Counseling Services of Portland
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There are some things we have no control over. . . Anxiety is not one of them.

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Our Therapists

Lin Berlingen LPC

Have you delayed coming to counseling because you feared being judged? You will feel safe and respected in our work together. Offering unconditional positive regard is second-nature to me.  I have a profound respect for all lifestyles and cultures and am GLBT friendly. I love my work.

Client often ask me,
"Do you think I will get through this?"  And I can confidently say "Yes."   Your body was designed to feel happy and well, and it knows how to get there.  You can learn simple techniques that will help you unleash your inner wisdom.

My clients tell me they appreciate my
directness, caring and feedback.  Call me.  Start feeling better now. Call or text 503-342-2510

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Jonelle Richards LCSW

Although counseling therapy may sometimes challenge you, the relationship between us should be the easy part. It’s important that we share a warm, positive connection, and that I understand and genuinely empathize with you and your challenges. Though the boundaries and “rules” of a therapist-client relationship are more clearly defined than a friendship, our relationship should nevertheless feel friendly and safe to you.  From there, we get busy and help you make the changes you want and need, using proven, effective tools and techniques.  The changes you desire are truly possible!  
 Suzie Wolfer, LCSW verified by Psychology Today Directory

Suzie Wolfer LCSW Therapist Portland TherapistNot counting that day in second grade when one of my school-mates came up to me on the playground and wondered if I could help her with a problem she was having at home, my passion for this work began 20 plus years ago when I began offering counseling professionally. 

And of course training and experience are critical for a professional, I also know that practicing what I teach gives people hope and courage to know they can get better and achieve their dreams. 

After  20 years,  I love this work even more each year. 

Do challenging emotions get the best of you?  

You find yourself thinking that things will never get better. that you've tried everything?  You start catastrophizing, predicting the worst.   Then you Inner Critic starts telling you lies like there's something wrong with you and you don't deserve to be happy.  

Then you find anxiety or depression start making the choices for you:  isolation, procrastination, blaming.  Your analzing minds tells you to just play it safe and find relief in TV, food, or substances.  Your mind convinces you there may be no other way.

These ideas are, well . . . quite frankly . . .simply wrong!

But most people don't stop to inquire about the thoughts that go through their mind.  After a while, these unexamined thoughts can turn into problems:
  • Troubling emotions like depression, irritability and anxiety
  • Low self esteem
  • Self-defeating thoughts that stop you in your tracks
  • Relationship problems
  • Chronic health problems
  • Addictions
  • Procrastination and difficulty making decisions
  • Isolation from the people who care about you
  • Clutter
Healthy grief can turn into depression.    Anxiety can turn in to panic.   Frustration can turn in to anger.

And without consciously deciding, you may seek relief  by using food, alcohol, over-work, shopping or drugs. You may attempt to feel good through artificial means. But these attempts to feel good may fall short and you end up feeling worse than before.

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Our skilled and compassionate therapists will help you identify, examine and challenge the thoughts that close doors.   We will help you recognize these troubling thoughts and emotions for what they are: the body’s best intentions to keep you safe. . . but at great cost to you and the life you were meant to live.  Like the story of the Golden Buddha, you may come to realize that you are not your feelings, not even your thoughts.   And that there is a better life waiting for you.

Together, as we compassionately recognize these patterns, they lose their power to run the show. With help you will learn how to do this:

Don't believe everything you think.

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Soon, you'll discover that well-being, confidence and creativity have been patiently waiting inside you, underneath the frustration and discouragement.  Together we will find and call upon your healthy self and your inner wisdom.

After a while, like the acorn and the oak tree, you come to know the real truth about you, that you are a capable person ready to have meaningful relationships and work,  and that you deserve to be happy. And if you are someone who has a spiritual path, this work will call Spirit more deeply and joyfully into your life.

There is convincing evidence that most people who have at least several sessions of psychotherapy are far better off than untreated individuals.  One major study showed that:

  • 50% of patients improved noticeably after 8 sessions. 
    • 75% of people in therapy improved after 6 months.
      Perhaps you are ready to be one of those people?

      Call or text 503-342-2510