Portland Therapy - Finding the Right Portland Oregon Therapist

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.


To give you a sense of the types of therapy that we do at Portland Psychotherapy, here are 6 therapies that we practice at our center and that have been shown by research to be effective:


1.  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that examines the interactions among thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and how these interactions impact people’s well-being. Unlike most forms of CBT, ACT does not focus on changing the content of thoughts, but focuses on changing a person’s relationship with her thoughts. ACT uses mindfulness practices to help people become aware of and develop an attitude of acceptance and compassion toward painful thoughts and feelings. Additionally, ACT heavily emphasizes the role of values to help people create meaningful lives. Put simply, ACT is about letting go of the struggle with difficult thoughts and feelings in order to pursue a rich and purposeful life guided by your  values.


2.  Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP)

The focus of FAP is the therapist-client relationship, specifically, the use of this relationship to create deep and meaningful changes in how the person relates to self and others. According to FAP, the events that occur in the therapy are powerful opportunities for learning new ways of being with yourself and with others. Through the creation of a close and ethical therapist-client relationship, the client has the chance to receive compassionate feedback on his impact on people, as well as try new, more helpful ways of being in close relationships.


3.  Behavioral Activation for Depression (BA)

BA is designed to treat depression. BA focuses on the depressed person’s behaviors that keep her stuck in depression. The therapist helps the client examine her triggers for depression-related behaviors, as well as the effects of depressive behavior on her mood and her pursuit of important activities (e.g., attending work). Acting as a coach, the therapist encourages the client to engage in behaviors that disrupt the cycle of depression. Clients who participate in BA learn how to examine the interactions among their behaviors and moods, how to stop the cycle of depression, and how to prevent future depressive episodes.


4.  Mindfulness-Based Therapies

Mindfulness-based therapies share the common goal of helping people develop purposeful and non-judgmental awareness of the present moment in order to pursue a better life. A variety of techniques are used to help people cultivate an attitude of acceptance and compassion toward their experiences and themselves. Through mindfulness, people experience new opportunities to choose different ways of acting and being in the world.


5.  Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

PE is specifically designed to treat the symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Early in therapy, the client creates a list of situations that are safe, but typically avoided because they cause anxiety. Together with the therapist, the client learns to approach each situation on the list, starting with the easiest ones, and stay in each situation for a specific amount of time. By staying in previously avoided situations, the client develops new skills for handling anxiety, learns how reevaluate their perceptions of danger, and increases their self-confidence. Additionally, PE includes processing the traumatic event by talking about it in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Because approaching avoided situations and reimagining traumatic events can be very difficult, therapists work in a compassionate and collaborative manner to help people achieve success with PE.


6.  Behavior Therapy

Behavior therapy helps a person understand how changing his or her behavior can lead to positive changes in his/her life. Often, the focus is on helping the person engage in positive or value-consistent behaviors. The therapist works with the client to examine the barriers to or difficulties in engaging in these types of behaviors. The therapist also teaches the client to analyze his own behavior, as well as the effects his behaviors on mood and other areas of life. This approach tends to be more time-limited and focused on a specific problem that the person is encountering.


If you’ve been looking for professional therapist in Portland Oregon, look no further!


At Portland Psychotherapy, we are committed to helping people overcome anxiety, depression, and other life problems so that they can live fuller and more meaningful lives.


Our approach is active and focused on our clients’ values and specific life situations. Rather than simply helping people to feel better, we help them live better.


We follow the newest developments in the field and even research new treatments, and strive to bring this knowledge to our work with clients well before other clinics.


Our practitioners offer treatment with several types of psychotherapy focusing on a wide array of problems. Our goal is to bring effectiveness and compassion to all our work.


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Our Colleagues Say it Best

"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.

"This clinic is run by leading experts in the field, using evidence based methods that have been shown to work. If you are facing complex or long-standing problems then this is definitely the place to go. You will receive treatment from experienced, compassionate, well trained therapists who will deliver a high level of care. I have known and worked with Jason Luoma for over 6 years and can tell you that he is very committed to helping people develop lives that are fulfilling and satisfying."

- M.W.

"Portland Psychotherapy is special. I have the utmost confidence in each of the clinicians here. They are compassionate, genuine, and have formed a model clinic in the scientist-practioner tradition. They are committed to effectively implementing research-supported treatments and also work to advance the science in our field through psychotherapy research. The clinic enjoys an outstanding reputation among other mental health professionals as a top-notch evidence-based practice. This is a place I would refer a family member or close friend."

- B.G.

"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."