Katie Playfair, LPC

Katie Playfair, LPC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC (OR and Tx) LMHC (WA)

I am a former management consultant, current anxiety-disorders specialist, and mother to three young children and two dogs.

Client Status

not accepting clients



4017 NE Flanders Street

Suite B (behind main building)

Portland, 97232

1428 SE 19th Avenue, Suite F

Portland, Oregon 97214

At a Glance


Rate: $150-$200

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2011

Languages: English

Faith: Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Interfaith, Multifaith


  • Individual
  • Group
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • PacificSource

My Ideal Client

Clients who like my practice and find it different than previous therapy experiences tell me that I'm directive, involve them as an equal partner in their treatment, I educate them about mental health concepts in general, and push them to be compassionate and loving with themselves while they push hard to change their lives. I help people feel "normal," learn to live better with their anxiety, and manage it long-term.

My Approach to Helping

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 Personal Beliefs and Interests

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.

Techniques I Use


  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) External link

    I use both mindfulness and values interventions from ACT to help clients develop lifelong skills to live with their own brains (that are sometimes doing super unpleasant things) more effectively.

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) External link

    CBT is a very evidence-based approach to changing your behavior, thereby changing your thoughts. I rarely use CBT in isolation (I like to combine it with ACT) but CBT techniques are still my go-to approach for many common anxiety challenges.

  • Coaching External link

    Some of my clients need support in exploring their values, career directions, or simply making progress in a part of their life they feel stuck on. I use an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy approach to coaching, whether it's career coaching, ADHD coaching, or partner coaching for the loved ones of people with OCD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, etc.

Issues I Treat


  • OCD External link

    OCD includes Illness Anxiety Disorder/HealthAnxiety/hypochondriasis, obsessions, compulsions, skin and hair picking, and some other types of more severe anxiety you might not know are in the OCD cluster. This is another area where I've done a lot of specialized training.

  • Anxiety External link

    Anxiety is my primary speciality, whether it's situational stress, or debilitating OCD, I've focused most of my career on treating anxiety!

  • Personal Growth External link

    In addition to the career counseling training we're required to have as Nationally Certified Counselors/LPCs/LMHCs, I had a whole career in management consulting and HR before becoming a mental health counselor. I can definitely help with career and work related issues.

  • Women's Issues External link

    I help current and aspiring professional women navigate gender issues in the workplace and in their families. I offer client-centric, culturally-informed support that helps women act congruently with their values around issues of gender.

  • Parenting External link

    While I am a mom of three, I don't put my own parenting values on my clients. My objective in working with parents is to help them discover their own parenting values and to live those values to the greatest extent possible, given the incredible juggling act parenting is. I am an imperfect parent too and I try to help my clients struggling in this job be the best imperfect version of themselves.

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