Katie Playfair, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Hello! I'm Katie. I am a former management consultant, current anxiety-disorders specialist, and mother to three young children and two dogs. My specialities include career counseling, work stress, OCD/other severe anxiety disorders, and collaborating with MDs on anxiety-related health issues.


  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Adolescent/Teen Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Adolescent/Teen Therapy

My Approach

I provide therapy in-person and online across Oregon and Washington. Technically, my approach draws from cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and more recently, Radically Open DBT (learning & training in process). More generally, I want to be your partner in discovering a better relationship with your mental health and/or work life. I want to empower you by providing education and transparency about how I see your experiences and what the evidence says about how we can help you live better. My hope is that you walk away from our meetings together knowing what works for you and what doesn't, in terms of mental health care, so it's knowledge you can use way beyond our therapy relationship. Also, therapy can be really fun. Of course it's sometimes hard work or very painful but many of my clients report that they didn't realize that going to counseling could be not just enriching but also pretty funny/silly at times.

My Background

I grew up in Portland and have spent most of my life between Portland and the San Francisco Bay Area. I earned my undergraduate degree in psychology from UC Berkeley but wasn't ready to go into clinical work at that time. After spending a decade or so in management consulting, I returned to school and earned my MA in counseling psychology from Pacific University. In graduate school and immediately after, I have three children so I work in my private practice a bit more than half time and family stuff takes up the rest. With so many friends and former colleagues in tech companies and at start-ups, I am often called on for small consulting engagements to help organizations work out interpersonal and operational challenges.

Insurance Plans Accepted

  • Out of Network
  • PacificSource


  • 503-610-6162
  • Website
  • 4017 NE Flanders Street, Suite B (behind main building)
    Portland, OR 97232
  • Second Office Address:
  • 1428 SE 19th Avenue, Suite F
    Portland, OR 97214

At a Glance

  • Experience: 9 Year(s) of Practice
  • Neighborhood: Laurelhurst
  • Rate: $120-150/session
  • Free Initial Consultation

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