Andrew Elmore, MSW,CSWA

Andrew Elmore, MSW,CSWA

Licensed Professional Counselor

We often find ourselves stuck in destructive patterns. We will work together to build new, fulfilling pathways forward.

Client Status

accepting clients



905 NW 20th AVE

Portland, OR 97209

2705 E. Burnside St.

Portland, Oregon 97214

At a Glance


Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2005

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Family
  • Relationship
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket

My Approach to Helping

We begin our lives in relationships. We grow organically with whom we are connected-our parents, guardians, teachers, siblings, friends... From these intricate relationships we cultivate self-acceptance, effective communication, healthy coping skills, and trust. In many of our lives these areas have been neglected or damaged. As your therapist, we will create treatment goals that build upon your strengths. Whether you are depressed, anxious, lonely or have reoccurring conflict with partners, family or friends- we will find what works while using our time to implement strategies to change what does not.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I hold a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago. This innovative clinical program provided opportunities to explore the evolving concepts of effective therapeutic interventions. My training and 20 years of practice experience affords me the ability to design an approach that incorporates your specific needs. I have had the privilege of working with a varied client base of individuals, couples and families; I am an affirming clinician that supports all gender identities and orientations. I am a registered clinician with the Oregon Board of Licensed Clinical Social Workers and for your convenience, have close-in Eastside and Westside locations.

Techniques I Use


  • Collaborative Couple Therapy External link

    Fighting and withdrawing are inevitable in a relationship. However, partners can learn tools to work through the damage they create; turning opposition into opportunities. In couples therapy, I reframe conflict for partners, transforming fighting or withdrawing into productive conversations. These conversations help to illuminate a healthy direction for the partnership.

  • Interpersonal External link

    I create a safe space for self-exploration by integrating humor with close attention to building rapport. While maintaining a warm, curious, and non-judgmental stance, I help you look deeply at your internalized narrative, creating opportunities to build a stronger, more positive self.

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) External link

    Primarily my cognitive-behavioral interventions, include exposure with response prevention, cognitive restructuring, relaxation training, social skills training, and stress management. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the most widely researched and evidence-based form of goal oriented therapy; CBT is significantly helpful for depression, anxiety, ocd and acute stress.

Issues I Treat


  • Drug Dependence / Abuse / Addiction External link

    A significant area of my work includes many years of working in the field of substance abuse and the therapeutic services needed to support an alternative method of coping. I am drawn to work with those who are suffering with substance addiction and the effect it has on the relationships around them.

  • Child or Adolescent Issues External link

    An adolescent experiences and expresses their feelings differently than adults. I help my clients build tools for communication and expression to cope with a range of challenges: major life changes, parental divorce or death, struggles in school, relationship problems, low self-esteem, gender identity, peer pressure, or adjusting to a new school or home.

  • Relationship / Marriage Issues External link

    Couple's Therapy can be sought for a multitude of reasons and one member of the couple may be more in favor than the other to seek out professional help. This is not unusual. I work with couples who are dating, married, same-sex, separating, divorcing, co-parenting-I believe that relationships are 'co-created' by the influence of each partner on the other and on the couplehood of the relationship.

  • Anxiety External link

    Anxiety disorders are marked by excessive worries, fear and even dread. If you suffer with these fears and worries, I will help you to ground yourself so that you can gain a new perspective and distance from the immediacy of your present concerns. We’ll also work together to help you learn how to comfortably self-regulate and self-soothe when you are feeling distressed.

  • Depression External link

    I work with clients who feel they are not reaching their potential because of anxiety or depression. It is invaluable to understand how you have managed to, on some level, navigate your challenges up to this point. Through Cognitive / Exploratory methods I help facilitate an awareness and acceptance of your difficulties towards thoughtful, positive, mindful actions in the present.

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