Cathy Walker, LPC

Cathy Walker, LPC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

Feeling stuck? I provide a safe space to talk, be heard, and explore what's been going on and the possibilities to make things better.

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

503-970-4332

423 NE 60th Ave

Portland, 97213

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $50-$100

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2011

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual
  • Relationship
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Ideal Client

So much of life can be challenging - relationships, personal growth, health, work, loss, loneliness and just the general state of our world, among many factors, can cause stress, hopelessness, and helplessness which can lead to depression and/or anxiety. I specifically work with clients who have experienced the suicide loss of a loved one.

My Approach to Helping

Therapy is collaborative. Everyone has their strengths, although, at times, it is difficult to recognize them. I use an eclectic approach based on who the client is and what they bring into the session. I draw from person-centered, Gestalt, cognitive behavioral therapy, Gottman Couples Therapy, and mindfulness approaches.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I am a licensed professional counselor and a nationally certified counselor. I started my professional life in a technical field and found myself becoming more and more interested in the people with whom I worked, and, so, I decided to pursue a master's degree in counseling from Portland State University. I have a background in crisis work, suicide bereavement support, and working in elementary schools in addition to my private practice.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Couples Counseling External link

    Couples can have difficulties around many subjects: communication, money, children, jobs, adultery. Couples counseling provides a way to learn new skills to address these and other issues.

  • Mindfulness-based External link

    So many of us have busy minds that interferes with living our lives the best we can. By using mindfulness techniques, we can become aware of what is happening in the moment and learn to stay out of the past and project into the future. This helps tremendously with depression, anxiety, and relationships.

  • Eclectic External link

    I don't believe that there is a 'one size fits all' theory of counseling that works for all issues. I believe that being person-centered is essential to every therapeutic relationship and provides the basis for change to occur. Sometimes, a CBT technique could help, sometimes an an attachment based intervention might work - I attempt to sit with clients and work with what seems best for them.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Personal Growth External link

    Sometimes, we just feel stuck. What if we 'checked all the boxes' and still don't feel happy or fulfilled? What if we didn't. There are various life events - birthdays, marriages, birth of a child, layoffs, death of a parent, divorce - that can make us pause and reflect, 'What now?' Therapy can help us discover our answers.

  • Relationship / Marriage Issues External link

    Relationships are tough and rewarding. There are ups and downs that we might never have expected when we fell in love and decided to become a couple. I have training in marriage and family therapy and have completed level 1 and level 2 Gottman Marriage Counseling training.

  • Loss or Grief External link

    As a suicide loss survivor and a past outreach volunteer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, I have worked with many people who have experienced the devastating loss of a death by suicide, in addition, to those losses from divorce, illness, job loss and aging.

  • Anxiety External link

    Anxiety is a normal part of life - until it becomes so overwhelming that it shuts us down. I use cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical therapy and mindfulness techniques which have been shown to effectively lessen or eliminate extreme anxiety symptoms.

  • Depression External link

    Depression can affect us by feeling we're in a 'funk' all the way to feeling like we are moving through a fog carrying a heavy black weight. We can feel powerless to change it. I use a variety of techniques such as assessing whole life balance, cognitive behavior therapy, and Gestalt therapy to empower clients to get out of the fog.

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