Benita Munson

Benita Munson

Licensed Professional Counselor


Are you feeling stuck in your life or in your current relationship? I am here to help you unpack negative beliefs that are holding you back.

Client Status




811 NW 19th Ave #301

Portland, 97209

At a Glance


Rate: $100-$160

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2012

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Family
  • Group
  • Relationship

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • PacificSource
  • Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield

My Approach to Helping

I am skilled at helping people improve their relationships, and to build self compassion for themselves and others. I am experienced working with LGBTQ relationships, support around dating, parenting teen issues, chronic illness, and substance abuse disorders. In individual sessions, I use Internal Family Systems to identify the different parts of your internal self, and teach you how to use grounding techniques to soothe yourself when you are activated, and start listening to your inner voice that yearns for health. I have additional training in EFT Couples Therapy, which has allowed me to help couples and poly relationships create healthier, more satisfying relationships with themselves and others. I am humbled to be able to witness the ways in which people can overcome hardships and empower themselves. We will work collaboratively to identify areas in your life that are problematic, and work on necessary changes. For more information you can go to

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I grew up in Canada and have been working in a helping capacity since my early 20's. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology/Psychology and a Masters of Science in Counseling from Portland State University. In addition, I hold a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor certification , as well as a CRC (Certified Rehabilitation Counselor) designation. This CRC designation specifically supports people with chronic illness and disability to achieve their maximum potential. I previously taught at Portland State University in both their Masters in Counseling program as well as their Addictions Certificate program. I am passionate about my children, travel, animals, and equality for all people. I am committed to continuing to learn about social justice issues and promoting racial equality. I believe that Black Lives Matter.

Techniques I Use


  • Couples Counseling External link

    My private practice is currently comprised of 40% couples, 60% individuals. I am passionate about working with relationships as the relationship is in the room in front of me, and I can see parties making small changes that enhance their relationships immensely. I have specific training in EFT couples therapy, and weave in John Gottman's research and evidence based practices for each.

  • Motivational Interviewing External link

    Motivational Interviewing helps to address ambivalence in a person's quest to reduce substance use. There is a part of you that knows you need to cut down usage...yet you also need that substance as a security blanket or a coping strategy. Motivational interviewing helps us to address this.

  • Emotionally Focused External link

    I am trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples through Edwards Psychotherapy in Portland. In EFT I will teach you how to access your primary emotions (IE sadness, fear) that are underlying secondary defensive reactions (resentment, jealousy). Once a person can communicate their primary emotion to a partner, it helps to increase connection and attachment. We will also do enactments in session which heighten emotion and also build connection and attachment.

Issues I Treat


  • LGBTQ Issues External link

    I have worked with numerous LGBTQ clients with varying issues over the course of my career, and am extremely comfortable with appropriate language, and offering a climate of total support without judgement. All parts of you are welcome here. I have worked with many LGBTQ+ relationships in couples or poly relationships.

  • Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Dependence External link

    I have extensive experience working with alcohol abuse/dependence and drug addiction after working in an inpatient program for years. If you are struggling with either of these issues, I can help you recognize triggers, deal with relapse, and provide support for your recovery.

  • Relationship / Marriage Issues External link

    During our sessions we will review what is working and what is not working. We will identify your negative interaction cycle in the relationships, and take steps to break it down and improve it. I am trained in Emotional Focused Couples Therapy, through Edwards Psychotherapy. I also weave in Gottman strategies, as well as PACT to build support. EFT Couples Therapy is evidence based to be extremely effective.

  • Codependency External link

    Are you co-dependent in your relationship? I can help you to identify the warning signs of a one-sided, emotionally destructive and/or abusive relationship. Together we can rebuild your identity and self worth, weaving in self compassion and exploration of your family of origin.

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