portland, Oregon. For more information on her services, please contact her at (503) 953-0234. 

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Erica Fayrie
2931 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232
J Workman-Purvine
J Workman-Purvine
Portland, OR 97203

What types of services do you offer?

I offer psychotherapy for adults, both individuals and couples, a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills training group and psychosocial assessments.

What issues do you specify treatment for? What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is my favorite approach, which has shown to be effective for a range of issues including chronic suicidal thoughts and behaviors, non-suicidal self-injury, borderline personality disorder, binge eating disorder, bulimia, trauma and substance abuse (particularly among those who chronically relapse).

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is my favored approach for anxiety disorders such as social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and generalized anxiety.

Behavioral Activation Treatment – for most types of depression.

Prolonged Exposure Therapy – for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. This approach is not appropriate for everyone in which case I’m most like to use DBT.

When should one seek treatment?

Put simply one should seek treatment when they have grown tired of suffering. Everyone has their own “bottom”, whether it is “low” or “high” and nobody else but you can tell you if you have reached it. Often people come to therapy feeling nervous, scared and unsure. Sometimes the idea of change gives rise to the same feelings. The important thing is that you be open to the idea of change even if you’re not sure how committed you are. Change also needs to be balanced with acceptance of who you are, including your strengths, talents and character assets.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

Most of the people I currently see came to me because they were looking for a DBT therapist. Whether DBT is the preferred approach or not my general style is direct, solution focused and active. Though I appreciate how empowering it can be to uncover the origins of one’s problems, I have found that this does not always lead to lasting change. Instead, I focus on the “here and now”, helping people to learn the skills needed to relate to their thoughts and feelings and the world in a different way so as to create the conditions more lasting behavior change. I believe that therapy should be available to anyone who needs it and not the exclusive domain of the upper and middle classes. For this reason I accept both Medicare and the Oregon Health Plan. I also provide a limited number of sliding scale slots for those without insurance.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Before starting my own practice I spent the bulk of my career working with people who were both mentally ill and homeless. I’ve seen first hand the interplay between both mental health problems with substance abuse. People were often drawn into substance abuse as a means to cope with their mental health symptoms because so little help was available. At the same time I worked with many people who were misdiagnosed and given ineffective treatment. The interplay between mental health problems and substance abuse is often difficult to sort out without a quality assessment. Even if a serious mental health issue is not in play I find that people struggling with substance abuse issues struggle with never having felt like they belonged and feel very alone, even if outwardly they appear friendly and socially engaged. Anyone who has worked the twelve steps remembers the impact of the fourth step as they listed out their resentments and fears, uncovering core fears such as not being good enough, not being loved, etc. In my work I always begin with a thorough assessment to get the clearest picture possible as to how substance abuse and mental health issues impact each other. Once an appropriate therapy approach is agreed upon I then focus on both the mental health problem and the substance abuse simultaneously.

J Workman-Purvine is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working in the St. Johns neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. For more information go to his website at www.heartfulpaththerapy.com or feel free to call at 503-915-8689.

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J Workman-Purvine
8638A N. Lombard St., Suite #2
Portland, OR 97203
Jason Luoma of Portland Psychotherapy
Jason Luoma of Portland Psychotherapy
Portland, OR 97227

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

Portland Psychotherapy specializes in evidence-based psychotherapy and counseling. Our practitioners offer a range of psychotherapy types, focusing on a broad range of problems. We strive to bring effectiveness and compassion to all our work and make sure our treatment choices are informed by what research has to say about what works. We provide addiction treatment services, along with services for a range of mental health concerns.

We also have a couple speciality programs:

  • Our Depression Treatment Program

  • A program called Sober Families which is for family members who have a loved one who is addicted to drugs or alcohol

Problems we specialize in treating:

  • Depression and other mood disorders

  • Trauma and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Relationship problems

  • Substance abuse, dependence, and other forms of addiction

  • Seasonal affective Disorder and the "Winter Blues"

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

We offer a variety of types of psychotherapy:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

  • Functional Analytic Psychotherapy

  • Behavioral Activation Treatment for Depression

  • Mindfulness-Based Therapies

When should one seek treatment?

Many therapies have been created to help people struggling with emotional and psychological difficulties. With so many therapies available, it can be difficult to find the best fit for your needs and concerns. While there are no guarantees that a specific therapy will work for you, we do know that certain therapies work for many people experiencing a specific type of concern (e.g., depression, anxiety, substance abuse). These types of therapies are termed “evidence-based.” An evidence-based therapy is one that has been scientifically investigated and been shown to effectively treat a particular concern or problem. At Portland Psychotherapy, we focus on providing compassionate and evidence-based therapy to help people create purposeful and fulfilling lives.

At Portland Psychotherapy we understand that each person has his or her own unique needs and learning style. We tailor the therapies we use to best fit the needs of our clients and work collaboratively throughout therapy to maximize their results. We also understand that people seeking therapy are more than just their problem or diagnosis. Our providers work from a strengths-based approach and use the gifts and skills of our clients to help them make meaningful changes in their lives. If you find yourself having a hard time dealing with the problems your life presents, having a hard time with relationships, struggling with drugs or alcohol, or feeling depressed or anxious, this might be a good time to seek services.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

All of our treatment services are individualized to the particular person we are working with. Mental health concerns and addiction often coincide. Most people who come to treatment for addiction are also suffering with heightened levels of anxiety and/or depression. Therefore, it's essential that addictions treatment also addresses mental health. We use an integrated model that does just that. We can offer individual treatment, couples treatment, family treatment, and group treatment. Typically, a person contacts us for a consultation and we discuss what treatment options will best meet their needs.

Dr. Jason Luoma is a licensed Psychologist under Portland Psychotherapy in Oregon. For more information about Portland Psychotherapy, please call (503) 281-4852.

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Jason Luoma of Portland Psychotherapy
3700 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227
Jeanne Bjorklund
Jeanne Bjorklund
Portland, OR 97209

What types of services do you offer?

As a CA-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I treat children, couples, individuals and families. I have a systems perspective, with developmental (family of origin) emphasis.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

I help people manage anger, feelings of anxiety and depression, panic and poor self-esteem. A majority of my clients need help working through dysfunctional family issues and patterns of relating that have persisted through the years and which manifest themselves in unhealthy interpersonal relationships and the misuse and abuse of food, alcohol, and other compulsions. I also have worked with Legacy Hospice and treat grief and loss issues. I have held groups and seen individuals recovering from sexual, physical and psychological abuse. I have education, training and experience working with spiritual issues and abuse.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

When working with children, I use non-directive, client-centered play therapy. Depending on the diagnosis and treatment plan, I may use cognitive-behavioral, psycho- dynamic psychotherapy, or a systems approach…or a blend of various modalities I have incorporated into my therapeutic style over the past 27 years. I use a Gottman approach with couples as needed and am trained to administer Prepare and Enrich diagnostics for pre-marital and marital couples.

When should one seek treatment?

Sometimes that answer would be as simple as “when I feel like I need someone to talk to”. For children, look for regressive symptoms, or changes in behavior at home or school that Indicate stress or possible abuse. Or, if there has been divorce, death or family violence, substance abuse, etc. Adults tell me that friends or family are often the ones to say to them that they need help. They are often not aware that their drinking is becoming a problem, their depression, anxiety or symptoms of inability to cope are so obvious. Poor sleep, psychosomatic complaints, increase in anger or rage, changes in nervous, anxious and depressive symptoms. An awareness of relationship issues that are repetitive.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

I offer years of solid training and field-tried experience; I am a compassionate listener and believe each individual to be a unique and valuable person with the potential to change and find happiness.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Poor mental and emotional health can contribute to substance abuse, and on the other hand, substance abuse can contribute to poor mental, physical, relational, and even spiritual dis-ease. Once begun it is a downward cycle and contributes to dysfunction on all levels. There is frequently a need for dual-diagnosis in planning for treatment.

Jeanne is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Portland, Oregon. For more information on her services, please contact her at (503) 887-8574. 

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Jeanne Bjorklund
905 NW 20th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
Keely Helmick
Keely Helmick
Portland, OR 97202

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I offer individual and family services. I treat many issues including: substance abuse/addiction, trauma, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, prenatal and postpartum mood disorders and grief and loss.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

I use a variety of therapy modalities depending on individual needs. Modalities such as: motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy and DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy). I also utilize mindfulness based techniques such as mindfulness based relapse prevention.

When should one seek treatment?

The time to seek treatment can vary depending on the individual. From a broad perspective one should seek treatment when a certain issue is affecting their daily life activities and/or the meaningful relationships in their lives. However, others will seek treatment periodically as a way to re­evaluate life goals or a "tune up" around past issues and struggles.

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

There is a strong correlation between struggles with mental health and substance abuse. For some, the substance abuse develops as an individual uses drugs and alcohol to cope with past trauma and/or mental health issues. Many of the clients I see are dual diagnosis, both mental health and substance abuse. I offer individualized therapy treatment as well as collaboration with psychiatrists and agencies in the community. Along with therapy, I offer: med management, relapse prevention and coordination with outpatient groups to increase individual success. For those struggling with a multitude of issues I can be part of the team to help treat and provide further resources.

Keely Helmick is a Counselor in Portland, Oregon, working with individuals and families. For more information regarding Keely’s services, please call (503) 332-7003.

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Keely Helmick
3605 SE 26th Ave
Portland, OR 97202
Megan Irving LPCI
Megan Irving LPCI
Portland, OR 97214

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I offer confidential psychotherapy in Portland Oregon. I treat any relational-based issues including, but not limited to addiction, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, couples counseling, grief and loss, and other mental health issues.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

I believe that my clients know what is best for them. While I am well versed in many psychodynamic theories and treatment modalities, I utilize whatever works best. That being said, I lean more towards a self-psychological, Rogerian way of thinking and practicing.

When should one seek treatment?

We all need therapy and access to mental health in our community. The relationship between therapist and patient often begins during a point of crisis. However, after the crisis subsides, I feel a monthly check-in is a tremendous gift we can give ourselves to help navigate mental health challenges that can, and do arise long after crisis abates.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Evidence based studies show that some of us are predisposed to addiction. Combine this genetic component with an environment of using drugs and alcohol and you have a recipe for substance abuse. Addiction shares two mechanisms, one being physiological and the other mental. Treating addiction successfully is dependent upon abstinence and this cannot occur without a strong recovery infrastructure. Therapy can be a starting point for this healing to take place. I should add that people do not drink or use drugs simply to use them. Chemical dependence happens for many reasons. For some, it may be a way of coping. Through therapy we can uncover why the person chose to use in the first place and how to overcome it long term.

Megan offers services in Portland, OR with experience in addiction recovery. Learn more about Megan's mental health services by calling (503) 756-4750.

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Megan Irving LPCI
819 SE Morrison St. Suite 215
Portland, OR 97214
River's Way Professional Clinic
River's Way Professional Clinic
Portland, OR 97209

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

River's Way Professional Clinic offers 50 minute counseling sessions for individuals, couples and families, as well as groups. We counsel people on issues ranging from mental health and addictions to relationship conflicts, life transitions, physical medical issues and personal growth.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

All our counselors are graduates of the Process Work Institute. Process Work developed from Jungian Psychology. Its focus is on self awareness and it supports clients to find their own individual paths through difficulties. In a Process Work session, the counselor supports the client to explore transformative experience and discover their own creative solutions.

When should one seek treatment?

River's Way Professional Clinic welcomes anyone looking for insight into their experience and an individualized, non-judgemental approach to any issue.

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

River's Way Professional Clinic views substance use or addiction not as a pathology, but as an attempt to fulfill a genuine need in the life of the client. While supporting the client to make decisions and sustainable change for the health of their body and relationships, Process Work helps them discover the true needs beneath their addiction, and how to fulfill those needs in life-affirming and creative ways.

Process Work also does not pathologize mental illness, viewing such extreme experiences as responses to sensitivity, trauma and as the product of living in an often impossible world.

River’s Way Professional Clinic is a collective of therapists in Portland, Oregon, working with individuals, couples and families. For more information regarding River’s Way Professional Clinic, please call (503) 894-5568.

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River's Way Professional Clinic
2049 NW Hoyt Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
Shelby Leigh
Shelby Leigh
Portland, OR 97204

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I offer counseling sessions for teens and adults from a variety of backgrounds. Most sessions are 50-minutes and most clients come in for weekly sessions. Each client’s counseling is flexible and tailored to their own needs. I see clients who are struggling with addiction, eating disorders, trauma, anxiety and depression. I currently offer a sliding scale.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

I use DBT, Somatic Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.

When should one seek treatment?

Someone should seek treatment when they are ready for a change in their life but don’t necessarily know what the steps look like to embody that change. One could seek treatment to have a steady person in their life to support and guide towards deep healing and transformation. Often clients have exhausted all other avenues trying to find change but they just don’t seem to be working. Counseling offers an opportunity to learn skills to help with regulating intense emotions as well as offers a consistent and encouraging relationship with someone who is trustworthy and effective in helping to relieve suffering and stress.

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

A person’s mental and physical health can be greatly impacted by using substances. Often substances are used to cope with underlying emotional states that have not yet been fully healed or looked at. There can be a tiring cycle of using substances to cope with poor mental health and then mental health can decline due to the reactions that happen in the mind and body from ongoing substance use. This cycle can feel hopeless at times. With the assistance of a caring counselor, this cycle can be broken with mindful attention to being with the feelings that the substances have attempted to mask for so long. In addition to bringing mindful attention to underlying emotions, I teach tools to interrupt these cycles while in and out of session.


Shelby Leigh is a Counselor at Confluence Counseling in Portland, Oregon, with a style influenced by Somatic Psychotherapy and Mindfulness. For more information regarding Shelby Leigh’s services, please call (971) 258-1675.

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Shelby Leigh
506 SW 6th Ave Suite 801
Portland, OR 97204
Steffannie Roache
Steffannie Roache
Portland, OR 97211

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

We offer support & therapeutic groups, mentoring, individual, couples & family counseling & coaching.

We focus on culturally relevant and evidence based services for self-esteem building, parenting, depression & anxiety, domestic violence survivors & batterers intervention groups.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

Person centered, group therapy, cognitive behavioral, aspects of Adlerian and logotherapy.

When should one seek treatment?

We encourage people to seek treatment when they need support to deal with life challenges, or any time they desire a change in unhelpful or negative habits.

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

The supportive nature of mental health counseling, coaching, and support groups can help those actively in substance abuse or working on recovery.  We offer confidential therapeutic counseling, coaching, individually or in a positive group environment.  There is a benefit from group accountability and hearing similar stories of others who have experienced similar challenges. Our services also help improve interpersonal and family relationships affected by these issues.

Steffannie Roache is a Pre-Licensed Professional in Portland, Oregon, using an evidence based approach to counseling. For more information regarding Steffannie’s services, please call at (503) 303-8667.

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Steffannie Roache

Portland, OR 97211
Susan Pease Banitt
Susan Pease Banitt
Portland, OR 97210

What types of services do you offer?

I offer short-term assessment, coaching and holistic treatment for PTSD and stress related disorders. I offer supervision for professionals and consultation for individuals or businesses who need to understand PTSD and dissociation. I also offer Past Life Regression Therapy (trained by Brian Weiss, MD), and Spiritual Path Coaching.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

These days I am mostly working in the areas of PTSD, stress and dissociation, although over the course of my career I have worked in every diagnostic area. Traumatic stress affects nearly everyone over the course of their lifetimes, from illness, to accidents, to separations, to child abuse issues or veterans. Traumatic events and stress underlie almost every major psychiatric diagnosis, and I want to help people heal from the ground up. Also, people with spiritual emergence issues sometimes need to get some therapy to stay grounded and integrate new perceptions and world views. I love helping them do this!

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

Psychodynamic, shamanic, CBT, yogic, client centered, object relations , couples and kids– I have a really big tool kit ! If you want to see the possible modalities, look at my book The Trauma Tool Kit: Healing PTSD From the Inside Out (Quest, 2012).

When should one seek treatment?

When you find yourself repeating patterns. When you find yourself unable to function because of excessive depression or anxiety. When you are stuck. When you feel out of control. When you don’t recognize yourself in the mirror. When you need some objectivity. When you have questions but no answers. When you have chronic pain in your mind or body. These are all reasons to seek treatment.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

People find me who have had extreme amounts of suffering. People find me who are ready to work and need someone who has depth of experience and vision. People find me who have indigenous ancestry, psychic or shamanic abilities and cannot talk to regular therapists about them. People find me who want to heal quickly and have an orientation of service to others. I specialize in working with people for whom other therapies have not worked. Trust your gut. If you read about and feel connected to me, we will probably work well together.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

There is no mammal on the planet who does not turn to substances when they are feeling poorly, and that includes humans. Substance abuse is usually a response to traumatic stress in the body/mind, something I call artificial dissociation. People go back to using when they have not adequately healed their own traumas. A smaller number of people seek out substances as a spiritual path either consciously or unconsciously. With awareness, healing and resolve people can let go of their addictions. Unlike many practitioners, I consider substance abuse a secondary problem, not a primary one.

Susan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private pratice, Lotus Heart Counseling, in Portland, Oregon. If you're interested in learning more about her services, please visit www.suepeasebanitt.com or contact her at (503) 869-0314. 

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