Chris Scheiff

Chris Scheiff (he/him/his)

Professional Counselor Associate

Professional Counselor Associate, NCC, CRC

Supervisor: Joel Lane, PhD, LPC, NCC

I work with people on processing pain, optimizing personal resources, and living authentically.

Client Status

waitlist

Contact

971-239-4087

4900 SW Griffith Dr, Ste 273

Beaverton, 97005

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $50-$100

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2019

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket

My Ideal Client

I specialize in working with people who experience anxiety, depression, life transitions, aging, grief, men’s issues, substance use disorders (in an outpatient setting), disabilities, and trauma (utilizing primarily EMDR therapy). Counseling goals often include: accessing/managing powerful emotions, utilizing coping strategies that result in fewer negative consequences, forging/maintaining meaningful connections with other people, and promoting self-compassion and authenticity.

My Approach to Helping

I believe that people possess a natural tendency toward optimal well-being. This tenet greatly informs my approach to counseling, which at its core is person-centered, collaborative, pragmatic, and flexible. I work closely with clients to ensure that the counseling experience is palatable, honoring client preferences, pace, and direction, while simultaneously challenging individuals when and where appropriate. Ultimately, I try to be a supportive presence, allowing the client to venture where needed. In terms of theoretical orientation, I utilize multiple evidence-based, compassion-focused, trauma-informed approaches that include cognitive, experiential, and psychodynamic based modalities tailored to meet the needs of the client. Some of these modalities include cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and EMDR therapy. I also incorporate elements of philosophy, spirituality, and art into the work, when clients find them resonant.

Why I Became a Therapist

I entered the mental health field after a long period of career apathy and heightened desire to do meaningful work. I realized that I wanted to help people facilitate lasting, transformative change in their lives, similar to what counseling did for me. There is nothing particularly unusual about my story. It involves struggling with issues of anxiety, developmental trauma, substance abuse, and identity. Because of, or possibly despite, these struggles it took me a great while to realize my value of contribution—a common occurrence for many people. I am grateful and fortunate to be in the position that I am in now, of being able to assist others on their journey. Opening oneself to the possibility of change can be frightening, as I understand from experience. By taking time to research counselors, you are demonstrating a willingness to invest in yourself and engage in the process. Congratulations on this first step. I look forward to speaking with you, should you decide to contact me.

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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