Lee Scher

MA, LPC

Lee Scher
503-998-2297

Lee Scher

MA, LPC

Telehealth Available
Professions: Counsellor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LPC - C2769
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
Fees: $130 per 50 min session
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability

Offices

2123 SE 53rd Ave
Portland, Oregon 97215

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My Approach to Helping

My conviction is that you can afford to trust yourself and make friends with yourself. My job isn't to fix you but to help you understand, trust and honor the person you already are.

If you are struggling with bipolar disorder, anxiety or depression I can help. If you're struggling with chronic and relational ptsd; going through a difficult transition, or looking to find new meaning and inspiration in your life, please give me a call to set up a free consultation.

Here's some reviews I've received from former clients on Yelp:

"Before seeing Lee, I had tried a number of different approaches to therapy--none of which were particularly helpful. Looking for a different direction, I found Lee by accident on the internet. His website was insightful and made me curious about this therapeutic approach. I sent an inquiry about the trauma I had recently experienced and within a day received a very thorough and thoughtful reply. I scheduled an appointment shortly thereafter.

I walked away from every appointment with some new awakening or self-revelation. I kept a journal in my car so I could write down as much as I could after every session. Having never meditated prior to this, I found it to be a very insightful way to feel things that were otherwise locked away. Lee has a unique talent to offer the therapy world. I walked in apprehensive that a meditative approach could actually work. Now I actively tell others about my experiences.

I pick up my journal a lot and read back on the things I learned and I feel forever grateful for the experiences Lee introduced me to, the encouragement he offered, and compassion he had towards all my experiences. Non-judgmental, patient, understanding, and open-minded. A truly great human-being and even better therapist."

-Former client, Portland, OR

"Lee saw me through a failing marraige and helped me to find sound footing post-divorce. Lee's therapeutic approach is different than I have experience in the past. He provided a safe environment to navigate my own path while offering supportive re-direction and tools to create the present and future that I desired. I am most grateful for his gentle yet effective approach through non-violent communication practices which encourage self love and personal growth. I would highly recommend Lee to anyone looking for support and the opportunity for growth in a wide variety of life's challenges." -Former client, Happy Valley, OR

Other appreciations from clients:

"Thank you so much for all your guidance... You have helped me listen to the most important voice of all, my Self."

"...it was your kindness that has made an infinite difference in my life and has allowed me not only to return to my industry... in a position of leadership, but to also begin to like myself and see the possibility of things I didn't see as possible before. Lee, thank you."

"I've come a long way from where I was when I began meeting with you. I'm a lot more comfortable with who I am now...less willing to put up with bad treatment from anyone..."

"I appreciate that you're willing to offer homework and things to try, instead of just listening all the time and not having much of a response... "

"You truly were a blessing during my time of need."

I offer a free 30 min. consultation, so you can meet me in person, talk about the life challenges your experiencing, and get an experience of how therapy can help. If you'd like to meet, please give me a call and leave a message letting me know some daystimes you're available. If you'd like to learn more about my practice first, please visit my website.

More Info About My Practice

As a Contemplative Psychotherapist I believe that:

-Even when you are experiencing distressing symptoms, you remain fundamentally sane and are always the best expert on your own experience.

-A therapeutic relationship characterized by: unconditional acceptance, respect appreciation, empathy, curiosity and honesty can be a powerful catalyst for healing and growth.

--Psychotherapy should be about caring for and honoring yourself, not fixing yourself.

As human beings, we are simultaneously biological, socialemotional, intellectual, and spiritual beings. All of these dimensions of our experience are genuine and deserve attention and care.

-There is no one version of mental health which individuals need to find or conform to. My most important job as a therapist is to be a mirror in which you can appreciate the unique, deeply valuable person you are.

I am friendly to people of all faiths, sexual and gender orientations, and racial, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. My fee is $130 per hr session. If you would like to come to therapy weekly on a regular basis, and your financial means are limited, I may be able to offer you a flexible fee.

I am an Oregon licensed professional counselor, with a masters degree in PsychologyPsychotherapy.I employ the following approaches in my work: Somatic (Body Awareness) Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness-based therapy, Psychodynamic psychotherapy, and Jungian and Buddhist psychology.

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

Bipolar, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, childhood trauma, relational trauma, major life transitions, dark nights of the soul, divorce, midlife transitions, loss, anger, spiritual issues, highly sensitive people, creativity, dreamwork and shadow work, Buddhism and meditation practice, issues around spiritual community, independent spiritual growth

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Here's a little bit about how psychotherapy can help you work with some major life challenges:

Navigating a major loss or transition

Have you ever felt as if the ground was giving way under your feet? Major losses and life transitions can feel painful, disorienting and overwhelming. It's important that you give yourself time to grieve the old life that?s dissolving, adjust to the new realities you're facing, and decide what you really want as you move forward. I can provide you with support and guidance in this process.

Healing from trauma

Trauma causes fragmentation in the psyche. It can leave you feeling confused, isolated, overwhelmed, and cut off from your felt experience and other important parts of yourself. Healing trauma involves:
Reestablishing a coherent, positive sense of self; Reestablishing bonds of trust with other people; Reconnecting with your body and feelings; Reestablishing a coherent sense of your past, present & future.
When the trauma you experienced happened in relationship, learning to trust again can be difficult. But it IS possible to trust, to mend, and to feel whole again. I can help, no matter where you are in the process.

Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    People I work with: rnPeople looking to heal chronic ptsd, relational ptsd. People struggling with bipolar disorder, anxiety or depression. rnPeople in the midst of a big transition (midlife, divorce, career change or loss). rnPeople looking to repair or deepen relationships.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Breakup
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Incest
  • Individuation
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Panic
  • Physical Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trust Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Body Psychotherapy
  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy
  • Depth Therapy
  • Dreamwork
  • Energy Psychology
  • Focusing
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
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