Jeff Guenther, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

ALL NEW CLIENTS WILL BE PLACED ON A WAITLIST. I am a licensed professional counselor. I work with different types of clients on many different presenting problems. I am very comfortable performing individual therapy and couples counseling.


  • Individual Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Couples Therapy

My Approach

Many clients believe it is the therapist’s job to make them feel better. While feeling better may be the outcome of counseling, it is not always the case in every situation. The therapist’s main role is to help the client feel the emotion more clearly and to perhaps provide insight as to why it is surfacing so intensely. Individual therapy is a safe place to experience emotions, no matter what they are or how they manifest. It may seem counterintuitive to think of therapy as not making you feel better, but if one can fully allow and accept an emotion without duress (which can prompt unhealthy or destructive reactions), then one can learn to handle stronger emotions in the future. If a client develops the capacity to endure intense negative emotions, then a process of normalizing and desensitizing occurs, thereby reducing the tendency to react and/or take action against uncomfortable feelings.

My Background

I have a very strong background in family and couples work. I received my master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of Southern California, and my bachelor’s degree in child and family development from San Diego State University. Prior to going into private practice, I worked in the public school system providing individual, group, and family therapy to high-risk students. I also taught parenting classes on a regular basis. My therapeutic career started out at a crisis line here in Portland, where I mainly worked with people who were suffering from suicidal thoughts and severe anxiety. I have lived in Portland since 2005 and the bulk of my work focuses on seeing couples and individuals in my private practice.


  • Website
  • 811 E. Burnside St. #217
    Portland, OR 97214

At a Glance

  • Experience: 14 Year(s) of Practice
  • Neighborhood: Kerns
  • Rate: $60-100/session
  • Free Initial Consultation

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