Nancy Hess

Licensed Professional Counselor

“It’s the quality of our relationships that will determine the quality of our lives.” Esther Perel. I work with couples and individuals to help them better understand themselves and their significant relationships in order to feel more authentic and connected.


  • Couples Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Individual Therapy

My Approach

I believe it is our relationships that give us the greatest opportunity for connection and meaning in our lives. I work with people to help them better understand themselves both as individuals and in relationship so that they can clarify what gets in the way of feeling more connected to self, other, and the world. I strive to help clients facilitate growth and change, develop helpful coping and communication skills, strengthen inner resource individually and in relationship, deepen self-compassion and compassion for your partner(s), and create relationships that feel authentic, meaningful, and connected. I believe it is also important to address the impact of relational stress on the body, working with the nervous system and neurophysiology as a way to increase wellness and balance. I use a variety of modalities including mindfulness practice, attachment theory, differentiation, trauma-sensitive yoga, and DBT to give you practical tools towards healing.

My Background

I have a BS from UC Berkeley and a Masters from Lewis and Clark College and am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. My work is informed by my education and training in somatic therapy, mindfulness, attachment theory, Polyvagal Therapy, AEDP, EMDR, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, feminist theory, and the couples work of Esther Perel and Terry Real. I work with trauma and the ways people respond to and cope with its effects (anxiety, depression, relational challenges, difficulty trusting/connecting, substance use). I affirm all gender identities and sexual orientations and support non-traditional relationship configurations. My work is informed by a long-standing meditation and yoga practice and a belief that we all have an organic wisdom and an intrinsic capacity to move towards wholeness.

Insurance Plans Accepted

  • Out of Network


  • 503-897-0287
  • Website
  • 1135 SE Salmon St Suite L5
    Portland, OR 97214

At a Glance

  • Experience: 5 Year(s) of Practice
  • Neighborhood: Buckman
  • Rate: $125-150/session
  • Free Initial Consultation

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