Holly Morseman, LPC, NCC

Holly Morseman, LPC, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor

I'm a professional counselor that practices in SW Portland. I have a special interest in working with survivors of sexual abuse and rape. I also work with clients on relationship issues, general anxiety, social anxiety, and depression. I enjoy working with clients from diverse backgrounds.

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

503-902-5057

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $60-$100

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2014

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual
  • Relationship
  • Family
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

I take a holistic, collaborative, and eclectic approach to counseling. I collect the most useful tools from numerous counseling approaches to implement in the treatment of my clients. I like to get to know each of my client's individual strengths and limitations, to tailor a treatment plan to each of their unique needs and goals. When you struggle with mental health issues it can sometimes feel as if nobody understands you or what you're going through. Others might not understand why you have mood swings, can't relax, seem exhausted, irritated, unmotivated, or cry often. You might not know yourself why you are struggling. Counseling can help you uncover and work through the things in your life that are holding you back from thriving. Open Monday through Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (last appointment starts at 6 p.m.). To help make counseling less cost-prohibitive, a sliding scale is available to all clients. HSA accepted.

As a trauma survivor myself, I have a particular passion for working with victims of abuse (e.g., sexual, emotional, physical, etc.), rape, sexual assault, and interpersonal violence. I have found that there are many unspoken struggles trauma survivors experience that you cannot learn from any amount of education. Sometimes you just need the non-judgmental guidance of someone who has walked in similar shoes. There's something undeniably healing about having someone really see you for who you are, not just the mask you wear. Other treatment issues I have a special interest in are relationships, anxiety, depression, grief and bereavement, attachment, stressful life transitions (e.g., empty nest, career switch, midlife crisis, first-time parenthood, high school to college, moving to a new city, etc.), self-esteem, shame and humiliation, anxiety, addiction, and women's and men's issues.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Attachment Theory External link

    Attachment theory is really useful in helping clients understand why they struggle in relationships, how their past is involved, and what they can do about it. If you find yourself pushing your partners away, clinging to them, avoiding letting people in, or feel like you're being abandoned every time your partner leaves, you may gain some insight by knowing what your attachment style is.

  • Eclectic External link

    I draw principles and strategies from numerous types of counseling including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based, holistic, humanistic, motivational, coaching, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), existential, the Gottman method, narrative, and psychoanalytic. Because people are so diverse, different strategies work for different people, and it's helpful to have options.

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) External link

    CBT is for those clients who want practical solutions for their struggles. Issues that are well suited to CBT include anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, negative thinking patterns, low motivation, body image issues, unhealthy coping mechanisms, addiction, among others. CBT is all about changing clients' unhelpful thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, and emotions.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Abuse External link

    As a survivor myself, I have done extensive work and research around all types of abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, etc.). Many clients who have experienced abuse struggle with relationships, mood swings, boundaries, trust and vulnerability, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and a lot more. Sometimes it's nice to work with someone who understands your struggles on a personal and professional level.

  • Women's Issues External link

    Since beginning my career as a counselor, I have worked extensively with women of all walks of life, on a variety issues, including abuse (i.e., physical, sexual, emotional, etc.), rape, sexual assault, body issues, attachment, codependency, relationships, self-esteem, career counseling, empowerment, sexual issues, anxiety, depression, grief, loss, assertiveness, motivation, addiction, and more.

  • LGBTQ Issues External link

    As an affirming counselor, I have worked with many clients within the LGBTQI+ community on issues such as gender identity and dysphoria, discrimination and harassment, sexuality, low self-esteem, transitioning, unhealthy coping mechanisms, family issues, relationship dynamics (poly- and non-monogamous couples welcome), depression, anxiety, addiction, empowerment, career issues, etc.

  • PTSD External link

    PTSD is one of the most common disorders I work with, whether it be caused by childhood sexual abuse, or a horrific accident, etc. I have worked with many clients with PTSD who struggle to cope with flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, mood swings, depression, self-loathing, distorted beliefs, triggers, anxiety, trust issues, unhelpful coping mechanisms, dissociation, impulsivity, insomnia, etc.

  • Anxiety External link

    I have worked with many different forms of anxiety such as phobias, social anxiety, health anxiety, generalized anxiety, performance anxiety, school/workplace anxiety, etc. Treating anxiety involves identifying feared situations, assessing and reframing unhelpful thinking patterns and beliefs, and slowly and carefully desensitizing you to your feared situations so they no longer control you.

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