Richard Marshall

Richard Marshall

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist


I'm here to help you navigate life’s trials and transitions in a supportive, respectful, and safe space.

Client Status

accepting clients



1942 NW Kearney St.

Suite #21

Portland, OR 97209

At a Glance


Rate: $125-$150

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2013

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Family
  • Relationship
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Ideal Client

I work with individuals, couples, and families. I help individuals with many issues, including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, family conflict, and addiction issues. I assist couples in building warm, loving connection by guiding them to communicate in new, helpful ways in which they truly feel seen and heard, and also by teaching them to use new tools to move from disharmony back to harmony. I provide families a space to be heard and seek to restore balance and connection.

My Approach to Helping

Life can sometimes hand us more than we can easily handle. At these times, I help clients navigate life’s trials and transitions. I believe that everyone has abundant natural strengths and capacities to draw from to achieve goals and move closer to their desired life. I collaborate with you to harness and amplify your own strengths in the service of achieving your therapeutic goals, and achieve personal and relational well-being. I provide a warm, inviting, and respectful space for you to explore and express your thoughts and feelings. I view people holistically, considering various life contexts, including biological, psychological, family, social, cultural, spiritual, and also including race, socio-economic class, gender, sexual orientation, and ability. I endeavor to help clients build a sense of interpersonal connection in their lives, by finding their voice, and also by building accountability.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I bring a systemic, culturally-sensitive, relational, and trauma-informed perspective to my work with you. Additionally, I am a lifelong musician and am always open to exploring ways that music or other creative expression can be a positive and supportive part of your life.

Techniques I Use


  • Emotionally Focused External link

    Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) is an evidence-based treatment, and together with Relational Life Therapy (RLT), is the therapeutic model I most commonly use with couples. Its power comes from its ability to tap into people's primal need for a close attachment bond to others. It helps people express their softer, more vulnerable emotions with the aim of increasing connection and closeness to others.

  • Relational  External link

    I use Terry Real's Relational Life Therapy (RLT) model when working with couples and individuals dealing with relationship problems. It incorporates family of origin work, inner child work, and powerful relational tools to foster meaningful, connected, and fulfilling relationships.

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) External link

    I use IFS (also referred to as "parts" work) with clients in order to heal wounded parts of ourselves and come to rely more on our immutable core selves. The goal with IFS is to help clients become more compassionate, curious, clear, creative, calm, confident, courageous, and connected.

  • Family Systems External link

    Since I began practicing, I have used my graduate level training in family systems theory in order to help individuals and families identify and interrupt unhelpful recurring patterns of behavior and bring about lasting, positive systemic change. Additionally, family systems-informed therapy can help clients heal from damaging inter-generational trauma.

  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy External link

    I enjoy using Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) because it uses the client's own goals as a motivation for change. Therapy is therefore custom tailored to the individual client, harnessing the transformative power of the client's own strengths and interests, and builds upon ways the client may already be solving their own problem.

Issues I Treat


  • Relationship / Marriage Issues External link

    My Masters level training focused on family systems theory as used in the treatment of a wide variety of family problems, including couple and marital conflict. I have used this training since 2013 to help couples resolve conflict and foster deeper connection and relational well-being. I commonly use Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) and Relational Life Therapy (RLT) when working with couples.

  • Anxiety External link

    Anxiety might be the most common problem I have helped people overcome. I also have some familiarity, as I have suffered from an anxiety disorder myself. There can be many causes and forms of anxiety, and I work collaboratively and holistically in supporting clients to find solutions that work best for them.

  • Depression External link

    Depression and other mood disorders are very common among people seeking therapy. I have helped many people make lasting positive changes to their mood by working collaboratively and holistically in supporting clients to find solutions that work best for them.

  • Family Conflict External link

    My Masters level training focused on family systems theory as used in the treatment of a wide variety of family problems. I have used this training since 2013 to help families resolve conflict and foster relational well-being.

  • Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Dependence External link

    I have specialized Masters-level training in treating addictions which I have continually utilized in my practice. This training incorporates family systems theory, which examines and aims to restructure ways in which the entire family can organize its behavior around those family members suffering from addiction.

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