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Stephan Tobin, Ph D

Nixon Ave
West Linn, OR 97068
(503) 699-5534
(near Marylhurst Univ.)
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Usual Office Hours (West Linn):

  • Tuesdays & Wednesdays  9-6

Accepting new clients: Yes

NE Portland

Tillamook Professional Building
2106 NE 40th Ave.
Portland, OR 97212

Usual Office Hours:

  • Thur: 1PM to 9:PM; Fri: 8:45 -12:30 PM

Accepting new clients: Yes

24hr Phone   (503) 699-5534
Fax   (503) 636-0719
E-Mail stephatobin 

Office Settings: Private Practice (solo)

Professional Focus

Over 40 years experience with adults and adolescents in individual, group and couples therapy.

I provide psychodynamic/Relational Gestalt/EMDR therapy with those suffering from early childhood deficits and abuse and those who want an intensive growth experience to become more creative and effective in their lives. Short-term therapy with those dealing with specific issues such as the resolution of depression, the treatment of panic or anxiety disorders, coming to terms with life choice and career issues, working through phobias, PTSD. Working with those who have problems with addiction: drug, alcohol, shopping, gambling, sexual. 

Couples therapy for those who desire to improve their communication skills and improve their relationships. 

I also have had many years experience in teaching, training, supervising and consulting with masters level and doctoral level psychotherapists.

Specialty Training

  • Certification in Gestalt Therapy
  • Previously certified in EMDR therapy

    Telehealth & online Video Therapy

    I offer:

    • Offering telephone therapy 
    • Offering telephone supervision and consultation.
    • Offering video internet therapy and supervision.

      Populations Served

      • Adolescent 15-19
      • Adult
      • Couple
      • Elders
      • Gay
      • Lesbian

      THREE ESSENTIAL PRINCIPLES in my work as a psychologist:

      1. The relationship between therapist and client is the most important factor in successful psychotherapy. I attempt to create a safe environment in which clients experience the support to explore meaningful aspects of their lives.
      2. Each therapy client is unique. Each brings differing needs and unique capabilities. I have a great deal of experience with various therapeutic modalities including Self Psychology, Relational Psychoanalysis, Gestalt Therapy, Intersubjectivity and EMDR, which enables me to tailor a treatment plan to each client's requirements.
      3. I believe that people have within themselves the resources for positive change. My job is to help them discover and learn to use these resources to solve their problems and enhance their growth.

      People have Different Goals in Therapy.

      I work with those who want an intensive growth experience to become more creative and more effective in discovering and reaching their goals, fulfilling their potential, and to improve and expand their relationships with others, their work environments and their communities.

      I use a short-term approach with those who want to deal with a specific problem. The problem might be the resolution of depression caused by traumatic loss, the treatment of panic or anxiety disorders, coming to terms with life choice and career issues, dealing with money problems, or working through a phobia. Phobias could include fear of certain animals, of doctors or dentists, or of leaving the home (agorophobia).

      I find the use of Eye Movement Densitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) a very powerful method for resolving post traumatic stress resulting from severe trauma such as physical or sexual attack, traffic accidents, work-related trauma, or the witnessing of violence. EMDR is also very useful in developing and installing needed resources in people who need help in handling intense emotions comfortably, and in increasing their self-confidence and self-esteem.

      I work with couples to help them understand themselves and each other more fully, to communicate more effectively and to resolve conflict in constructive ways. This results in increased intimacy and the ability to work cooperatively in achieving both joint and individual goals.


      Usual and Customary Fee:

      • Fee for intake is $240, fee per session is $180; 
      • Couples and family: $190
      • I offer a discount for payment at the time of service when there is no requirement for billing or other financial paperwork.

      Education & Training

      Highest Degree Earned: PhD
      Discipline: Psychologist

      • BA at UCLA, MA and PhD at University of Michigan. 
      • Previously EMDR Certified

      Gestalt Certified
      Self Psychology, Relational Gestalt, Intersubjectivity


      Hospital and/or Teaching Affiliations

      • Saybrook Graduate Institute and Research Center
      • Ryokan College. 

      Professional Affiliations / Activities

      • American Psychological Association
      • Oregon Psychological Association
      • Gestalt Therapy Institute of Los Angeles
      • American Mental Health Alliance
      • Humanistic Applied Philosophy
      • Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy