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Portland Child Psychologists

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Stronger Clackamas
from 22 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Courtney L.
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Travis is a joy to train with. His energy and vitality are contagious, even when he's pushing you past your limits. He helped me lose more than 40 pounds after the birth of my second child, and I am very grateful for such an enjoyable and knowledgeable trainer to help me on that journey. I learned a lot, I laughed a lot, and if we still lived in Clackamas you can bet I'd still be training with Travis.

  • 4 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Diane J.
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I came to Cheryl for child abandonment and other issues relating to my early childhood. I have never had any type of therapy before, and with Cheryl’s calm presence, I immediately felt very comfortable. She carefully listened to what I was experiencing, and soon recommended a course of treatment which included visualizations and regression therapy. Cheryl helped me immensely with all my childhood issues I am now the happiest I have ever been. She is highly trained and very knowledgeable in her field, and I highly recommend her!

Lightworks Therapy
from 8 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Kortnie S.
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I have been working with Terry for the past couple of months, both on my own and with my husband. She has been very helpful in teaching me more efficient ways to communicate with my partner. I have found that a lot of problems that come up in my relationship are caused by events that happened when I was a child. She has helped me to work through these problems and I have noticed a huge difference in the way I view things. She is amazing!

  • 4 years in business
Nici S.
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Working with my counselor Jeannie has helped me with the challenging situations in my life regarding relationships and specific guidance that I truly needed. She is a true professional. The advice and processes rendered have been outstanding and validating, and I would recommend her services to everyone who needs sound professional effective relationship, family, child, and adolescent counseling and guidance. I was so impressed with her courtesy, thoughtfulness, understanding, and useful ideas and methods. She goes above and beyond. I continue use her services. She is definitely the best counseling I have ever had.

Gregory Devore, Ph.D
from 1 review
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Brian U.
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As a psychologist I worked with Dr. Devore in a managed care setting where I got to know his abilities and personality well. He brings a great deal compassion and dedication to his patients and has outstanding skills that lead to change and healing. I would happily recommend that anyone seeking psychotherapy consider working with Dr. Devore. -Brian Uhlin, PhD, Clinical Psychologist.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

I have lived and worked in the Portland Metro area since 1995 after spending my childhood and undergraduate years on the East Coast. During this time, I have worked in both the private and public sectors, with children, adults and families. I work with clients and families with struggles including; relational difficulties, family conflicts, mood disorders, self-esteem, anxiety and the effects of trauma. I also work often with those who are seeking overall peace, mastery and true meaning in their life. I assist clients with building hope and learning safe ways to cope and function so they can find their own success and truth as individuals, partners and/or family systems. My passion is to help clients feeling stuck to explore and create new solutions when others have not worked. I have worked for many years with children, adults and families who have struggled with complex and long term mental health needs often combined with substance use and abuse and or/trauma. I have long term experience working with families who have come together through foster care or adoption. I also enjoy supporting adolescents/young adults with developing and practicing successful transitions to adulthood and independence. My overall therapeutic approach is based in mindfulness and awareness building techniques. I also integrate a wide variety of other approaches depending on the individual needs of each client. These approaches include; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy techniques, Family Systems Theory, CBT, Attachment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Collaborative Problem Solving emotionally-focused techniques and trauma-based approaches. In my role, I support clients with identifying the source of struggles, and learning effective ways to manage symptoms and develop their own meaning of success. I support clients in defining and honoring their individual needs, beliefs, values and goals. I aim to provide a space for them to explore what is and is not working and to develop tools that assist them in moving toward a better overall quality of life. I work with clients to provide them a safe space to check in, explore and process life's struggles. Over the years, I have been able to build strong relationships with community mental health providers, state agencies, educational and court systems in Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas Counties. I have worked directly with providers at many levels of care including day treatment, psychiatric residential, and state hospital. My years of experience include working with clients from a wide array of backgrounds including; cultural and sexual minority groups, clients from a variety of religious and economic backgrounds, and clients who have experienced significant trauma.


As a licensed professional counselor, I work with growing people of all ages! My special area of interest is in working with children, teens and their families to strengthen their relationships, create positive change and promote personal growth. My work is collaborative, respectful and creative. You may be considering counseling for yourself or a family member for a number of reasons which include the following: * anxiety * depression * learning issues * behavior concerns * parenting support * trauma and PTSD * life transitions * relationship support I offer a range of services including individual therapy, family and couples' therapy and group therapy. I see clients and their families in two convenient locations. I work with insurance and will gladly bill out of network for those whose panels I am not on.


I perform general psychotherapy and counseling for adults and couples. I am SCEH-certified consultant in hypnosis with an active commitment to excellence. I am also an AASECT-certified sex therapist.


Specializing in working with teenagers who engage in self-harm behaviors (cutting, burning, etc.), I coordinate with family and other professionals to provide the most opportunities for support and success. My clients experience a safe, grace-filled environment. Parents gain understanding and support in helping guide their teens to make the most of their relationships and academic endeavors.


We all face challenges in life. By taking time to face our inner worlds, we may begin to quiet the past and change how we meet the future. Psychotherapy is one of the most effective ways to facilitate personal change. It can be challenging at times, but in return, therapy offers the possibility of real and lasting change which is my goal with every client. My work is grounded in interpersonal process and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapies; but over the years, I have been greatly influenced by systems theory, ecotherapy, and mindfulness-based approaches. Technical jargon aside, what you need to know is that I take a collaborative, mindful and open approach to therapy. I see the client as my partner in exploring his or her unique personal world, and I encourage participation in defining problems and setting goals. Throughout this process, I remain open about my observations, and I treat clients with respect and dignity. My practice is built on an appreciation for the uniqueness of each individual. As a result, I work very effectively with clients from diverse cultures, lifestyles, and belief systems. I specialize in helping clients understand and resolve the barriers that prevent them from living happy, healthy lives. These barriers include such things as the following: - Anxiety - Panic - Depression - Relationship issues - Grief and loss - OCD - Adjustment issues - ADHD - Addictions - Anger - PTS - Trauma

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What is a psychologist?

A psychologist is a professionally trained mental health professional who helps patients navigate challenging life situations or mental health issues. To become a psychologist you must earn a doctoral degree; qualifying degrees include a Ph.D., Psy.D. or Ed.D. To actively practice, a psychologist must be licensed in their state and maintain good standing. Psychologists are trained to administer tests that can evaluate a patient’s cognitive strength and weaknesses, intellectual skills, vocational aptitude and preference, personality characteristics, and neuropsychological functioning, explains the American Psychological Association (APA).

A psychologist meets with patients in an office and may work with a variety of methods, depending on patient need, such as cognitive, behavioral or interpersonal.  According to the APA, common reasons a person may visit a psychologist include:

  • Dealing with depression, anger or anxiety over a long period of time.
  • Help with a chronic condition that is interfering with their lives or physical health.
  • Help with grieving and other abrupt transitions.
  • Overcoming addictions.
  • Managing chronic illness.
  • Breaking old and harmful patterns of thinking or behavior.

What are the types of psychologists?

Psychologists are healthcare professionals who use scientific methods to understand the relationships between the brain, environment and behavior. Psychologists may focus on research — studying how the brain and various environments drive behaviors to better understand the issues that trouble patients and society as a whole — or they may focus on practice — interacting with people using therapeutic methods. The American Psychological Association shares some of the more prevalent types of psychologists:

  • Clinical psychologists assess and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.
  • Cognitive and perceptual psychologists study human perception, thinking and memory.
  • Community psychologists work to strengthen the abilities of communities, settings, organizations and broader social systems to meet people’s needs — such as improving support for victims of natural disasters, or working to improve health policies.
  • Counseling psychologists help people understand and take action on everyday issues, career and work problems, and serious adversity.
  • Developmental psychologists study the psychological development of the human being throughout life.
  • Educational psychologists concentrate on how effective teaching and learning take place.
  • Engineering psychologists conduct research on how people work best with machines.
  • Environmental psychologists study the dynamics of how people interact with their environments.
  • Evolutionary psychologists study how evolutionary principles such as mutation, adaptation and selective fitness influence human thought, feeling and behavior.
  • Experimental psychologists study cognitive processes, comparative psychology (cross-species comparisons), and learning and conditioning.
  • Forensic psychologists apply psychological principles to legal issues.
  • Health psychologists specialize in how biological, psychological and social factors affect health and illness.
  • Industrial/organizational psychologists apply psychological principles and research methods to the workplace to improve productivity, health and the quality of work life.
  • Neuropsychologists and behavioral neuropsychologists explore the relationships between brain systems and behavior.
  • Quantitative and measurement psychologists focus on methods and techniques for designing experiments and analyzing psychological data.
  • Rehabilitation psychologists work with stroke and accident victims, people with mental disabilities, and those with developmental disabilities caused by such conditions as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism.
  • School psychologists assess and counsel students, consult with parents and school staff, and conduct behavioral interventions when appropriate.
  • Social psychologists study how a person’s mental life and behavior are shaped by interactions with other people.
  • Sport psychologists help athletes refine their focus on competition goals, become more motivated, and learn to deal with anxiety and fear of failure around competition.

How much do therapists cost?

If you are experiencing a challenging time, have mental health difficulties, or just want professional guidance as you move through life, a therapist can provide relief, tools and structure. The national average cost for a therapist is $80-$100 per hour, although prices may be higher or lower depending on geographic location and the experience and training of the therapist.

Psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed therapists are all health professionals who offer various modalities of therapy. Ask questions about the type of therapy they specialize in (such as cognitive or behavioral, etc.) and their area of expertise (such as grief, anxiety, body image disorders, etc.) to help you find the right fit for your needs. Therapy sessions are typically 50-60 minutes long.  The patient usually meets with the therapist in their office; sessions may also be held remotely (via Skype, etc.) or in a clinical setting. Psychologists, psychiatrists and other therapists who have earned advanced degrees will typically charge higher rates than other licensed therapists. Depending on your diagnosis, your health insurance may cover your therapy costs.

Can a clinical psychologist write prescriptions?

To be able to write a prescription, a clinical psychologist must practice in a state that permits them to do so, and must either have a master’s degree in psychopharmacology or have completed the required advanced training program. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), five states currently permit psychologists to write prescriptions: Idaho, New Mexico, Illinois, Iowa and Louisiana. Many psychologists who are not able to write prescriptions work in partnership with psychiatrists, pediatricians or primary care doctors to help their patients who need medication.

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