Heather Lokteff

Heather Lokteff

Licensed Professional Counselor

Helping you take care of your mental health, personal growth, and relationships. I use a collaborative, skilled, & kind-hearted approach.

Client Status

accepting clients



14523 Westlake Dr

Suite 12

Lake Oswego, 97035

At a Glance


Rate: $145-$175

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2008

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Relationship
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • Aetna
  • ComPsych
  • First Choice Health
  • Lyra
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My Ideal Client

My clients are looking to move away from avoidant behaviors and more fully engage with their lives. They are juggling work stress, family dynamics, parenting, or major life transitions such as a new career or post-college life. Couples who are looking to reconnect, be proactive, and regain a sense of partnership. I’m humbled by my clients’ vulnerability and willingness to examine their lives and make changes that make sense for them. They're focusing on their mental health and self-care.

My Background and Approach

I finished my Masters in Counseling Psychology in 2006 and I have 14+ years experience providing therapy to a variety of clients. Prior to starting my own practice in 2011 I worked at various non-profit agencies providing in-home and intensive community-based treatment for children and families in crisis and/or DHS involvement. I helped create safety and stabilization in families and worked with children and teens providing intensive mental health services. I continue to carry my knowledge and experience with children into my work with teen and adult clients and feel it gives me a unique perspective on people’s pasts, family of origin, and struggles that started in childhood. I’ve expanded my practice to work with couples as well as continuing with teens and adults. I utilize evidence-based therapies including Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). ​ ​

My Values as a Therapist

​ I value a practical, collaborative and personalized approach to your therapy experience. I provide insight, encouragement, and a safe and non-judgmental space. I value honesty, humility, and self-compassion. I value my clients and their self-advocacy and resiliency. I value humor, engaging in life with a sense of adventure and gratitude, and being holistically healthy. ​I believe in identifying and building on personal strengths, and equipping you with practical life skills to get you to where you want to be. ​I believe in the transformative power of a safe, supportive, collaborative and confidential relationship that therapy provides. I value creating a compassionate, non-judgmental space to be heard and listened to. I value being a neutral support person and a knowledgeable sounding board. It’s important to have a therapist you feel safe with and encouraged by. This is how I aspire to operate in my practice.

Techniques I Use


  • Relational  External link

    Our therapeutic relationship is the most important predictor of success in therapy. My main focus is creating an environment where you feel heard, validated, and have a safe space to express your thoughts, emotions, and experiences. Together we can move towards having more connection, vulnerability and authenticity in your relationships.

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) External link

    Acceptance & Commitment Therapy aims to become more cognitively flexible, more engaged in the present, take committed action steps towards change, and become more connected to your personal values. It centers around finding ways to live more intentionally in the moment and act in ways that are more helpful to yourself.

  • Emotionally Focused External link

    Emotion Focused Therapy can be used for couples as well as individuals. EFT focuses on becoming more aware of emotions and learning to label, allow, experience, transform, and regulate emotions. For couples, EFT helps to create a more secure bond between partners and shifts interactions and dynamics in a more positive, affirming direction.

  • Attachment Theory External link

    Our early childhood relationships and experiences provide a blueprint for how we see ourselves, our relationships, and the world around us. Is this world safe? Am I alone or can I rely on others? Can I find trustworthy people? It can be extremely helpful to know what your attachment style has been in your life and also hold onto hope that you can move into a place of security with others.

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) External link

    In Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, we take a look at how your thoughts, emotions and behaviors interact and effect one another. It helps identify unhealthy ways of thinking and replace them with more beneficial thoughts that are in our own best interest. You’ll learn tools to practice outside of session in a practical, helpful way.

Issues I Treat


  • Personal Growth External link

    Focusing on your own personal growth can be an exciting, daunting, liberating, and insightful time. It’s some of my favorite kind of work and collaborate and partner with! It’s a time to develop insights, pause and reflect, be more intentional with your time, and focus on goals that maybe you’ve been putting off but are feeling that now is the time to make changes.

  • Relationship / Marriage Issues External link

    I work with couples who are wanting to increase their sense of vulnerability, partnership and security with one another. I also work with couples who are blending families and navigating being previously divorced. I use Emotion-Focused Therapy and the Gottman Method as well as my experience as a stepparent to inform my practice.

  • Adjustment Disorder External link

    Life is full of adjusting to changing circumstances. These are the adjustment issues I often run into in my practice: moving to a new city, a break-up or divorce, a career change, becoming a parent or empty-nester, graduating college, just to name a few!

  • Anxiety External link

    Most of us have some degree of anxiety, so you’re not alone! For some it can be debilitating or take control of your mind. I work with my clients on processing situations both past and present that create anxiety and identify skills to shift mindsets, be more relaxed, and be more connected to the present instead of feeling highjacked by anxiety.

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