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Catherine Beckett, LCSW PhD

Close-in NE Portland

3325 NE Wasco Street
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 319-8998
Fax:  (503) 546-0120
Email  Catherine Beckett

Accepting New Clients:  Yes
Usual Office Hours:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, by appointment.

I do have evening appointments, but they tend to book out farther in advance.  I return all phone calls within 24 hours. 

Office Settings: Private Practice (solo)
License #2880



As human beings, most of us are challenged by change. Whether change is anticipated or unexpected, it often requires us to rethink old perspectives, and to develop new approaches. My aim as a therapist is to work collaboratively with clients who are experiencing difficult changes and transitions. 

I strive to balance the use of listening and support with actively offering ideas and strategies for clients to consider.

Since every client's needs are unique, I do not have a one-size-fits-all approach. The work is tailored to fit each individual's concerns, preferences and goals. 

While acknowledging the influence of the past can be helpful, I believe that counseling must also focus on building strategies for moving forward.

In addition to helping clients reach their counseling goals, I strive to offer them personal and interpersonal tools that will continue to be useful to them long after their work with me is complete. 

Hello and a Brief Tour of my Office...

Professional Focus

Life Changes and Transitions (anticipated or unexpected)

  • Engagement, marriage, or remarriage

  • Relationship struggles and uncertainty

  • Death and bereavement

  • End of relationship or divorce

  • Parenting, step-parenting or blended families

  • Young adulthood and transition into adult life

  • Career change, job loss or work re-entry

  • School transitions or launching of children

  • Health changes or ongoing conditions

  • Retirement

Problems and Conditions

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Grief and Loss, Trauma

  • Navigating Early Adulthood

  • Recovery for Couples and Family

  • Issues of Child/Adolescent Development

  • Parenting and Co-Parenting Support

Professional Consultation and Training

  • Supervision for Oregon LCSW licensure

  • Consultation for professionals and organizations

  • Workshops and training in human development and counseling skills

Populations Served:

  • Adolescent 12-15

  • Adolescent 15-19

  • Adult,

  • Child 0-4

  • Child 5-11

  • Elders

  • Gay

  • Lesbian

Current Work

  • Private clinical practice in Portland, Or, providing services to individuals, couples and families, with a specialty in transition, grief and loss work.

  • Instructor of graduate counseling courses at Oregon State University.


With nearly 25 years of professional experience, I currently provide services to individuals, couples and families in my private practice in Portland, Oregon. I have also served as instructor of counseling-related courses for the University of Portland, Portland State University, and Oregon State. 

  • My PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education from Oregon State University focused on best practices for working with grief and loss.

  • Prior to opening my private practice, my clinical work experience included:

  • National Director of Program and Training; Friends of the Children, OR

  • Therapist, Addiction Treatment; Caremark Behavioral Health, OR

  • Therapist; Hospice and Palliative Care of Contra Costa, CA

  • School-based Therapist; Youth Education and Support Services, CA

  • Therapist; Carroll County Mental Health, NH

  • Outward Bound course instructor


Highest Degree Earned:  PhD
Discipline: Clinical Social Work, Counseling

  • BA, Phi Beta Kappa; Bowdoin College

  • Visiting Scholar; Oxford University, England

  • Graduate Internship in child, adolescent and family counseling at Dallas Child Guidance Clinic

  • Graduate Internship in adult, couples and crisis counseling at Salem Mental Health and Education Services

  • MSW; Smith College School for Social Work: Masters thesis on long-term effects of divorce

  • Certificate in Neuropsychology and Assessment; U.C. Berkeley Extension

  • Licensed as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Oregon

  • Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (DCSW)

  • PhD in Counseling; Oregon State University, 2013; Phi Kappa Phi.

Specialty Training

  • Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (DCSW)

  • Certificate in Neuropsychology and Assessment

Fees and Financial

All fees, including co-pays, are due at the time of service.  Payment may be made by cash, check, or credit card. Credit cards will be charged an additional $1.00 per transaction to cover the rising costs of providing this service. 

  • Self-pay individual session: $160

  • Self-pay couple or family session: $170

  • Individual sessions billed to insurance: $180

  • Couple or family session billed to insurance: $190

  • Initial assessment visit billed to insurance: $210

In special situations, exceptions to the fee policy and rates may be negotiated.  Please let me know if you have circumstances that create a hardship.

Payment and Insurance

At this time, the only insurance companies I bill directly are Lifewise, PacificSource and Kaiser (if authorized by Kaiser).  

I also work with many clients who have other insurance plans on an out-of-network basis. Not all plans offer this option; if you are uncertain whether yours does, I recommend you contact your insurance company directly and ask the following questions:

  • Does my plan have an out-of-network option for outpatient mental health? If it does, is there a separate deductable?

  • If no deductable, what percentage of out-of-network costs does my plan cover?

  • Is there any pre-authorization required for out-of-network services?

Clients may also choose to pay the discounted, out-of-pocket rate  and then seek reimbursement from their insurance company.    I will be happy to provide any documentation of services and  payments which may be required. 

New Clients

Welcome! I look forward to meeting you and working together. 

Prior to our first session, please download and print an intake packet below to complete. Note that packets for adults and packets for children/teens are different; please make sure you are printing the appropriate one. 

Each packet contains an introductory letter/treatment consent, an intake information form, a symptoms checklist and a notice about privacy practices (HIPAA). Each of these needs to be filled out and/or signed. 

If you have any questions or concerns about any of the forms, feel free to contact me prior to your first session; otherwise, you can simply bring the completed forms with you to our first meeting. If you do not have easy access to the internet and a printer, just let me know and I can mail the forms to you, or have them ready at the office prior to our first meeting.