Catherine Palmer Counseling, Portland, OR

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Catherine Palmer, MS, MFT, LPC

Catherine Palmer, MS, MFT, LPC

I’m a licensed professional, nationally  certified   counselor  specializing in  helping individuals and couples build better relationships, improve their communication skills, process grief or  trauma, overcome anxiety or depression, and build self esteem.  

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Couple Counseling

Couple Counseling

Couple and Family  Counseling For a more comprehensive description of couple counseling, please visit my website dedicated to relationships:  http://www.marriagecounselinginportland.com Why doesn’t anyone warn us that what was once so great can go so terribly awry?!  Relationship problems are a fact of life and can range from minor communication disconnects to major chaos that leaves the relationship hanging by a thread.  We all bring our own set of behaviors, beliefs, expectations, and communication styles to a relationship.  Sometimes established patterns that were acceptable early on in the relationship just stop working and it becomes necessary to shift to new ways of interacting.  Unfortunately, that isn’t easy to do – couples and families often find themselves entrenched in the same dysfunctional fight cycles again and again.  Instead of bringing people closer together, heart-to-heart discussions end up triggering hurt feelings and further alienation.   Then, when you add any kind of transition, stress, or grief to the equation, these hurtful interactions become more frequent and more intense.  The result is that one or more people spend the majority of their time feeling overwhelmed, misunderstood, frustrated, lonely and confused. As a couple and family therapist, one of my goals is to help people break these 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 and families 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...

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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.