Chad Ernest, MS, LPC

Chad Ernest, MS, LPC (He/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

My name is Chad Ernest and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, who believes in the best in you.

Client Status




10572 SE Washington St

Portland, OR 97216

At a Glance


Rate: $50-$140

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2011

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Family
  • Group
  • Child
  • Relationship
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Cascade Health
  • Cigna
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My Ideal Client

Whether you are an individual struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, emotional duress or other mental health issues; a parent challenged with the behaviors of your child; a partner in a relationship having communication issues or problems with connection and intimacy; a family having a hard time getting along and managing emotions in the same living space; I am here to help you through your journey in discovering the best ways to work through your struggles.

My Approach to Helping

I believe in a client/family centered approach with collaboration in treatment between the counselor and client/family. The goal of counseling overall is wellness and/or reconciliation with one’s self, family and the community. I am an integrationist in my counseling theory, which means that I believe in incorporating various theories into my practice to suit the needs of whom I am serving. My practice is based on the following theories and interventions within them: Various evidence based practices; the Family Checkup Model; Person-centered; Existential; Gestalt; Psychodynamic; Narrative; Strength Based; Cognitive Behavioral; Rational Emotive Behavioral; Reality; Feminist; Family Systems Therapy; and Collaborative Parenting. The approach utilized is based on your needs and facilitated with you or your family and your partner.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I have a BA in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison received in 2000. I have an MS in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University received in March 2011 and a Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University received in December 2010. I am a member of Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ) and American Counselors Association (ACA).

Techniques I Use


  • Couples Counseling External link

    I utilize Collaborative approaches to working with couples. I conduct in depth interviews to highlight what both partners feel is happening in their relationship and then find the best approach to assisting in working through these struggles. I do not promise that all relationships work out, however. It is up to each individual in the relationship to want to make that happen.

  • Motivational Interviewing External link

    Motivational interviewing is a great technique for helping with individuals and families who are struggling to make a change in their lives for the better. Finding where you are in the Stages of Change can help you identify where you want to be and how to get to a place where you can make long lasting and impactful beneficial changes in your life.

  • Family Systems External link

    I utilize a Family Systems approach in working with families. I take this a step further and help families to look at the environments around them as well as the supports in these environments. Working to help families see how their survival in a system impacts how they raise their children and how the choices they make can change the way they live for the better.

Issues I Treat


  • Coronavirus/COVID-19 External link

    We are offering in person, phone and video sessions.

  • Parenting External link

    Parenting children can be like being dropped in the middle of a forest with only the clothes on your back and having to find your way out and survive. We don't have all the answers to working with children and sometimes our own experiences with our parents was not the best example either. I am like the woods guide who helps you learn techniques to become better at what you already know.

  • Child or Adolescent Issues External link

    Whether you're child is struggling in school, has behavioral issues, been diagnosed with ADHD, a learning disorder, or is on the Autism Spectrum, I can help with learning more about how to manage behaviors and work with the children on understanding, coming to terms with, and overcoming their symptoms.

  • Self-Esteem External link

    Self-esteem is the cornerstone to many mental health issues. Depression and anxiety find both their roots in low self-esteem. Being able to feel confident and good about one's self can be challenging, but with my help we can rebuild a positive self-image.

  • Relationship / Marriage Issues External link

    I have a lifetime of experience, both personal and professional, with helping couples work through relationship issues. Struggling with communication, thinking about divorce/breaking up, or just fighting a lot? I can help.

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