Melissa Hartley

Melissa Hartley ((she/her))

Professional Counselor Associate

MS, NCC, LPC intern

Supervisor: Kerri Anderson-Linde LPC

Integrated Core Counseling is here for folks of all identities to explore Self-discovery and healing.

Client Status

not accepting clients



6118 SE Belmont, Suite 412

Portland, 97215

At a Glance


Rate: $105

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2019

Languages: English


  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket

My Approach to Helping

I draw from the integrated theoretical frameworks of Person-Centered Therapy, Feminist Theory and Internal Family Systems (IFS). IFS is the stuff you will hear me talk most about in counseling. IFS holds the stance that there is an inherently wise, and health-seeking core Self to each person. Part of our work together will be to get you in touch with your core Self to begin identifying and helping other parts of you that may be unintentionally disconnecting you from your own sense of calm, connection, confidence, and clarity. That process is unique to each person and we will cater the tools we use to match your needs and goals. I provide individual counseling for adults of all gender identity/expressions, race/ethnicities, sexual orientations, socioeconomic status, mental or physical ability/disability status, nations of origin, and religions. Please do not hesitate to reach out and begin (or continue) your healing journey!

My Values as a Therapist

I am a Professional Counselor Associate and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). I hold a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Portland State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, also from Portland State University. I am a LGBTQ2A+ friendly/affirming, and a sex-positive therapist. I support folks in exploring and defining how they want to be in relationships (or not!) and I believe sex work is real work. These values show up in the trainings I attend, how I show up in the counseling room and how I carry myself in my personal/political actions.

Techniques I Use


  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) External link

    There is a wise, core 'Self' to us all, along with other 'parts' which try to help, but can get forced into unhealthy roles in our lives. Parts associated with trauma are often pushed down or 'exiled' out of awareness. When they do emerge, other protective parts try to suppress them, blocking access to core Self, which could help them heal. Together, we can help all your parts access your core Self and work both together, and for you in an adaptive and sustainable way.

  • Feminist External link

    I focus on the importance of empowerment and awareness of systems of oppression which impact people of all genders. What you can expect here is to be treated with respect, to have the whole person you are, your identities and lived experience, validated and welcomed.

  • Humanistic  External link

    This shows up in the way I actively see you. You can expect me to be committed to giving you unconditional positive regard, meaning I will see you as inherently good, and accept you without any action or behavior needed on your part.

Issues I Treat


  • Polyamorous and Open Relationships External link

    I celebrate and affirm diverse relationship structures and am a sex-positivity affirming counselor. I look for ways to expand my knowledge and experience this area, because I acknowledge there's always room to grow and evolve!

  • Veterans/Military Service External link

    I am experienced and knowledgeable about military culture and service. I have not served, but I do come from a military family, and continuously seek to improve my understanding of issues faced by active duty service members, their families and veterans from each unique branch of the military.

  • Women's Issues External link

    As a counselor with a Feminist focus, I place importance on empowerment, awareness of systems of oppression that impact people of all genders and how that shows up in the content we discuss, as well as the relationship between us in our respective identities. You can expect safe space to talk about the differences between our identities in a respectful and affirming way.

  • LGBTQ Issues External link

    I am an LGBTQ2A+ affirming counselor. What that looks like in practice is a lot of acknowledging and learning from my mistakes, checking in with my clients about whether they feel safe and affirmed in the counseling relationship, and continuing my education and growth in practicing inclusivity in my professional and personal life. There is safe and welcoming space in my office for all of your identities and ways of expressing yourself!

  • PTSD External link

    Trauma can show up in people's lives in many ways that feel distressing and disruptive. Sometimes that trauma is associated with military service, other times it is more relational. Often, it is a combination of events and inner experiences. My philosophy is that all trauma is valid and you can expect to experience very intentional care and a slow pace in addressing it.

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