Megan Bucknum

Megan Bucknum (She/Her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Hello! I value partnering with others to help uncover and pursue meaning in their life.

Client Status




Video Telehealth

Portland/Statewide, 97202

Video Telehealth

Salem/Statewide, 97301

At a Glance


Rate: $145

Provides free initial consultation

Practicing Since: 2015

Languages: English


  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • Aetna
  • PacificSource

My Ideal Client

I provide individual therapy to adults (18+) on issues relating to: anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts and/or feelings, life stressors, self-criticism, grief, and relationship dissatisfaction. Counseling should be engaging, thought provoking, and supportive. I also understand counseling can be painful at times. I am committed to being present alongside you during all these moments and to honor your exploration into where you have been, where you are, and where you would like to go.

My Approach to Helping

We can approach our work together using a variety of frameworks and I will adapt to meet your needs and preferences. I use frameworks such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Compassion Focused Therapy. You are the expert of your story and I strive to be a fellow traveler in our time together. To ensure we are moving in the right direction and honoring your experience, I will often seek out your feedback. At this time all counseling appointments will be conducted with a telehealth platform using phone or video conferencing applications.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor I (CADC I). I have been working in social services since 2012 and have been providing direct counseling support since obtaining my masters degree from Portland State Graduate School of Social Work in 2015. My style is person-centered, relational, and collaborative. I also value taking a curious and non-judgmental stance with all of my clients. A little bit about me and how I recharge outside of my therapy role. I enjoy spending time in nature, attending to my plants, playing with my dog, reading novels or comics, enjoying video games, and adventuring in the world of D&D.

Techniques I Use


  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) External link

    ACT is an engaging form of therapy that includes processing/reflection, learning skills, practicing skills both inside and outside of sessions, and clarifying what matters to you. If you find you have tried everything to stop painful thoughts or feelings, but the struggle continues, this may be a helpful approach. I hope you leave our sessions with a plan of action— something you can take with you and do between sessions that will make a positive difference.

  • Relational  External link

    Relationships with others and the world around us significantly impact our experiences. I utilize this overarching approach to help you grow new insights into past experiences and patterns of behavior which may be impacting your experiences of developing healthy and fulfilling relationships.

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) External link

    We can use this approach to explore the relationship between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. In our time together, I will assist you in extending kind curiosity to current ways of thinking and to identify if these thought patterns honor your experience and serve you now, or perhaps lead you away from a life you want.

Issues I Treat


  • Anxiety External link

    Experiencing anxiety is a normal part of life. Sometimes we feel anxiety so intensely, in our attempts to cope and survive, we may find ourselves moving away from the life we want. Enjoyable activities may no longer feel possible and our circle of workability may start to shrink. My training treating anxiety utilizes approaches to assist others in connecting to their values, unhooking from painful thoughts/feelings, growing self-compassion, and helping you reconnect to what is important to you.

  • Depression External link

    I have multiple years of experience working with adults living with severe and persistent mental health concerns, including depression in varying stages of their recovery. I can help you reconnect to what is important to you, grow skills to release painful thoughts/feelings, to hold yourself with kindness, and start living the life you want.

  • Personal Growth External link

    I want to partner with you to grow self-compassion and kindness, identify potential thinking patterns which no longer serve you, learn new coping skills, and to feel a stronger connection to the present.

Contact Megan

Optional note (300 character limit). Please do not include sensitive medical information.