Peter Gold

Professional Counselor

Simply put, people come to me for one of two reasons: (1) less pain & suffering (2) more pleasure & satisfaction. Causes range widely but symptoms are usually similar: anxiety, depression, anger, worry, fear and/or grief and loss. I use Jungian and Archetypal psychology, psychodynamic, & gestalt.


  • Individual Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Child Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Child Therapy

My Approach

My approach is threefold. First, I start with the assumption that you are, at your core, fundamentally okay. Obviously things could be better otherwise you would not be seeking support, but the essence of you is alive and intact and ready to help you move through whatever it is that is happening. Second, the past can hurt you. Often times the very thoughts and behaviors that got you through in the past work against you in the present. Updating the map to more closely resemble the current territory is crucial. Third, some things are beyond your conscious awareness. Ever see a friend blind to their own folly? We all are. Part of my job is to help you see how parts of you work against other parts of you and in the process wreak havoc. For all the theoretical orientation geeks out there: I use a combination of Jungian psychology, psychoanalytic/dynamic-primarily relation-based, cognitive-behavioral, gestalt and Five Element Archetypal Qigong—much more on that if you like.

My Background

I have worked as a therapist in a wide span of settings from community mental health to private practice. These include: the National University of Naturopathic Medicine student clinic, the YWCA community mental health clinic, William Temple House community mental health clinic, the Russell Street Counseling Center, and the HumanEx Academy. My first session as a therapist was in 2005 and I've been practicing ever since. I have a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with an Emphasis in Depth Psychotherapy, and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. My B.A. is in philosophy with a minor in sociology from Kenyon College. I have also been practicing qigong for nearly 20 years within the context of depth psychology.

Insurance Plans Accepted

  • Out of Network
  • LifeWise
  • PacificSource
  • Premera
  • Providence Health Plan


  • 503-806-9680
  • Website
  • 407 NE 12th Ave., Suite 207
    Portland, OR 97232

At a Glance

  • Experience: 13 Year(s) of Practice
  • Neighborhood: Kerns
  • Rate: $100-140/session
  • Free Initial Consultation

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