Catherine Palmer Counseling, Portland, OR

About Me

About Me

My life is guided by the belief that all living things have value and deserve compassion.  I’m originally from the Midwest, but I moved to Oregon in 1994    to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Environmental Science

I then went on to get my Ph.D. in molecular biology and worked as a research scientist for a few years.  I eventually discovered that, although I love science, my life was becoming consumed by my  career, which  wasn’t as meaningful as I wanted it to be.  It was at that point that I decided to dial back on science and pursue something I felt more passionate about.



I obtained my Masters degree in Counseling from Portland State University, with a specialty in Marital, Couple and Family Therapy, which has enriched my life.   I have been certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and I have additional, long-term training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples, Emotionally Focused Therapy for Individuals, Internal Family Systems, and Motivational Interviewing.  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 their courage and commitment to heal.



I taught Biology (Allied Health) at Portland State University for over ten years and I’ve 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.



The things I believe most in include family/friends, animals, nature, love, compassion, and kindness.





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Specializing in helping with depression, anxiety, grief, low self-esteem, family of origin issues, trauma, and couples therapy, marriage counseling and family counseling.