Kate McNulty, LCSW

Kate McNulty, LCSW

Telehealth Available
Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW - 1201
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: $220-260 per session.
Evening Availability


4110 SE Hawthorne
Portland, Oregon 97214

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My Approach to Helping

If you are looking for practical help, I may be a good fit. I like teaching concepts and skills to people, and usually have some tools or ideas to offer. At the same time, when we incorporate our imagination and creativity together, and approach this as a collaboration, that kind of relationship is what is likely to give you lasting and satisfying results. I work especially well with people who are looking for a blend of talk therapy, focus on the body and sensation (to better understand emotions) and just having a place to discuss deep concerns about the state of the world and how we can live lives with meaning, conscience and integrity. This type of therapy is sometimes described as existential: figuring out your own answers to why we are alive and what matters to you. I especially love to help people make connections with community resources, so they can find support and kindred spirits companionship outside the therapy work we are doing.

More Info About My Practice

I have had a great deal of experience as a therapist. My broad knowledge base of approaches to therapy includes mindful awareness and solution-focused techniques; I also provide coaching services, which offer you an opportunity to get some useful information without necessarily having to be a "therapy patient". Using therapy at times is a way to live a more thoughtful and aware life. I tend to be direct and to give a great deal of feedback. I also rely a lot on modeling; giving you examples and specific wording about how you might handle difficult conversations or interactions. I don't necessarily know the right way for you to handle things, but I give you something to react to and then you can choose your own way.

What I Usually Need to Know to Help

I want to know what new clients are hoping to achieve in therapy and what they have tried in order to address their problem on their own. It is helpful to hear the client's own ideas about why they have the problems or issues they are grappling with. What is getting in the way or preventing them from doing things they way they want to? If a new client can tell me what has worked in previous therapies, or what has been unhelpful about prior attempts at therapy, that is also useful so I know what approaches to avoid.

Eventually, I listen for information that might be relevant about their learning style, strengths, beliefs and values, as well as whatever relevant family or personal history informs and influences our work together.

Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance

The most reliable and solid research available about the effects of therapy shows that the quality of the relationship between therapist and client determines the results and the potential benefit of therapy. I use feedback forms developed by an academic research team that studied this concept and offer them to clients at each session. They only take a few seconds to complete and most people like using them. Whether clients choose to use the forms or not, we find a comfortable way to keep tabs on your satisfaction and the results we are getting. That way we make sure that our conversations are useful to you and that we keep steadily moving toward whatever goals you seek to achieve.

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Supervision and consultation with therapists around relationship concerns, Complex concerns of couples such as infidelity or lack of sex in a marriage, Adults dealing with dating in a healthy and effective way, Work with sexual minorities including polyamorous relationships, Partners or individuals dealing with sexually unconventional or "kinky" behavior, Experience with and curiosity about multicultural concerns

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family Problems
  • Fertility Issues
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Worry

Types of Therapy

  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy (CDOI)
  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Constructivisim
  • Depth Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Focusing
  • Gottman Method
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Systems Theory /Therapy

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