Judy Marantz-Herzberg

Judy Marantz-Herzberg (she/her)

Social Worker

LCSW and LSSW (Licensed School Social Worker)

I support adolescents and adults as they respond to and create changes, moving closer to actualizing what they most want in life.

Client Status

accepting clients




Portland, , 97214

At a Glance


Rate: $80-$100

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2011

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Family
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Ideal Client

I work with adults who are facing challenges that block them from their preferred lives. Together we explore what gets in the way-- recognizing how feelings, like anxiety, can be informative and quieted. I specialized in working with adolescents, particularly with school challenges. I help you figure out how to creatively approach challenges that schools and life presents. Working together with families and schools, we create the supportive environment needed.

My Approach to Helping

I believe that deep down, everyone possesses an inherent wisdom. Like a compass, it guides us. During challenging times- transitions, times of grief, loss, and change, we lose sight of our direction, and of what we think, feel, and value. We may act in ways that make things worse- procrastinating, developing unhealthy relationships with friends, lovers, family members, and our bodies. We disconnect from our inherent wisdom- the part that knows what we most need and want- and how to act on it. I work as a catalyst to guide you as you find your way back to your own path. I help by getting to know you, deeply understanding your perspective and life experiences, while helping you examine unnoticed possibilities. I help you flesh out a vision of how you want your life to be, and how to head in that direction. I listen strategically, noticing patterns. We collaboratively sift through these experiences, learn from them, and capitalize on your strengths and successes.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

My BA in Psychology and Education is from Rutgers University; my Masters in Social Work is from Portland State University. As an elementary school teacher, I saw how my students’ emotional lives impacted their school functioning and well-being. I wanted to support them with their emotional needs, and help them lead with their strengths. I have found this opportunity through counseling. I have worked with high school and elementary school children as a school social worker and in private practice. I offer academic coaching for middle/high school students, enabling them to reach their potentials. Communicating with teachers and families, I foster a team approach to supporting students, alleviating family stress that arises when kids struggle with school and life. Various facets of my life inform my practice. Each dimension– teacher, mother, daughter, and partner - helps me appreciate the complexity of life and admire the ways people face adversity and change.

Techniques I Use


  • Psychodynamic  External link

    People’s life stories, and past family experiences deeply affect current relationships. The therapeutic relationship is a safe place to explore interpersonal styles. My relationship with my client is central to our work.

  • Narrative  External link

    We learn about ourselves from stories our families, cultures, and societies tell. Some narratives are oppressive, limiting our possibilities and potentials. Others empower us, highlighting successes and strengths. I love helping people uncover incidents that shed light on unique qualities and experiences. Together, we co-author truer narratives that guide us to our potentials.

  • Family Systems External link

    Even when we grow independent, we never really leave behind the shaping influences of family. I help clients consider these influences, and their effects on adult life and relationships. When working with adolescents, I aim to increase connections and communication with family members, often involving them in counseling sessions.

Issues I Treat


  • Child or Adolescent Issues External link

    Adolescence is a time of tremendous growth and change. Sometimes teens benefit from exploring problems within a trusting therapeutic relationship. Some concerns young people bring: depression, anxiety, concerns about peers, sexuality/sexual identify, pressure to achieve, worries about the future, school / home challenges, substance use, self-harm, referrals from school counselors and doctors.

  • Anxiety External link

    Most of my clients, especially adolescent and young adults, are challenged by anxious thoughts and feelings. Increasing self-awareness is the first step. Together, we figure out how to identify anxiety before it escalates. We practice cognitive and mindfulness techniques to apply during difficult times. Learning these tools is invaluable for the constant changes that life brings.

  • Depression External link

    Depression can take away the passion for life, dulling the senses and stripping away meaning. At times, depression can be completely debilitating. I help people explore their history and experiences with depressed feelings, uncovering the causes, and finding ways to get relief. When in the grips of depression, it can feel like you are stuck in a dark hole. I can help you climb out.

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