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Melissa Owens, LPC

Downtown Portland
1020 SW Taylor Street, Suite 730
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 963-9332
fax:  (503) 265-8137
24 hr phone: (503) 963-9332
Email:  Melissa Owens LPC

Accepting new clients: Yes
Usual Office Hours:
Tuesdays through Fridays
Evening hours available

License #C1707

Please call me for a free initial 15 minute phone consultation. No additional charge for intake sessions. CoupleOffice Settings: Private Practice (solo)


Get unstuck; Strengthen communication, connections, relationships and boundaries; Free yourself from addiction, addictive relationships, compulsive behaviors; Heal emotional reactivity and stop hurting yourself and those you love.


Populations Served: Adolescent 15-19, Adult, Couple, Elders, Gay, Gay Couple, Lesbian, Lesbian Couple

Specialty Training:

  • EMDRIA Level II training in EMDR
  • I use DBT; EMDR; mind/body therapies (breath, awareness, movement, imagery)
  • Kundalini Yoga as a healing practice
  • Active Imagination
  • Prolonged Exposure therapy.
  • I teach Assertiveness Skills


I offer respectful confidential counseling to help you with the following issues:

  • Get 'unstuck' with Brief Therapy;
  • Build on strengths to make desired changes for personal transformation;
  • Learn to listen and be heard, love and be loved;
  • Free yourself from addiction, addictive relationships, compulsive behaviors, eating disorders, compulsive sexuality, shopping, internet addiction, obsessions;
  • Work through grief, loss, abuse, illness, trauma, and difficult transitions;
  • Prevent debilitating patterns of depression, unmanageable anxiety, or rage;
  • Heal emotional reactivity and stop hurting yourself and those you love.

Skilled in DBT; Prolonged Exposure therapy; Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR); Somatic Experiencing; Ego-State therapies involving mind/body awareness using breath, movement and imagery; Jungian Active Imagination; Kundalini Yoga therapy.


Usual and Customary Fee: $125 per extended hour.s sessions are 75 minutes and the fee is $175. I am a volunteer provider with Returning Veterans Project; I do not provide a sliding scale otherwise.


Clinical Supervisor; Addictions and Mental Health Counselor in Adult Residential Program; ESL Teacher and Bilingual Education Coordinator; Women’s Resource Center Skills Trainer. MA Counseling Psychology with Addictions Specialty, Lewis & Clark College; Teacher Certification, University of Alaska; BA, University of California, San Diego.

Education & Training

Highest Degree Earned: MA
Discipline: Counseling Psychology

I have an MA in Counseling Psychology, Addictions Specialization, extensive successful experience working with a wide variety of mental health problems, and years of experience as clinical supervisor. I trained in DBT, body oriented psychotherapies, Gestalt therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and Kundalini Yoga. I worked for 7 years at De Paul Treatment Center, as Residential Counselor, then Clinical Supervisor. Prior to that, I taught and was Bilingual Coordinator in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Before that, I was Skills Trainer at the Women's Resource Center in Anchorage. I have a teachers education at University of Alaska, Anchorage and a BA in literature from UC San Diego.


Hospital and/or Teaching Affiliations:

  • Formerly adjunct professor at Clark College in Vancouver WA
  • Formerly Clinical Supervisor at De Paul Treatment Centers

Professional Affiliations / Activities

  • American Mental Health Alliance - Oregon
  • Oregon Counselors Association
  • Oregon Mental Health Counselors Association
  • American Counseling Association
  • EMDR International Association
  • EMDR Therapist Network


The Suspended Exhale
This article explains how your breath affects your emotions and thoughts

The Emerging Neuroscience of the Wandering Mind and Meditation 
This article by Hsin-ya Chow and Sat Bir Singh deserves your attention.

Member EMDR Therapist Network

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New Clients Please Read and Complete the 5 Forms Below:

Personal Information & Emergency Medical Release 
Client intake form, includes medical emergency provisions

Professional Disclosure
My professional disclosure form as a .pdf file.

Oregon Modified National Privacy Form 
A statement about your privacy rights in mental health care.

Acknowledgement of Professional Disclosure & Privacy Documents 
Clients sign this to acknowledge they have received information about my practice and their privacy rights.

Informed Consent to Treatment Form 
Also a .pdf file, for clients