Catherine Palmer


Catherine Palmer


Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Professional Counselor - C4193
Billing and Insurance:

I do not work with insurance companies

Fees: $100.00 per 50-minute individual session
$120.00 per 50-minute couple session
Cash, check, credit card, HSA and Flex spending cards accepted


811 NW 19th Avenue, Suite 301B
Portland, Oregon 97209

My Approach to Helping

If your relationship is stagnant, frustrating, or falling apart, I can help. Couple therapy can be very effective when you are working with a therapist who has specialized training in this type of work. I am passionate and skilled when it comes to working with couples. I obtained my Masters degree in Counseling from Portland State University, with a specialty in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy. I have been certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and I have additional, long-term training in Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples, the Gottman Method, Emotion Focused Therapy for Individuals, Internal Family Systems, and Motivational Interviewing.

One of my goals in therapy is to help people break dysfunctional cycles and replace old, worn-out ways of interacting with more intentional and compassionate ones. In addition to teaching new communication and life skills, I help couples expand and reorganize their emotional responses in a way that helps increase empathy and understanding, engenders self-growth, and brings greater intimacy and joy to the relationship. I am happy to work with couples on all ends of the spectrum - from early relationship/premarital counseling, to relationship tune-ups, to rebuilding relationships that are in serious jeopardy, to helping separated/divorced couples navigate challenges.

More Info About My Practice

Indeed, I also work with individuals. I'm skilled at helping individuals who are struggling with grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, lack of motivation, low self-esteem, or self-defeating behaviors. I'm also experienced with working with people who are feeling challenged or overwhelmed by work, finances, and relationship or family issues. Whatever your concerns, we'll work together to improve your life. I am warm and nonjudgmental, yet interactive and engaged. Your time with me will provide a safe space to explore your personal goals, gain insight on what is most meaningful to you, and work around any difficulties that may be holding you back or dis-empowering you.

I would love to be able to work with you as an individual interested in improving your relationship with yourself or with another, as a newly bonded couple looking to improve your communication skills, or as a couple/family who is, perhaps, feeling frustrated and hopeless as you struggle to hold your bond together. I believe that one person has tremendous power to change the dynamics of their interpersonal interactions, so even if your partner isn't interested, or your family members refuse to join you in therapy, there is still a lot you can do.

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

My specialties include relationship problems (poor communication, lack of affection, betrayal, lack of intimacy, parenting, etc), anxiety (including social anxiety), depression and sadness, family of origin issues, trauma, low self esteem, lack of motivation, and grief. I can help you rediscover forgotten aspirations, reconnect with your true self, work through challenging emotions and/or relationships, reframe your fears and obstacles, and find more joy and contentment in your life. If you're interested in opening up to a world of new possibilities, I'm here to help.

In addition to my counseling background, I have a Ph.D. in Science. I teach Biology (Allied Health) at Portland State University, and have discovered that my knowledge of both psychology and biology provides me with unique and powerful tools as a counselor. In fact, I strongly believe in the interpersonal neurobiology concept of 'inspire to rewire' the brain via a supportive and nurturing therapeutic relationship.

I have been able to help many individuals, families, and couples create healthier, more satisfying relationships with themselves and others. It is a profound experience to witness the ways in which people are able to overcome their struggles and empower themselves. It brings me great satisfaction to be able to help others make permanent positive changes in their lives and in their relationships. I grow and learn from each of my clients and have the utmost respect and admiration for th

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

Am I the right therapist for you? This is a very important question because finding the right therapist will have a tremendous impact on your comfort level and success. The best way to find out is to start a conversation, so please contact me today. Whatever happens, you'll be one step closer to living a more powerful, passionate, and authentic life.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Hoarding
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Control Mastery Theory
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
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