Philip Kolba, MA

Philip Kolba, MA

Professions: Clinical Social Work, Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision
Primary Credential: LPC
Verified Credentials
1-800-651-8085 ext. 34143
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Office 1
Portland, Oregon 97221 - United States
Office 2
Forest Grove, Oregon 97116 - United States

Billing and Insurance

Fees: Free 30 minute consultation.
My standard rate is $150 per hour.
I offer discounts if you book 10 or more sessions at once.
I am willing to discuss a sliding scale for those experiencing financial hardships.

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Are you satisfied with the trajectory of your life? Crafting the kind of life you want to live that's enjoyable, fulfilling, and reflective of your true self is challenging for everyone. A counselor acts as a sounding board, guide, mentor, to help you be more effective at reaching your goals and resolving your own struggles.

I work with hetero and LGBTQ individuals, couples, and alternative relationships. People seek counseling for various reasons, which can include resolving problems or improving themselves. I specialize in counseling on personal and professional relationships, to help you learn the necessary skills to direct your future, avoid potential problems, and increase your success and happiness.

Maintaining healthy relationships requires skillful maintenance, without which even innocuous issues can fester into serious conflicts, including resentment, criticism, defensiveness, stonewalling, and distrust. I help you work on the challenges you face today and learn the skills to address challenges in the future.

I see clients online via encrypted video calls. Online counseling means I'm accessible whenever and wherever it's convenient for you, and you can continue to see me wherever your life takes you.

My counseling style is trauma-informed, solutions-focused therapy. The methodologies I use include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical-behavior therapy (DBT), and emotion-focused therapy (EFT). My role throughout is to nonjudgmentally help you reach your goals as effectively as possible through effective research-based psychological strategies.

I offer a free initial consultation so contact me to see if I am a good fit for you.

Email or Call Philip Kolba, MA at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 34143

More Info About My Practice

I have a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Lewis & Clark College and a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Toronto.

I also contribute to the field through research, psychometric tool development, consulting, and peer-review. I have provided psychological consultation for several mental healthcare startups. My previous research was on the development of innovative measurements for fine motor skills, and my current research is on treating tinnitus using a mobile app. I also review for the journal, Ecopsychology.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

The issues I specialize on include:

- Relationship types: monogamy, polyamory

- Sexuality: hetero and LGBTQ+

- Learning skills for developing successful relationships

- Resolving relationship issues: Communication, Conflict resolution, Intimacy and sex, Alternative sexual expressions, Relationship milestones (engagement, marriage, children), Rekindling passions, Family dynamics, Influence of personal histories, Finding the right partner, Feelings of loneliness, Trust, Infidelity.

- The effects of mental health on individual and relationship functioning: Anxiety, Depression, Adjustment disorder, Trauma, Narcissistic personality disorder, Asperger's disorder.

My Role as a Therapist

You are an expert on yourself, I am an expert on psychology and mental health. Counseling involves using both of our expertise to come up with strategies to address problems and improve your functioning.

My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'

I typically do not diagnose except as required for insurance reimbursement. "Mental health disorders" are descriptions of psychological experiences that differ from some idealized average person's category which nobody falls into. Everyone experiences benefits and challenges from their physical, mental, socio-economic characteristics, or their identify, family, culture, geography, or structural societal factors. If there is an issue in your life that you struggle with, I will strive to help you resolve it. I don't need to label something a "disorder" unless it causes harm to you or others.

Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English
  • Polish

Groups I Work With

    Expatriates, LGBTQ+, veterans, Asperger's, teens

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Breakup
  • Communication Problems
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Identity Issues
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Post Traumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Wilderness Therapy

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