Melissa Yeary, LPC

Melissa Yeary, LPC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

I bring empathy, connection, and insight to our work together, and a rich variety of tools to help you shift your perspective and behavior.

Client Status

not accepting clients

Contact

503.451.3732

3234 NE Wasco Street, Suite D

Portland, 97232

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $125

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2013

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual
  • Group

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • PacificSource

My Approach to Helping

I believe people have an innate capacity to learn and grow. Therapy offers fertile ground for you to safely explore the rich depth of your inner life and focus on what stands in the way of being who you want to be. We will collaborate to understand your unique emotions, mind, body, and history as the process of healing unfolds. Making sense of who you are, individually and in relationship, enhances your ability to make wise choices about your life. Understanding long-time habits of thinking frees you from emotional limitations and provides new opportunities to live your life with engagement and passion. Integrating the creative process with insights gained in therapy can contribute to growth and self-expression. I believe creativity is available to all of us and enjoy working with clients who like to engage their own creative process in any form. In addition to therapy, I facilitate SoulCollage®, an experiential art process which can add deep meaning and rich insight to life.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I have an MA in Mental Health Counseling from Lewis and Clark College, and a BA in Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology from the University of Missouri. I'm experienced in working with adults of all ages on issues including anxiety, depression, self-awareness, trauma, addiction, and career development. I’m trained in Hakomi, a mindfulness approach to therapy that supports profound change through the exploration of thoughts, body, feelings, and memories. I bring a wealth of life experience to my work, including my background as parent, artist, coach, and software designer and manager in the corporate world. I value creativity and intuition as key elements in nourishing the spirit, and enjoy using Voice Dialogue and SoulCollage® to inspire self-awareness and explore the complexity of our inner worlds.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Expressive Art Therapy External link

    My training in Expressive Art Therapy supports your exploration of challenges and dreams with images, clay, sandtray, poetry, or movement. As a SoulCollage® facilitator, I offer groups and workshops at PCC and in private sessions. You are welcome to bring in your creative interests, and we will integrate creative expression into your process of self-exploration and change.

  • Relational  External link

    The client-therapist relationship offers a unique opportunity to practice how we relate to others in a caring, honest environment. I am trained in interpersonal and relational therapy methods to support exploration of what goes on with you in a relationship. Working relationally in therapy offers powerful benefits to your success in intimate, work, and friend relationships in your life.

  • Hakomi External link

    I am trained in Hakomi, an orientation that uses mindfulness to illuminate how you organize your experience and supports profound change to the core beliefs that limit your happiness. I have practiced mindfulness meditation for many years and believe that by strengthening our awareness of the present moment, we greatly enhance our capacity to enjoy the gifts of being human.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Women's Issues External link

    The major events in a woman's life can be challenging. Relationship growth or difficulty, becoming a mother or deciding not to have children, managing work and family, coming into your own as a woman. These transitions are rich times to take stock of who you are, claim your power, and choose to live your life with heart and creativity. I've been there. I can help you find your way.

  • Self-Esteem External link

    Feelings of self-worth depend on the meaning we’ve given our life experiences. Exploring what we’ve come to believe about ourselves can be an exciting and rewarding journey. I bring a wealth of tools and strategies useful to creating the strong sense of self that underlies positive self-esteem, including creative strategies like journaling and collaging and body-centered tools like mindfulness.

  • Loss or Grief External link

    Loss, disappointment, and grief are inevitable parts of being human. My experience and training in navigating these difficult times will support you to emerge with renewed hope. Working through the stuck places you encounter along your journey to healing will bring you insight and wisdom you’ll be able to apply to all aspects of your life.

  • Anxiety External link

    It’s important to explore the underlying thoughts, feelings, and related experiences associated with anxiety as well as the body’s response to stress. My training in working with anxiety includes ways to calm the physical stress response and reshape the body’s response to trigger events, as well as a variety of options for exploring and changing the accompanying thoughts and feelings.

  • Depression External link

    It is natural to feel sad at times, but experiencing ongoing hopelessness, despair, and a reduced interest in life may indicate depression. I’m experienced in working with depression and offer compassion, insight, and effective tools. Together we can explore options and if appropriate, collaborate in changing the underlying beliefs, habits, and behavior that fuel depression.

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