Cayla Panitz

Cayla Panitz (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor


Individual and family counseling for adolescents and adults in Portland, OR. I am currently conducting all sessions via tele-health.

Client Status

not accepting clients



631 NE 102nd Ave

Suite 350


At a Glance


Rate: $175

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2012

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Family

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • Aetna
  • Kaiser
  • MODA

My Ideal Client

I work with people looking to heal their relationship to food and their body; those with eating disorders; people struggling with anxiety and depression, those coping with grief and loss, those who are navigating identity challenges and people healing from personal, systemic and interpersonal trauma.

My Approach to Helping

I collaborate with people to help them live a more authentic, connected life. I approach counseling with a deep empathy and belief in the power of your strengths and encourage insight, empowerment and self-compassion. I rely on the creation of a strong therapeutic relationship and targeted interventions to do so. I also aim to point out the ways that our experiences are shaped by the systems we live within and are impacted by. My counseling style is sincere, collaborative, validating and often filled with nerdy metaphors, a good laugh and pet stories.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I’ve got PNW roots. I find happiness at Portland Thorns games, playing with the dog, getting outside and reading Samantha Irby books. I work within a relational, feminist, anti-oppression framework. I adhere to the Health At Every Size® paradigm and work to dismantle weight stigma and fat phobia. I am queer affirming and make every effort to create an anti-racist, inclusive environment for people of all walks of life including, but not limited to: body size/shape, gender, race, country of origin, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion and disability status. I am continually learning and growing in my own anti-oppression work. I received my Masters of Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College. My experience involves individual, group and family work in a variety of settings and programs. In addition, I have specialized training in the treatment of eating disorders & the application of Intuitive Eating, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Emotion Focused Family Therapy.

Techniques I Use


  • Emotionally Focused External link

    I utilize Emotion Focused Family Therapy to support caregivers who are facilitating mental health recovery of their loved ones.

  • Relational  External link

    As humans, we need and exist in relationships; to others, to the environment, to ourselves. I believe that one of the most important aspects of my work with clients is developing a strong relationship based around safety and expression and use these experiences in therapy to help people understand the ways in which they relate to other aspects of their lives.

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) External link

    I use ACT to inform my work with people across various areas of concern. I help people apply the principles of connecting with their current experiences, identifying the ways in which the relationships to our emotions and thoughts impact our lives and disconnect us from our values. I then help people change the relationships they have with their emotions and thoughts and move towards their values.

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