Leif Moa-Anderson

Leif Moa-Anderson (He/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor


Have you notice how berating yourself doesn't really improve anything? Let me help you have a better relationship with yourself and others.

Client Status

accepting clients



1818 NE Irving St

Porltand, 97232

At a Glance


Rate: $120-$150

Provides free initial consultation

Practicing Since: 2010


  • Individual
  • Family
  • Relationship
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Ideal Client

I fit best with clients who are curious about themselves, they want to understand themselves, but maybe they have gotten stuck or hit a wall in their journey. They are ready to have a new relationship with themselves and are open to new perspectives. They want to know themselves as best they can. They are brave enough to want freedom, choice, autonomy, even agency in their lives, but are struggling with how to get it. Is this you, is this what you want?

My Approach to Helping

I studied philosophy before I studied psychology. So, my approach is very socratic. The way I approach therapy is as an interviewer, where you are my subject and also the audience. Instead of trying to uncover some hidden truth for the public, my job, as interviewer, is to uncover hidden truths about you, solely for your own use. Like a good journalist, I will try to be as objective as possible. Not only will I dig up this new information about you, I’ll put it into context and help you see the subject in a new way, in this case, you. What you do with this new informative perspective about yourself is up to you. Sometimes you may learn that you like that part of yourself and don't want to change it after all. Some things you may discover you can't change, and I will help you accept those. What you can/want to change will take time, practice, and patients, but it can be done. I'll help you find and refine what works for you to change yourself.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

Your resistance to what is, is the cause of your suffering. -Morihei Ueshiba The only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing. -Socrates I cannot teach anyone anything, I can only make them think. -Socrates Take what works, leave the rest. -Bruce Lee If you see failure as weakness, you will become weaker. If you see failure as opportunity, it can make you stronger. Nothing can't hurt you, for it is nothing, and an empty bucket gives the opportunity to fill it. Therefore, don't be afraid of feeling empty, for there is freedom in it.

Techniques I Use


  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) External link

    DBT was born out of CBT and mindfulness, both of which I have studied separately. Getting certified in DBT, thus, seemed natural. I don't do the strict protocols of DBT, which is a group therapy, but I use a lot of the principles frequently.

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) External link

    When I took a certificate program in CBT, I realized that this it is how I automatically and already approached therapy.

  • Existential External link

    My first love was philosophy. I believe that we all struggle with the existential conundrums of the human condition, whether we know it or not, and one or more of them is behind all mental and emotional angst.

Issues I Treat


  • Anxiety External link

    Anxiety is a natural part of existence for humans, in fact, you need it! However, there are existential concepts such as perfection, permanence, and fairness, that can create unresolvable anxiety. We can, however, learn to manage that anxiety caused by these infectious false concepts. I have helped many clients with OCD, social anxiety, hoarding, and PTSD driven phobias. I use mindfulness based CBT to address the behaviors a systems perspective to address the cognitions.

  • Codependency External link

    There is a theory that all psychologic issues stem from attachment wounds and that everyone one has attachment wounds. Now, I'm not sure if that is really true, but we at least all have a first heartbreak. I have helped with deep attachment issues such as, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, and chronic codependence. Your attachment wounds may not be that severe, but they are may still be negatively affecting your relationships in ways you don't realize.

  • Relationship / Marriage Issues External link

    Whether you are a part of a couple (or poly) or just come in by yourself, or maybe it's about platonic or work relationships, this has been the main focus my academic studies. My Masters degree is actually in Systems Psychology, which is basically the perspective that an individual's psychology is driven, at least in part, by all of the systems with which they are connected or even have been connected. I have helped many clients improve their relationships with themselves and others.

  • Men's Issues External link

    I have participated in several men's groups and was elected leader of the men's group at my graduate school my second year. I have spent many years working through my own issues with masculinity and have found comfortable place with it, but I know from personal experience that the journey is not easy. Cultural ideas about masculinity are changing and much of what used to be taught about being a man is now seen as negative, but it is still possible to be a good man and I can help with that.

  • Personality Disorders External link

    If you have been diagnosed with a personality disorder and have received enough treatment for individual outpatient therapy to be appropriate, I may be able to help you. I have experience helping people with Borderline Personality Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, and Obsessive Compulsive Personality. I highly recommend at least one full round through a Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT) group course, which takes six months, before individual therapy.

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