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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

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.

Financial

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.

Background

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.

Affiliations

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
     

Handouts

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

Printable page for Melissa Owens, LPC

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