C.J. Sanders

C.J. Sanders (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Supervisor: Dr. Jill Corvelli

Let’s explore how you and your partner can grow together and develop greater intimacy, connection, and resiliency.

Client Status

accepting clients



At a Glance


Rate: $135

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2014

Languages: English


  • Relationship

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket

My Approach to Helping

During these uncertain times the vitality of our relationships are more important than ever. The added stress of isolation, anxieties, and fears of the unknown are only compounding the struggles in our relationships with our partners. You may be feeling the pressure on what you have been aware of as unresolved issues or you may just be struggling in the moment to adjust to a new reality. I have found that with some focused attention on their relationship couples can actually thrive during this time! Every struggle contains a kernel of hope and the possibility for renewed connection and intimacy. Together we can identify and address what needs to be strengthened and nurtured between the two of you and what blocks are keeping you from having the relationship you desire. Now is a great time to pause and shift some energy into improving your relationship.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Psychology I worked for many years in the field of sexual assault and domestic violence as a counselor and advocate. I then earned my master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles. I enjoyed three years of clinical training at Valley Community Healthcare (now Valley Community Counseling Center), a psychoanalytic psychotherapy clinic in N. Hollywood, CA. In 2021 I completed a year long training program in couples therapy at The Couples Institute in Menlo Park, CA. Having lived in many different places on each coast, I am thrilled to call Portland home and look forward to hearing from you so that we can collaborate together towards reaching your goals.

Techniques I Use


  • Couples Counseling External link

    Healthy couples are my passion! Couples work is a commitment to go deeper in your relationship and yourself. We will explore the ways you each connect and the barriers that you encounter when connection doesn't go well. It is often the differences couples have that create problems so we will tackle the issue of how to me a "me" in a "we". I'll throw in some of the latest research in neuroscience so that you will learn to calm and soothe and your relationship will have the space to flourish.

  • Psychodynamic  External link

    My education and training is in Psychodynamic theory and clinical practice. I get curious about your early relationships and patterns of relating insofar as it impacts and repeats with your current relationship. I am adept at identifying "triggers" from your past that are blocking connection and wreaking havoc in your communication. I help my couples become experts at learning each others internal world and all that they carry into the relationship which increases empathy and bonding.

  • Emotionally Focused External link

    I am an EFT-informed couples therapist. This means that I prioritize your emotional way of relating to one another. This helps us get to deeper issues beyond what is on the surface level. We will unlock stalemates, break negative communication cycles and improve bonding, communication and intimacy.

Issues I Treat


  • Relationship / Marriage Issues External link

    I am passionate about healthy relationships! I have the education, training, and experience to help you and your partner work toward a more satisfying relationship. Throughout the therapy experience, you and your partner can move from distance to bonding, isolation to intimacy, and confused communication to understanding.

  • Premarital Counseling External link

    Congratulations on your impending nuptials! One of the smartest things I ever did was get premarital counseling so I know first hand how impactful this process can be. You will get all the bases covered but with flexibility and creativity to account for your uniqueness and what matters most to you. This is your most important relationship—let’s work together to build a solid foundation and provide you with tools that will last a lifetime.

  • Codependency External link

    Have you lost yourself in your relationship? One of the most difficult struggles modern humans have in connecting is how to maintain their sense of “me” in a “we”. Most people’s instinct is to pull away from the relationship to find themselves again but we can do it in a way that promotes growth in each individual as well as the relationship.

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