Emily Kittelson

Emily Kittelson

Licensed Professional Counselor


Let's work together to break and evolve the old patterns that no longer serve you.

Client Status

accepting clients



1110 SE Alder St.

Suite 300

Portland, OR 97214

At a Glance


Rate: $85-$120

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2015

Languages: English


  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • United Behavioral Health
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My Ideal Client

I work with individual adults who are looking to reduce their symptoms of anxiety, improve personal relationships, and feel more in control of their lives. I find that many people who come to see me feel like they've been recreating the same old patterns in their relationships to others and to themselves. I want to help you explore these patterns and identify where they are rooted so that you can start making new choices about how to respond to familiar emotions and thoughts.

My Approach to Helping

As a counselor my goal is to help you process your experiences and gain a deeper understanding of yourself and the world we live in. I believe that the stories we tell ourselves are deeply influenced by our past and our cultural experiences, and these stories continue to shape our experience of the world around us. I use an eclectic trauma-informed approach of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Narrative Therapy. My aim is to help increase flexibility of thought so that we can re-write your narrative, lessen your distress, and shift your emotional reactions. I am curious and supportive in my approach of gently challenging you to consider new perspectives to your familiar patterns. My aim is to help you find a new way of relating to your past so that you can feel empowered to make the best choices for yourself. Let's work together to form and strengthen new neural pathways through exploring your old patterns and creating new narratives.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

My career in mental health began working in residential foster care with children and adolescents. During my graduate internship I engaged youth and young adults in substance use and dual-diagnosis counseling. Since obtaining my degree I have worked in multiple mental health crisis settings with adults and children alike. I have a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Vermont and am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor in Oregon.

Techniques I Use


  • Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy External link

    Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy is proven to be effective for at least 75% of people suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I know how scary it can feel to repeatedly confront head-on the fears that are driving your distracting rituals, but science shows us that it's the best and quickest way to relief. I have completed intensive training on how to use Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy for OCD through the Cognitive Behavioral Institute.

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) External link

    I was first trained in how to use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to treat substance use and mental health disorders while in my graduate school internship. I consider Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to be the newest wave of CBT that provides a more holistic approach to wellbeing. I use a client-centered approach that uses cognitive techniques to help build flexibility of thought.

Issues I Treat


  • OCD External link

    I am trained in providing Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I have also worked with clients who have OCD using an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy approach. For some people a combination of these two techniques seems to be most helpful.

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