Christa Cummins

Christa Cummins (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor


Do you feel stuck, anxious or depressed? I support people through life changes & difficult relationships in a non-judgmental space.

Client Status

accepting clients



3519 NE 15th Ave #435

Portland, OR 97212

At a Glance


Rate: $70-$135

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2018

Languages: English


  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Ideal Client

Are you unsatisfied with your relationships or work? Are you looking for support with chosen or unchosen transitions? Are you having trouble making changes in your life? I help people explore their needs and values, and to feel empowered to set healthy boundaries with significant others, family members, managers and colleagues. I love helping others clarify their values and find direction, and I'm here to support you at a pace that feels right for you.

My Background and Approach

I took a nontraditional path to become a therapist; after over 20 years in corporate positions, I found myself more passionate about helping my colleagues work through challenges in their personal and work lives. I’d volunteered for trauma- and grief-focused agencies for years, so it felt natural to get an MA in Mental Health Counseling from Lewis & Clark's graduate school. My focus draws upon 3 approaches: Relational-cultural constructivism, which suggests that our challenges are influenced by our sociocultural environments, and that recognizing our authentic selves is important to create change; Attachment Theory, in which our experiences, relationships, and interpretations from the past might be reflected in how we relate to the world now; and Cognitive Behavioral Theory, which emphasizes using these understandings of our constructions and ourselves to practice new ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving.

More About the People I Treat

I help people get in touch with their authentic needs and values, and feel empowered to set healthy boundaries in relationships with significant others, family, and in the workplace. We may take a look at ways of coping that no longer serve you, and identify changes you want to try in your life. I’m here to help you practice change in a place where you feel heard and supported, and your intuition is valued without judgment. I especially love the opportunity to support people at transition points in their lives: career and workplace difficulties, life changes, and the anxiety, depression and 'stuckness' those can bring about. I am queer-affirming and welcome a diversity of clients.

Techniques I Use


  • Feminist External link

    Empowering women--and men--to understand their experiences to the extent that cultural influences have played a role is an element of my practice. We'll explore the ways in which your life might be changed by living in a way that is true to yourself by tapping your strengths.

  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy External link

    I help clients see how their strengths can be applied to make changes in their lives. We'll explore not only what has worked well in the past, but what may have worked well at one time but is no longer serving you, and work toward change.

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) External link

    We'll examine the way you view yourself, others, your relationships, and the conventions in our culture. By taking small, measured steps to new behaviors in a supportive environment, you can practice awareness and positive change in a safe space.

Issues I Treat


  • Anxiety External link

    Anxiety can be one of the clues we use to know we need to make adjustments in our lives. When you feel like anxiety is getting in the way of your goals and quality of life, I can help you understand the source of those feelings, find tools to work with anxious feelings, and to work with this emotion.

  • Women's Issues External link

    Women face unique barriers, often due to cultural expectations. Family, work, burnout, self-esteem, transitions from motherhood to empty-nesting, the choice to forego marriage or not to have children, challenges of retirement: these all look different for women, and we'll explore what they look like for you as the individual person you are, in the context of what you would like from your life.

  • Personal Growth External link

    My professional expertise in office settings and holistic view of workplaces as unique systems lends me a unique perspective. I combine my experience in the workforce with my approach to therapy to support you as an individual, focusing on the goals and challenges that keep you true to yourself.

  • Adjustment Disorder External link

    Life transitions and change, whether chosen or otherwise, can bring feelings of anxiety, depression, and feeling trapped. I'm here to support you as we explore potentially difficult choices and actions to find confident ways of being true to yourself.

  • Depression External link

    I support clients with depression by providing a safe place to bring your vulnerability, meeting you where you are and moving forward at the pace you need. I find that setting small, attainable goals that we work through nonjudgmentally helps many of my clients with depression. Throughout the process, I help you to feel understood and seen.

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