Chris Scheiff

Chris Scheiff (he/him/his)

Professional Counselor Associate

LPC Intern, NCC, CRC

Supervisor: Joel Lane, PhD, LPC, NCC

Life can leave us feeling hurt and defeated. Even with our best efforts, we sometimes need help to feel better. Fortunately, counseling can offer relief by accessing powerful inner strengths, improving attitudes, and retaining balance, so that you can live and feel your best possible self.

Client Status

waitlist

Contact

971-239-4087

4900 SW Griffith Dr, Ste 273

Beaverton, 97005

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $50-$80

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2019

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket

People commonly experience mental health issues that make them feel off, inadequate, or incapable of managing life. Counseling aims to increase one’s functioning. It is about progress not perfection: being able to function to the best of one’s personal capacities in mind, body, and spirit. I believe that people are resilient and capable of managing difficulties if they have the necessary resources—resources that can be invoked or learned through therapy. Because each person is unique and outcomes are achieved by various methods an individually tailored approach to therapy/amassing resources is required. I incorporate tenets of compassion focused therapy, ACT, and reality therapy in my practice. Together, we will work to explore values, define personal meaning, channel creative energy, develop and implement skills, and exercise self-compassion while honoring your specific experience, and in so doing, advance your sense of well-being and life satisfaction.

I am a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a registered counselor intern in Oregon. I hold a Master of Science in Counseling from Portland State University. My professional experience includes working with people who have physical/psychiatric disabilities, formerly incarcerated people, and people in immediate mental health crisis. I believe in creative energy and the concept of life as art. This inspired my undergraduate studies in painting and, along with a calling to help ease people’s suffering, eventually led me to work with people experiencing mental health issues. I also believe that counseling can benefit practically every person, as we all struggle at times. I, for one, note that counseling has made a considerable difference in my life around issues of addiction and self-worth. Beyond providing support for individuals, my work involves refuting commonly held misconceptions of pathology and promoting social justice for people with oppressed/marginalized identities.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) External link

    ACT is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that works by changing how people relate to their thoughts, in turn affecting feelings and behaviors. Goals include advancing emotional flexibility and minimizing negative associations. ACT also has a strong mindfulness component that promotes tolerance of the present moment versus avoidance/perseveration, setting the stage for transformative growth.

  • Existential External link

    The existential approach to therapy acknowledges the realities of existence while at the same time helping people feel more present, autonomous, and secure in their situation. Goals include better managing anxiety and establishing/maintaining meaning in one's life. These are accomplished through reflecting on difficult subjects, clarifying values, and enacting choice.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Spirituality External link

    Discovering what spirituality means personally often feels awkward, daunting, or conflicting, especially in people having experienced invalidation and judgement for their beliefs or inherent qualities. I respect each person’s authentic self, and strive to be an objective, encouraging companion in the exploration process while you learn or come to accept the role of spirituality in your life.

  • Men's Issues External link

    Traditional, fixed ideologies of manhood & masculinity are embedded in our makeup from birth and give rise to issues that impact relationships, self-concept, & life satisfaction. In treating such issues, I aim to help men gain awareness/insight into their problems & achieve broader, more fulfilling life experience by utilizing mindful self-compassion, reality therapy, & nonviolent communication.

  • Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Dependence External link

    Substance use disorders are often difficult to treat due to their complex and recurring nature, commonly held misperceptions, and evolving data. My approach works on addressing the unmet need driving one’s behavior through reality testing, existential exploration, and self-compassion. It aims to destigmatize these conditions and impart practical tools that foster personal growth.

  • Anxiety External link

    Anxiety serves as a protective factor that warns of possible danger. However, when experienced excessively, anxiety is frequently devastating/debilitating. Fortunately, several effective modalities can provide relief. My therapeutic approach aims to help people gain mind-body awareness, employ coping skills, and bolster their self-concept by utilizing ACT, CBT, and compassion focused therapy.

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