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Douglas Pullin, LCSW LPC

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LPC, LLC

Westside Portland


19 SW Gibbs Street
Portland, OR 97239
(503) 293-4177

24hr Phone   (503) 293-4177
E-Mail  douglaspullin

Accepting new clients: Yes
Office Settings: Private Practice (solo)
Modality:  In-person, Telehealth video/Skype

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Usual Office Hours:

  • M:   9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • T:  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • W:  9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Th:  9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • F:  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Professional Focus

  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks and Phobias
  • Anger Management
  • Sexual and Relationship Problems
  • Medical and Health concerns
  • Recovery from childhood trauma
  • Grief and Loss
  • Work and Career issues
  • Stress Management
  • Addiction Recovery Support
  • Parenting and Family Issues
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Spiritual Counseling
  • Meditation Instruction

How can therapy help me?

 A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. 

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Benefits available from therapy include

  •  Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications and listening skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

Issues & Challenges I also work with

  • ADHD
  • Addiction support recovery
  • Anger Management
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Chronic Pain
  • Coping Skills
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Infidelity
  • Internet Addiction
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Self Esteem
  • Sex Therapy
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Spirituality
  • Transgender
  • Trauma and PTSD

Types of Therapy and Treatment Approaches

  • Attachment-based
  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • EMDR
  • Eclectic
  • Existential
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Humanistic
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal
  • Mindfulness-based
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Person-Centered
  • Psychodynamic
  • Somatic
  • Transpersonal
  • Trauma Focused
“The biggest problem with fear and anxiety is not so much the experience of it, but more what we do to avoid it.  Anxiety is often driven and maintained by unobserved/unconscious painful memories of the past and unhelpful predictions of the future. Mindfulness-based therapy can help you to become aware of these modes of thinking/feeling, and focus more objectively on the present.”
— Douglas Pullin, LCSW LPC  
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Populations Served 

  • Adolescent 15-19
  • Adult
  • Blind
  • Heterosexual
  • Gay
  • Lesbian

Specialty Training 

  • EMDR certified
  • Family Studes Institute certification in systemic family therapy
  • Trained in Scientific Marital Therapy by John Gottman
  • Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Training by John Kabat-Zin
  • Hakomi Professional Skills by Ron Kurtz

What is EMDR?

For more information ago to my website page on EMDR

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) incorporates elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy with bilateral eye movements or other forms of rhythmic, left right stimulation. One of the key elements of EMDR is “dual stimulation.” During treatment, you are asked to think or talk about memories, triggers, and painful emotions while simultaneously focusing on your therapist’s moving finger or another form of bilateral stimuli. In a typical EMDR therapy session, you focus on traumatic memories and associated negative emotions and beliefs while tracking your therapist’s moving finger with your eyes as it moves back and forth across your field of vision.  Other forms of external stimuli that may be used in EMDR therapy include bilateral tactile sensations and sounds (e.g. alternating hand taps or a chime that pans back and forth from ear to ear).

At the time of a traumatic event, strong emotions interfere with our ability to completely process the experience and one moment becomes “frozen in time.” Recalling the traumatic event may feel as though the person is reliving the event all over again because the images, smells, sounds, and feelings are still there and can be triggered in the present. When activated, these memories cause a negative impact on our daily functioning and interfere with the way we see ourselves and our world, and how we relate to others. EMDR therapy appears to directly affect the brain, “unfreezing” the traumatic memories, allowing you to resolve them. Over time the disturbing memory and associated beliefs, feelings, sensations become “digested” or worked through until you are able to think about the event without reliving it. The memory is still there, but it is less upsetting.

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Benefits of Meditation & Mindfulness

For more information i the following go to my website page on Meditation & Mindfulness

  • It Boosts Your HEALTH
  • It Boosts Your  HAPPINESS
  • It Boosts Your SOCIAL LIFE
  • It Boosts Your Self-Control
  • It Changes Your BRAIN (for the better)
  •  It Improves Your Productivity (yup, by doing nothing)
  • It Makes You WISE(R)
  • It Keeps You Real

Douglas W Pullin Groups

Basics of Mindfulness

Group:  Six week class starts Thursday January 25th, 2018. Instruction in insight meditation will be given sequentially, beginning with a focus on mindfulness of breathing, followed by mindfulness of the body, of emotions, of thoughts, of mind and of the application of mindfulness in daily life and on retreat This 6-week class is appropriate for beginners as well as for experienced students . In this class you will learn to : 1. Develop a healthier relationship with your thoughts. 2. Develop more balance with your emotions. 3. Become more in touch with your body and mind. Register at:

Retreat: An Introduction to Self Compassion

This retreat will focus on the three key components of self-compassion: self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to others, so that we know we aren't alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with ease. We will do meditation practices that cultivate mindfulness, kindness and a sense of our shared humanity. There will be periods of instruction and sitting, walking and movement meditation.


I am qualified to offer clinical supervision for those seeking LCSW and LPC licensure. I offer individual and group supervision for professional seeking licensure.

  • Individual session of clinical supervision = $75/hour
  • Group supervision = $30/hour (two hour group = $60; three hour group = $90; group maximum of 6 individuals


For clients who are receiving services on a self-pay basis, we will discuss and agree to a fee prior to the start of services for you and /or your family. For group services, payment in full is due by the end of the first session. For individual, couples and family services, payment is due at the end of each session unless another arrangement has been made with me. For clients using insurance coverage to pay for a portion of the fee, it is your responsibility to learn about the nature and extent of your coverage. I will bill the insurance provider my standard and customary fee. You are responsible for paying the difference between my standard or our negotiated fee and what the insurance company pays. If the insurance company does not pay for my services, you will be responsible for paying the full fee.

  • Individual therapy is $120.00
  • Couples and Family is $140.00
  • Personal coaching is $120.00
  • I offer a discount for payment at the time of service when there is no requirement for billing or other financial paperwork.

Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Insurance: Yes

  • Individual session of clinical supervision = $75/hour
  • Group supervision = $30/hour (two hour group = $60; three hour group = $90; group maximum of 6 individuals

Accepted Payment Methods: 

  • ACH Bank transfer
  • American Express
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Health Savings Account
  • Mastercard
  • Paypal
  • Visa


I do not work for health insurance payers.  I can bill your insurance for you.  I can bill some insurance plans as an out-of-network provider.  Please verifiy your health insurance coverage before or when you arrange your first visit. I am an in-network provider for these health plans.  

  • 1199SEIU
  • Anthem
  • Beech Street
  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Empire BlueCross
  • GEHA
  • Moda Health
  • Regence
  • Out of Network

Education & Training

Highest Degree Earned: MSW, MA
Discipline: Social Work, Counseling Psychology

  • Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR. June of 1979 BS degree in psychology
  • Lewis and Clark College, Graduate School of Professional Studies, Portland, OR.MA counseling psychology August 1984.
  • Portland State University, Graduate School of Social Work, Portland, OR. MSW June1990. 
  • Family Studies Institute, Post-graduate study in systemic family therapy, May 1993.

Professional Affiliations & Activities

  • AMHA-OR Metro
  • NASW