Katie Playfair, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Work and anxiety often go together. Many clients choose my practice to address their work or career anxiety issues since I have a management consulting background. I also work with new parents, folks with intense anxiety disorders, and individuals with "treatment-resistant" anxiety or depression.


  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy

My Approach

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 two 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. My office hours are Monday and Wednesday 10-5 and Fridays 9-3. I am not able to offer evening or weekend appointments at this time.

Insurance Plans Accepted

  • Out of Network
  • PacificSource


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

At a Glance

  • Experience: 8 Year(s) of Practice
  • Neighborhood: Laurelhurst
  • Rate: $100-200/session
  • Free Initial Consultation

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