|Christian Wolff, Psy.A, Portland Psychologist Associate • Psychotherapist & Counselor
820 NW 21st Avenue, Suite B. Portland.Oregon. 97209. 503.381.2032. Christian@ChristianWolff.com
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 anxiety.
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 Disorder,
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
Marital and relationship difficulties including counseling for gay,
lesbian, and straight couples, and transgendered, bisexual, and
Difficulties related to loss or change like grief, mourning, and
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 issues.
Coaching which focuses on self-improvement, self-actualization,
and the attainment of specific goals toward personal excellence.
Teaching and education which focuses on the development of new
skills and abilities, sometimes remedial and sometimes advanced.
Other services which include mediation, clinical supervision, and
consultation to business and community organizations.
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 approaches
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 Theory
Experimental and Creative Therapies
Therapy and counseling modalities include:
Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Trans, & Queer (GLBTQ / LGBTQ) Friendly
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 City.
Skype and phone follow-up counseling possible for travelors.
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
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
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 regarding treatment.
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 9 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
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 or
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.
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