Debra Schnack MA, LMFT, Counseling in Portland, Oregon, 97209

Debra Schnack


Debra Schnack


Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - T1194
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $120hr Individual therapy
$120hr family or couples therapy
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


811 NW 19th Avenue
Suite 301-A
Portland, Oregon 97209

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My Approach to Helping

I am an interactive Marriage and Family Therapist who works with individuals, families, couples, and teens. I use a strength-based theoretical approach to provide the best possible support to my clients. My goal is to give good, practical feedback to help my clients gain insight into long-standing communication patterns.

I believe that therapy can result in a number of benefits, a few which include: (1) a better understanding of your personal goals and values, (2) improved interpersonal relationships, and (3)a helpful resolution to the problem(s) that led you to initially seek therapy. With sensitivity, compassion, and humor, it is my hope that we can work together to discover your strengths and find the solutions you've been seeking.

More Info About My Practice

We will establish your fee before the first session begins. I am available for appointments during weekdays and evenings (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday), as well as Sunday mornings.

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

Long-lasting, successful relationships can be hard work and I believe it is an act of faith and bravery for a couple to acknowledge that a problem exists and make the conscious choice to work with a therapist. Their willingness and commitment to growth is an investment with many benefits.

My primary approach is using the techniques of Emotionally Focused Therapy. As an EFT therapist, I encourage couples to express their actions and emotions in a secure, non-judgmental environment.

I also work from a systems perspective, which supports the idea that problems between a couple are best treated by changing the way the "couple" works rather than trying to fix just one person in the relationship. My goal is to help them restore their relationship to a better and healthier level of functioning without either partner having to breach their core values, dreams or deeply held beliefs.

I am an EMDR-trained therapist (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and have used this technique when working with clients who are suffering from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post traumatic stress, and other emotional problems. In the past, these conditions were difficult and time-consuming to treat. EMDR therapy can often help the client heal more rapidly and provide lasting relief for many types of emotional distress.

After using EMDR in one or more sessions, clients have said they feel as if a heavy burden has been lifted from their shoulders. Many people have been held back for years by unresolved issues that have kept them from enjoying their current life. EMDR has demonstrated dramatic and lasting results and is backed by research, as well as by individuals who have experienced the results.

I remain up-to-date with my clinical training in EMDR by attending workshops throughout the country, attending local EMDR monthly meetings, and receiving clinical consultation by certified EMDR consultants.

Brainspotting is a relatively new form of treatment that taps into the body's innate ability to heal in order to reduce and eliminate the impact of unresolved trauma, negative beliefs, and emotional distress. It accomplishes this by using a unique and powerful combination of specific eye positioning and bilateral auditory stimulation (music).

Developed by Dr. David Grand just over a decade ago, Brainspotting is based upon the idea that what's going on inside our brain is directly related to where we focus our eyes. To quote Dr. Grand, "Where you look affects how you feel." That's the foundational premise - the motto of this powerful modality.

Dr. Grand discovered that there's a very specific and intimate relationship between our brain and our eyes. Whenever we visually scan our surroundings for information, we're also scanning our brain for our thoughts, ideas, and emotional responses. We may also be scanning our brain to find where repressed memories and feelings (related to something traumatic or distressing) are stored.

Many experts in the area of trauma treatment believe that when overwhelmed by something traumatic or deeply distressing, the emotional 'charge' or memory from that event becomes stored or trapped in our body. We're often unaware that this has even occurred, but our brain is altered as a result. It can cause problems on all levels - emotionally, mentally, and physically.

Brainspotting is designed to discover, dislodge, and ultimately release that trapped energy so it no longer causes problems in our life.

Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Couples, Families, Victims of Crime, PTSD, EMDR, Brainspotting

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Irritability
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Esteem
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Women's Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Brainspotting (BSP)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Relational Psychotherapy
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