Heidi Savell

Heidi Savell (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker


I bring a warm, collaborative approach to help you get unstuck, ease anxiety, change old habits, or adjust to changing life circumstances.

Client Status

not accepting clients



1016 SE 12th Ave

Portland, OR 97214

At a Glance


Rate: $135-$160

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2009

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Family
  • Relationship

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • Aetna
  • MODA
  • PacificSource

My Ideal Client

I work best with those who are ready to engage in the process of making changes. Most of the people I work with are looking to develop deeper self awareness, ease anxiety, shift long held beliefs, or let go of habits that have become harmful.

My Background and Approach

I will work with you at your pace to help you identify the goals most important to you, while also supporting you in letting go of whatever may be getting in your way. I find it can be most effective to focus on your areas of strength as well as areas where you are experiencing problems, as I believe your already existing strengths and skills can be used to help you bring your life more in line with how you would like it to be. My training and skills include a blend of attachment theory, compassion-focused therapy, non-violent communication, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

More About the People I Treat

I provide counseling to those who: *Want to find better ways to cope with stress and anxiety *Are in a relationship that needs support around communication, connecting, and managing conflict *Are dealing with low self-worth, perfectionism, or self-criticism *Are experiencing challenges with personal or professional relationships *Have experienced a life change and want to clarify how to handle it *Want to improve relationships with family members or other loved ones *Are wanting to re-examine or stop use of alcohol or drugs *Identify as polyamorous and are wanting competent care *Are family members who want support around a loved one whose drinking or drug use causes concern (using CRAFT and ITC models)

Techniques I Use


  • Addiction Therapy External link

    I have 5 years experience working at a local Drug and Alcohol treatment center, where I have supported individuals in successfully quitting drugs and alcohol, as well as helped them to maintain that change over time through development of recovery skills, creation of a relapse prevention plan, and regular access to a supportive group of peers.

Issues I Treat


  • Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Dependence External link

    I have worked for over a decade with people who are looking to change or re-examine their relationship to alcohol and other substances. I use many different approaches to this work, and believe that one size does not fit all. I will meet you where you are and we can work together from there.

  • Anxiety External link

    Anxiety can be overwhelming and impacts all areas of a person's life. I will work with you at your pace to help you identify and reconnect with the things most important to you, while also supporting you in letting go of whatever may be getting in the way of experiencing more ease.

  • Polyamorous and Open Relationships External link

    Finding competent care when in a consensually non-monogamous relationship can be a challenge. I provide therapy that honors the complexity, nuance, joys and challenges of navigating life and relationships within a non-monogamous context.

  • Relationship / Marriage Issues External link

    I have training in the Gottman Method as well as Emotionally Focused Therapy, and I bring a blend of these two models to the work I do. I can help you improve communication, ease conflict, and deepen your understanding and compassion for yourself as well as your partner(s).

  • Family Conflict External link

    I have experience working with many different types of families, including blended families, LGBTQ families, siblings, and parents with adult children. Divorce, substance use, mental health challenges or major life changes can impact the whole family, and I have found that coming together to address feelings and work on communication can improve relationship satisfaction, as well as give family members a sense of empowerment

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