Erin Durst, LCSW

Erin Durst, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

When things seem to be off track or you feel stuck, working with a therapist can help you and your family find your way back to not just surviving, but thriving! Life feels great when it's lived in a manner consistent with our values.

Client Status

accepting clients



At a Glance


Rate: $50-$150

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2010

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Family
  • Child
  • Teen
  • Group

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • Health Net
  • MHN
  • Optum
  • PacificSource
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The most important predictor of success in therapy is a positive relationship between the therapist and client! I place emphasis on ensuring that you will feel comfortable during our sessions. You can expect that I will take you seriously, but incorporate gentle humor when appropriate. I am trained in approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) which have been developed and proven to be effective by years of research.

I went into social work because I’m passionate about helping the people I work with change their lives by realizing their own strengths! As a therapist, I believe that although each one of us faces unique challenges, everyone can benefit from self-work in therapeutic settings. I hold a Masters degree in Social Work from Portland State University. Prior to opening a private practice, I completed internships with Kaiser Permanente and Washington County, and spent four years working as a child and family therapist in community mental health. I am licensed by the State of Oregon as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a designation given to social workers in clinical practice who have had over 3500 of work, have spent 2000 hours providing clinical services, and have demonstrated knowledge of clinical practices on a certifying exam.

Techniques I Use


  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) External link

    I have training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and can help you live a life consistent with your values. We do this by establishing a vision of what you want your life to look like, identifying barriers to that life, and taking slow, comfortable steps to overcome those barriers.

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) External link

    I have formal training in DBT and have used it extensively in individual and family therapy. I have also facilitated many DBT skills groups for all ages. I integrate DBT skills training with individual therapy and use tools including workbooks and even apps to help clients fully benefit from this groundbreaking, effective approach.

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) External link

    I have extensive formal training in using CBT to treat adults, children and families. I use this approach to therapy with clients who benefit from it in treating anxiety, depression, anger, and more.

Issues I Treat


  • Family Conflict External link

    Much of my career has been devoted to effective family therapy. Key to this process is conducting family sessions which balance activities designed to make everyone comfortable with solid therapeutic work and problem-solving. We will also work together to discuss combinations of individual and family sessions to make sure our work is accepted and secure for all members of the family.

  • Child or Adolescent Issues External link

    Children and teens require a unique approach to therapy--not just an adaptation of adult techniques. I have extensive experience working with clients aged 5 - 25 who are experiencing many different concerns, ranging from behavioral issues to trauma & beyond. My ability to achieve rapport with kids who may be initially uncomfortable with the idea of counseling is something I pride myself on.

  • Self-Harming External link

    Self-harming can be scary and confusing, both for the person who is engaging with it and their loved ones. I have been trained to use CBT and DBT, the gold standard of treatment techniques used to help get this behavior under control.

  • Anxiety External link

    My years of experience working with clients who struggle with anxiety has taught me that the best approach is evidence- and research-based practices which can both reduce the experience of anxiety as well as teach clients skills to achieve their objectives despite it.

  • Depression External link

    I treat depression using a combination of cognitive behavioral, dialectical, and values-based approaches. What this means is that we will look for ways to change thinking patterns and behaviors which may contribute to depression, as well as clarify values which can allow you to feel that you are living your life to its full potential.

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