Molz Wirtz-Wold

Molz Wirtz-Wold (they/them)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, LMHC, LPC

Accepting clients as of 7/15/24. A clinician for 19 years, I specialize in supporting queer and trans adults and relationships/couples.

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

208-907-1625

5651 N Lombard

Portland, 97203

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $200-$220

Provides free initial consultation

Practicing Since: 2005

Services

  • Individual
  • Relationship

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket

My Ideal Client

I work with couples and relationships where people are struggling to connect and understand each other, but would like to. I specialize in supporting trans people who are beginning their gender exploration journey, and want help with how this impacts their intimate relationships. I enjoy supporting people understanding their sexuality, and learning the language to express who they are and want they want. The goal of my work is to help people feel more secure in the relationships they choose.

My Approach to Helping

My mission is to support my clients with a compassionate and creative approach, attachment-centered using research based methods. I want to help people discover ways to heal and move forward in their lives, and to feel more free to be their authentic selves. Transgender/non binary affirming and identifying: they/them Trauma-informed practices Trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Counseling (EFT) and Gottman for Couples In training for PACT Level One (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Counseling) Sex therapist, AASECT member Polyamorous friendly/knowledgeable Anti-racist, anti-oppression, committed to doing my own work Kink friendly/knowledgeable Queer Enjoy supporting other therapists, helping professionals Experienced/trained in supporting people with Bipolar Disorder Experienced, trained in supporting Autistic people Health at Every Size supportive, fat liberation

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I enjoy helping people explore their gender (or lack of gender) in a safe environment. I come to this work from an existential perspective and love helping people explore concepts such as identity, personal meaning, freedom and change. In relationship work/couples counseling, I want to help people develop healthy connections and attachments to the people they love and to themselves. I believe couples are the experts on each other, and my job is to help them make more accurate guesses about each of their their feelings, wants and needs. I am fat, queer and trans. I benefit from white privilege and work to educate myself so I can minimize the harm done via white supremacy culture in the therapy room and beyond. In my free time, I love to garden, play analog and modular synthesizers, hike to hot springs, and eat all the delicious foods. I play a lot of video games (recent fave is Valheim), go see live shows, and updating our 1906 foursquare home with my wife.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Couples Counseling External link

    I am trained in PACT: psychobiological approach to couples counseling. PACT is a fusion of attachment theory, developmental neuroscience, and arousal regulation. Understanding how the brain works provides a physiological basis for understanding how people act and react within relationships. In a nutshell, some areas of your brain are wired to reduce threat and danger and seek security, while others are geared to establish mutuality and loving connection.

  • Attachment Theory External link

    Our relationships with the people who raised us gave us our foundation for understanding the world: are others safe or not? Can I trust people? As adults, we respond to those we care most about according to our experiences from birth to young childhood. Knowing our attachment styles can give us the ability to choose good partners, and have healthy relationships.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Gender Identity External link

    Most of my clients are transgender and/or non-binary. I have taught masters level classes for other therapists on how to support clients around gender, and helping people explore their own gender identity is one of my favorite parts of being a therapist.

  • Bipolar External link

    I enjoy helping clients learn how to manage bipolar symptoms and live as peaceful as life as they choose. I believe the societal stigma around bipolar is incredibly damaging and I work to help people thrive despite potential negative perspectives out there. I enjoy supporting people find rhythm and balance in their lives through attention to sleep, regular nutrition, awareness of drugs and alcohol on stability, adherence to medication if prescribed, and stress management.

  • Polyamorous and Open Relationships External link

    Many of my clients have non-traditional ethical relationship structures, and I have lectured on polyam for other therapists ( the powerpoint presentation is still up on my website)

  • Premarital Counseling External link

    I specialize in supporting queer premarital and pre-commitment counseling. I believe in setting up the secure attachment foundation before making a big leap such as buying a house, getting married, or having a child can help folks navigate stressful moments without letting their reactions get in the way of caring for their partner's emotional needs.

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