I get questions about counseling in my in box sometimes.
Here are some local christian counseling recommendations and resources
First of all, I recommend my friends at A New Day Counseling Center which is on the campus of Western Seminary. We have a team of counselors and psychologists that work with a variety concerns and also accept different yes if insurance.
We also have student interns that receive excellent supervision and can see folks for $10 a session. And we also recently added a nurse practitioner who can prescribe and do med management.
Here’s a few counselors and counseling clinics I recommend.
Feel free to recommend others below. Apologies to anyone I’ve left off.
In SE Portland, Kelly and Alan at Sunnyside Counseling especially for porn and sexual addiction.
In town, Nate Bagley and Bridge City Counseling
In Sandy/Gresham Dave and Hollis at River Ridge Counseling
And Justin at Anchor Counseling
On the west side, Aaron at Discover Counseling
In Vancouver, Charis Counseling
In Battleground, Parkway Counseling.
When looking for a counselor, I recommend reading the info and bios at the counseling center’s website for the areas they specialize in, their experience, their description of their approach to counseling and see if it resonates with you. You can also call their office usually yo ask questions to help you decide.
Some folks ask me if there are counselors I recommend at Kaiser. Since I don’t work in the mental health department there I recommend folks with KP insurance make an intake appointment and ask to be assigned to a Christian counselor. Sometimes, KP members are able to get an external referral to clinics outside the KP offices. I think clinics like Western Psychological Services may take these referrals and you might be able to find a Christian provider there.
Briefly, I’ll say here, if you are a Christian you don’t always have to have a Christian counselor to benefit from counseling. I’ll probably blog more about why that’s true here. If you’ve found that to be true for you, I invite you to comment about your experience in the comments.
I often recommend support groups, they can be extremely helpful in recovery, healing and making difficult changes.
Divorce Care has a website with good information and several support groups locally and nationally. It is also helpful for couples and families that are going through a separation.
Celebrate Recovery also has several groups that meet at churches in the area. It is helpful for a variety of issues.
Refuge at Imago Dei Community in Portland meets on Mon evenings. Their website also has a list of Christian counselors.
Pure Life Alliance has groups for men and women struggling with porn and sexual addiction. They also offer groups for spouses and significant others that have been hurt by their partners struggle.
Here’s a website I recommend frequently as well
Cloudtownsend.com – I recommend their books on Boundaries all the time, their video advice channels cover many topics related to relationships, emotional health, etc. They also have Q&A replies to many questions related to mental health. I really appreciate their perspectives on integrating faith and psychology.