A Basic and "Conventional" Overview of Christian's Work:
Anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety, specific
phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive
Compulsive Disorder (OCD), agoraphobia, panic disorders,
social phobia, and adjustment disorders with features of
Mood disorders including various forms of depression and
bipolar depression (also known as manic depression),
dysthymia, and adjustment disorders with depressed mood.
Addiction related disorders including substance abuse and
dependence. In Buddhist Psychology, treatment for many
problems entail the treatment of addiction (attachment to
things which are hard to let go of. See Buddhist Psychology.
Personality Disorders including Borderline Personality
Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder, Avoidant
Personality Disorder, and others.
Christian also counsels people on a wide range of matters
which are not considered disorders by the American
Psychiatric Association including:
Marital and relationship difficulties including counseling for
gay, lesbian, and straight couples, and transgendered,
bisexual, and polyamorous people.
Difficulties related to loss or change like grief, mourning,
Phase of life difficulties (such as those associated with
leaving home for the first time, reaching adulthood, reaching
middle age, and coming upon retirement).
Services Christian offers include:
Psychological treatment including psychotherapy,
psychological assessment and diagnosis, and referrals to
psychiatrists and other mental health providers when
medications or naturopathy may be appropriate.
Counseling including, but not limited to, grief and loss,
marital difficulties, relationship concerns, life changes and
transitions, job and school stress, gender issues, anger
management, family conflict, loneliness and isolation, social
problems, spiritual matters and matters related to political
Coaching which focuses on self-improvement,
self-actualization, and the attainment of specific goals
toward personal excellence. This is sometimes called "Life
Coaching" or "Mentoring."
Teaching and education which focuses on the development
of new skills and abilities, sometimes remedial and
sometimes advanced. This is sometimes called
Other services which include mediation, clinical supervision,
and consultation to business and community organizations.
Link: See Christian's "Services" for examples of services
offered, described in a more natural & creative language.
Approaches to treatment include:
Christian is an eclectic therapist who draws from many
approaches to psychotherapy and counseling designed to
best meet the needs of the clients he sees. Among these
Solution Focused Treatment
Cognitive/Behavioral Therapies (CBT)
Rational Emotive Therapy (RET)
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
Client Centered Therapies
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Approaches built on Systems Theory
Mindfulness Based Therapy
Approaches drawn from Buddhist Psychology
Approaches which integrate elements of Psychodynamic
Experimental and Creative Therapies
Therapy and counseling modalities include:
Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Trans, & Queer (GLBTQ / LGBTQ)
Polyamorous Relationships Welcome
No restrictions on types of loving or sexual relationships
Adults of All Ages
Multnomah County, including Portland and Greshham.
Washington County, including Hillsboro and Beaverton.
Clackamas County, including Lake Oswego and Oregon
"Skype" & Phone Therapy
Video and phone follow-up counseling possible for travelers,
for those in rural areas of Oregon, for those who are
house-bound, for busy professionals & for those who simply
prefer not to travel to my office. Certain conditions must be
Christian's Professional History:
Christian Wolff, like most people, has pieced together a world view
from a variety of experiences. Many of his life experiences have
been in the therapist's office listening to people tell him about what
matters to them most. He has learned much and has come to draw
from a variety of cultural and world views. Christian draws from
eastern and western philosophies, from the philosophies of science,
from the philosophies of religion, philosophies of the affluent,
philosophies of the oppressed, from his formal teachings and from
his continuingly developed skills of empathy, imagination and faith.
Christian Wolff has been practicing as a psychotherapist for over
19 years. He received his Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology
in 1993, but his experience in the delivery of psychological and
counseling services began in 1979 when he became the
Coordinator of Services at the Fone Crisis Center, a suicide hotline
and walk-in center at Kansas State University.
After achieving a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, Christian
worked for over 6 years at a state psychiatric hospital in Topeka,
Kansas. His work there was with adolescents and it was there that
he developed an interest in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder (PTSD) and other disorders related to sexual and
physical abuse in childhood. This lead to special interest in the
treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder and Dissociative
Identity Disorder (also known as DID or Multiple Personality
Disorder). Presently, Christian works primarily with adults and has
intentionally cultivated a general practice based upon his beliefs
From 1997 until 2003, Christian worked as a psychotherapist with
Tualatin Valley Centers (presently known as LifeWorks NW), one
of the best community mental health centers in the Portland area.
There he helped people with problems which ranged from
seemingly simple difficulties such as mild depression to the more
complex disorders such as schizophrenia. Through this range of
experience, Christian has come to see a continuity in the problems
which people face. He is a strong believer in the human spirit and
has been enjoying the expansion of his private practice over the
course of the past 11 years.
In addition to his private practice, Christian has recently worked as
a Supervisor of Volunteers with the Oregon Office of the
Long-Term Care Ombudsman and has worked, through Clackamas
County, with those impaired by severe mental illness. He has also
been a member of the Board of Directors of the American Mental
Health Alliance in Oregon, a national organization dedicated to the
oversight of ethical practice in the fields of mental health.
Types of mental health professionals:
There are many types of mental health professionals. Some people
will find it useful to work with more than one. I've listed the main
types below with some brief descriptions.
Psychologists (Ph.D.'s, Psy.D.'s, Ed.D.'s):
Usually, psychologists have doctoral degrees and are licensed by
the state to practice psychology.
Psychologist Associates (MA's, MS's):
Usually psychologist associates have masters degrees and are
licensed by the state to practice psychology. About 5% in Oregon
are required to practice under supervision, but 95% are advanced
psychologist associates and are licensed to practice psychology
independently and without restriction.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors licensed to prescribe medicine.
Their focus is on mental health medication and most often, they do
not provide counseling or psychotherapy.
Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC's):
Licensed Professional Counselors usually have masters degrees
and are licensed to practice counseling.
Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW's):
Licensed Clinical Social Workers have masters degrees and are
licensed to practice counseling.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP's):
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners have masters degrees in nursing
and are licensed to prescribe medicine. Their focus is on mental
health medication and most often, they do not provide counseling
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists (LMFT's):
Licensed Marriage and Family Counselors usually have masters
degrees and are licensed to practice counseling. Their training has
emphasized marriage and family work.
Case managers usually work through state and county agencies.
In addition to mental health work, they often assist people with
other needs such as housing and transportation when the person
they are helping cannot do these things for themselves. The
training and education of Case Managers vary.
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC's):
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors are certified to provide
drug and alcohol counseling. Certification is different from
licensing. Usually, CADC's have at least a two year associates
degree. A CADC may or may not have one of the licenses
described above and may or may not be qualified to provide other
mental health services.
Some Useful Links:
Suicide & Mental Health Crisis Lines - Staying Alive & Safe
Portland Women's Crisis Line
Social Services Help in Portland - Meeting Your Basic Needs
American Mental Health Alliance - Finding My Therapist Friends
Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians
National Library of Medicine MedlinePlus Health Information
Look for Christian's profile at Psychology Today
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Christian Wolff, MA is a
Associate and has been
practicing psychology for 17
years in the Portland area.
He believes that human
beings have great untapped
potential for being who they
want to be & to live however
they wish to live. He
believes that opportunities
to increase joy & desire
while decreasing fear &
present themselves every
day & at every turn.
We just have to tap into it. But it's not just
about us. It's not only about now.
Human history is rich in anthropology,
philosophy, the expressive arts, and the men
and women who have thought and felt,
expressed and done, things which we can tap
into to find our greatest purpose, and truest
It's about psychology, but not just
psychology. It is about the full
depth & breadth of your personal
experience & potential.
Let's tap in.
Christian is a
International - USA
The American Civil
The U.S. Public
He is active with:
The 2015 & 2016
bodies in medicine,
both clients and
"Discover in all
things, that which
shines and is beyond
Encourage virtue in
whatever heart it
may have been
driven into secrecy
and sorrow by the
shame and terror of
~ William Soroyan, Pulitzer