I would like to collaborate with you to reach your goals, using my wealth of training and learning from experience. Licensed in clinical social work and board certified as a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst, I have maintained a private practice in Portland, OR since 1983. I work with adults of all ages and stages who are seeking more satisfaction in their significant relationships and career lives. I also offer clinical case consultation to other mental health professionals.

I am on the faculties of the Oregon Psychoanalytic Institute (OPI) and the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program, (PPP) aspects of Portland’s Oregon Psychoanalytic Center (OPC). At OPC, I teach mental health professionals how to develop their psychotherapy skills and abilities. I have participated in a number of OPC committees to develop programing; especially notable was my experience as founding chair of the award-winning “Arts on the Couch Program.” With performing art’s venues in Portland, we mentored development of speakers and facilitators of discussions that followed a live performance. I found it deeply satisfying to realize a programming vision with others that combined creative processes with psychoanalytic wisdom. This year, I will be teaching a seminar to residents and fellows at OHSU about psychodynamic case writing.

The inspiration behind my present work with adults across the lifespan encompasses my early career focus in developing the potential of children and adolescents, as well as of their parents to become more effective. Early in my post-graduate career, I consulted to teachers and school guidance departments in the Portland Metro area. I have been a therapist in residential, outpatient, and psychosomatic/inpatient settings. I was a play therapist for children in the early years of private practice. Simultaneously, I was a graduate program supervisor and lecturer in the counseling and social work graduate schools at Portland State University.


American Psychoanalytic Association, Board Certified

San Francisco and Oregon Psychoanalytic Institutes
Candidate in adult psychoanalysis.
Graduated: 2005.

Adult Psychotherapy Study Group, Oregon Psychoanalytic Society

Child Play Therapy Study Group, Oregon Psychoanalytic Society

Study Group: Multi-generational Family of Origin Therapy with Couples
David Freeman, DSW, UBC

Smith College School of Social Work: Doctoral Candidate.
Internship, Judge Baker Guidance Center, Boston, MA.
Outpatient mental health clinic serving Caucasian and African-American  children/parents.

Advanced Clinical Social Work Fellowship, Judge Baker Guidance Center and Children’s Hospital Medical Center, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Boston, Ma. In-patient psychosomatic unit for infants through late adolescence.  Child clinician, case team manager, co-family therapist.

MSW, Portland State University, Portland, OR:
Community Mental Health Project, NIMH Grant recipient.

Professional Experience

Private Practice
Current Focus: Adults across the lifespan since 1998. In earlier years, focus: child play therapy and adult/parent psychotherapy. Psychodynamic approaches to short-term or long-term work, including psychoanalysis. 1984-present.

Oregon Psychoanalytic Center, Portland, Or:
On faculties of Oregon Psychoanalytic Institute, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program and Continuing Education Divisions. Served on Continuing Education and Curriculum committees, currently Chair, Community Outreach Program. 2001-present.

Portland State U, Portland, Or: Locum Tenens Professor, Department of Counselor Education:
Taught courses and supervised graduate students.1982-83. Field instructor, School of Social Work; instructor in Continuing Education Division and Haystack Summer Seminars teaching Environmental Dance. 1976-80.

Mental Health Consultant, School Mental Health Program, Multnomah County, Oregon;
Provided short-term psychotherapy, case and systems consultation, crisis intervention to pre-school through 12 grade youth, their parents, and teachers; age range from pre-school to adolescents in urban/suburban, Headstart through public high school settings. Supervised social work and psychology master’s level interns. Taught workshops in human development, parenting skills, step parenting, stress management. 1977-81.

Forest Grove Public Schools, Forest Grove, Oregon:
Developed and implemented Child Development Specialist Programs for district involving consultation with public school teachers and administrators in sociologically diverse rural or small town settings. Provided systems and case consultation, teacher training, short-term therapy, and case management. Served on the CE and  Curriculum Committee, was Chair Community Outreach, and a Board Member. Executive Committee 1976-77.

Licensing and Professional Organizations

American Psychoanalytic Association: Board Certified
International Psychoanalytic Association
Oregon Psychoanalytic Center
American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work (Board Certified Diplomate)
Oregon License #665 (LCSW)
Academy of Certified Social Workers
Oregon Association of Social Workers