Blake Locher

Blake Locher (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor


My passion and practice is to empower others to find relief from symptoms and to discover, accept, and grow their authentic selves.

Client Status

not accepting clients



1130 SW Morrison

Suite 328

Portland, 97205

At a Glance


Rate: $60-$130

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2012

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Background

I am a practiced therapist with experience in community counseling, victims' services, and intensive outpatient treatment. I am a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. I pursued this education because it provided special training in helping individuals with disabilities achieve their social, emotional and career goals. This also means that I have training in helping individuals adjust to their own internal and external barriers to change regardless of ability. Outside of providing individual counseling, I am an active member of the Master’s degree program at Portland State University, providing therapy, training and mentoring to students enrolled in the program. For more information on my background and services, visit my website:

My Approach to Helping

I practice pragmatic depth therapy. My approach combines the powerful change that comes from addressing our inner psychological world and more practical behavioral change that takes place outside ourselves – in our actions, our relationships and our workplace. After collaborating with you to increase your hope, resiliency, and self-awareness we can begin to untangle the beliefs and behaviors that restrict wellbeing and ownership of your life. Then, with this freedom, I work with you to create a life where who you really are is aligned with the choices you make out in the world. Together, we uncover the way to more satisfaction, joy, and meaning in your life. The make-up of my approach includes relational, psychodynamic, and cognitive behavioral theories. As we get to know each other, I tailor the right balance of these theories to best suit your needs.

Techniques I Use


  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) External link

    Using IFS, we partner to explore your inner world and get to know your parts of self. Though they are all pieces of the whole, there are parts that protect, parts that defend, parts that lead, and parts that get exiled away. Through this approach, powerful change happens. We can increase self-awareness, resolve inner conflict, heal pain, change destructive behavior and gain flexibility.

  • Existential External link

    We all want purpose. We all want meaning. But tackling questions such as "What does it mean to be alive?" or "What provides me meaningful joy?" is a difficult, lifelong venture. I use Existential Therapy to help you look at the choices you make, and calibrate authenticity as the compass bearing for navigating life. By helping you understand the ways you keep and break faith with yourself, you can chart a course for a more expansive, self-determined life.

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) External link

    The change principles of CBT exist throughout all approaches to counseling. The key is knowing when and how to focus on our beliefs, behaviors, and the way we treat our own feelings. Sometimes it’s most helpful to pay close attention to the bricks and mortar of our minds – through mindfulness, problem-solving, journaling, and other activities – to begin to change embedded patterns.

Issues I Treat


  • Men's Issues External link

    Living as a man in our society comes with unique limits and opportunities. We develop and strengthen parts of ourselves to survive struggle and meet expectations of masculinity. While these parts can be incredibly effective, they can also lead to frustration, relationship issues, and unhelpful coping strategies. Specializing in Men's Issues means creating a space that's to comfortably explore these issues, while becoming better at addressing feelings, meeting needs, and connecting with others.

  • Self-Esteem External link

    How do we feel like we are enough? It’s a simple idea that’s complex in the real world. I have experience helping clients navigate these murky waters to the source of low self-esteem and begin the healing process. Together we can discover, accept, and celebrate your authentic self while learning how to work with shame, self-criticism, and low confidence.

  • Adjustment Disorder External link

    Junctures in life can affect our mood, our beliefs, and even our core identity. Events like moving to a new town, a break up, the onset of a disability, or a change in job can spin us out. However, these events can also lead to growth and greater life satisfaction. Working towards this goal involves tolerating discomfort, building self-determination, and finding the meaning in our struggle.

  • Anxiety External link

    A feeling that is meant to protect us and keep us safe can take on a life of its own and become overwhelming. The energy spent on anxiety, nervousness, fear, and dread can come out in a variety of ways but is always exhausting and restricting. Together we can develop awareness of your symptoms and triggers and then develop coping strategies to help you reclaim ownership of your life.

  • Depression External link

    Depression is more than just feeling sad. Depression comes with hopelessness, entrenchment, and a lack of interest in the things that once brought joy. Building relief involves both findings ways to alleviate symptoms in order get a handhold back on life as well as addressing root causes, be they biological, psychological, behavioral, or systemic. Together we can do these things.

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