Gillian Sleeman

Gillian Sleeman

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

We have all certainly experienced anxiety at some point in our lives, but if it is persistent and if it begins to interfere with your day to day life, you may have an anxiety disorder. My specialty is the treatment of anxiety disorders and OCD, and I look forward to working with you to find relief.

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

503.710.4613

2130 SW Jefferson St, Suite 300

Portland, OR 97201

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $160

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2010

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • Kaiser

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and a the more specialized approach of Exposure and Response Prevention have been shown repeatedly to be the most effective treatment interventions for anxiety and related disorders, including OCD. While this is the primary therapeutic orientation used in my practice, I also believe that the relationship between therapist and client is very important in determining therapeutic outcomes. I consider my approach to be open and collaborative and we will work together to identify both long term and shorter term (week to week) goals to help you track your progress and feel that you are making important and lasting changes to your mental health.

I graduated from Lewis and Clark College with a degree in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy. My experience prior to private practice included work in outpatient and residential mental health settings, working with children and adults on issues ranging from addiction to depression to childhood behavioral challenges. I have spent the last 3 years obtaining specialized training in the areas of anxiety and OCD and the use of CBT and ERP as treatment modalities, including completing certification at the Behavioral Therapy Training Institute. I am passionate about this specialty and the power of treatment and consider it a privilege to work along side my clients as they learn about these tools and use them to improve their quality of life.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Emotionally Focused External link

    Emotions hold an incredible power over our lives and relationships and this can be destructive or productive. I utilize Emotionally Focused therapeutic approaches in order to help individuals and couples experience emotions as positive and motivating. Therapy is an important place to better understand and manage our emotions.

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) External link

    CBT views our behavior as fundamentally influenced by our thoughts and emotions. CBT allows us to better understand these maladaptive or 'dysfunctional' thoughts and replace them with those that have a more positive influence over our behaviors. While we certainly cannot control everything and everyone around us, our thoughts and feelings are aspects of our lives that we can gain control over.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Child or Adolescent Issues External link

    Prior to beginning private practice, I worked as a Child and Family Therapist in an intensive outpatient setting for Trillium Family Services which is Oregon's largest provider of mental and behavioral healthcare for children and families.

  • Anxiety External link

    My private practice has focused on helping adults find the tools and the strength to manage the often overwhelming stress and anxiety that comes from the busy and demanding lives that we lead as well as anxiety that may be the result of loss, life transitions or stressful relationships.

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