Janet Purcell, PH.D.

Janet Purcell, PH.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Whether you are facing current stressful events or more long-term life struggles, talking with a therapist may help you make the changes you hope for. If you would like to explore whether I would be a good fit for you, I invite you to read more about me.

Client Status

not accepting clients



1818 N.E. Irving Street

Portland, 97232

At a Glance


Rate: $150

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 1993

Languages: English


  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Aetna
  • LifeWise
  • MODA
  • PacificSource
  • Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield
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My treatment approach is eclectic and tailored to your needs. I will listen carefully and without judgment to understand your unique challenges, strengths and hopes. Healing and growth become possible through an accepting, trusting, collaborative relationship. We will use our understanding of your development, temperament, communication and relational style, and coping skills to understand the causes of your distress and what treatment works best for you. My work style ranges from insight oriented discussions to more structured activities, depending on your needs.

My mental health work has evolved over the years. My academic training includes the following: B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University, M.A. in Special Education from the University of Oregon, and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington. My Ph.D. program included specialized training in couples and family therapy. My work experience has included the following: Research Assistant in the Psychology Department at Stanford University, Day Treatment Program Child Case Manager and Family Therapist, Educational Mainstreaming specialist for a Child Day Treatment Program, Clinical Psychology Private Practice. Over the years my private practice work has been enhanced through specialized advanced training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Developmental/Attachment based Psychotherapy with adults as well as participation in ongoing professional consultation and reading groups.

Techniques I Use


  • Attachment Theory External link

    I have received significant training in Attachment Theory and Practice at what is now the Portland Psychoanalytic Center. My significant training and experience in Child Development informs this work.

  • Relational  External link

    My training/experience in Relational Therapy is complemented by my background with Attachment and Psychodynamic training. I specialize in working on emotional regulation, perspective taking and the development of mutuality in relating to others.

Issues I Treat


  • Women's Issues External link

    My long history of education and training in Child and Adult development has well prepared me to understand and address in therapy the many issues women face in dealing with themselves and the world around them. My significant training and experience in treating depression, anxiety and working with sexual abuse survivors adds to this work.

  • Divorce External link

    I have significant educational and training experiences in Attachment Theory and Psychodynamic Therapy. They have all included significant work with treating separation and divorce issues.

  • Anxiety External link

    I have significant training in Psychodynamic combined with some Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as they pertain to a range of anxiety disorders. More recently I have added educational experiences in Mindfulness and Sensorimotor work which I integrate into my work in treating Anxiety.

  • Depression External link

    I have significant training in Psychodynamic combined with some Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in treating depression. I have recently been adding educational experiences in Mindfulness based interventions in treating Depression.

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