Brian Thompson, Ph.D.

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"For many of us, the problem is not that we aren’t trying, but that what we’re doing isn’t working. My goal is to help you discover what works—for you. I help people expand their choices so that they have more options in their lives. Meaningful living is closer than you think."

As a licensed clinical psychologist, I value openness, compassion, and kindness. I strive to create an environment where people feel safe and where they have choices. I try to tailor therapy to each individual. Treatment can be as structured or unstructured as you need.


I specialize in cognitive behavioral treatments, particularly Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In addition to reading and attending professional workshops, I spent a year receiving specialty training in ACT. I’ve spent over a decade working and learning across a variety of educational and therapeutic environments.


When I’m not seeing people, I spend my time researching, writing, learning, and teaching other professionals in order to continually challenge myself to offer the best care I can.


Things I’ve Written


I’ve included a sample of some of my writings below that I thought give a sense of my interests and who I am... 

Treatment Approach

Orientation: I mainly draw from a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) treatment called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which is a mindfulness and acceptance-based approach. In addition, I draw from other evidence-based CBT approaches.

Modalities: Individuals, Group

Client Focus

Ages: Adults

Special Populations: LGBTQ affirmative


Years in practice: 10

Degree: Ph.D., Clinical Psychology

Year graduated: 2009

License number and State: Licensed Psychologist in Oregon # 2095


  • Anxiety and panic
  • Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Female and Male sexual abuse/assault/rape survivors
  • Complusive hair pulling or skin picking
  • Depression
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Life Crises
  • Affirmative gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender psychotherapy
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (aka "Winter Blues")


Average Cost: $140

Sliding Scale: limited

Accepted insurance Plans: Aetna; Blue Cross Blue Shield; Cigna; Lifewise; I can bill any other plans out-of-network, and I am happy to check on your benefits if you’re uncertain

How I Can Help

I mainly provide one-on-one therapy. I work with a variety of difficulties, such as relationships, self-criticism, emotional ups and downs, and lack of direction. But I also realize that many struggles don’t have easy labels. If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment, please contact me.

Phone: (503) 281 4852 ext. 14

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"Portland Psychotherapy is a unique and valuable resource in our community as it is staffed by therapists trained in various specialty areas. Drs. LeJeune and Luoma, who started the clinic, are highly respected professionals in the community, known for their extensive knowledge and expertise as therapists, researchers, and trainers. I have referred several of my clients to Portland Psychotherapy and have been most impressed and reassured by the feedback I have received about their experience. I have no hesitation about continuing to refer my clients to Portland Psychotherapy and appreciate the high quality of care that is provided by the professionals in this practice."

- M.B.

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- B.G.

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- M.W.

"Portland Psychotherapy is a unique practice. It not only provides knowledgeable, compassionate and highly effective treatments for their clients, but it is also a place where the therapists are actively involved in cutting edge clinical research to find ever more effective ways to serve their clients to help improve the quality of their lives. I know all of the therapists in this practice through participation in an ongoing peer consultation group for over 2 years, and I can say without hesitation that these are the professionals I would send my family and friends to if they needed help."