A Basic and Conventional Overview of Christian's Work:

He treats:

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, cyclothymia,
and adjustment disorders with depressed mood.

Addiction related disorders including substance abuse and dependence.

Psychotic disorders including schizophrenia and mood disorders with
psychotic features.

Personality Disorders including borderline personality disorder,
narcissistic personality disorder, avoidant personality disorder, obsessive-
compulsive personality disorder, and others.

Disorders usually first apparent in childhood but found in adults such as
attachment disorders and adult Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity
Disorders (ADHD or ADD).

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.

Uncomplicated bereavement (grieving losses).

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

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:

Solution Focused Treatment
Cognitive Therapies
Behavioral Strategies
Cognitive/Behavioral Therapies (CBT)
Rational Emotive Therapy (RET)
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
Developmental Approaches
Client Centered Therapies
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Psychodynamic and Object Relations
Integrative Therapies
Existential Therapies
Experiential Therapies
Approaches built on Systems Theory
Approaches drawn from Buddhist

Therapy and counseling modalities include

Pairs & Small Groups

Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Trans (GLBT) Friendly
Polyamorous Relationships Welcome

Ages served:

Older adolescents (ages 16 & 17

I will work with younger children if they are a part of family counseling
or otherwise seen along with an adult.

Areas served:

Multnomah County, including Portland and Greshham.
Washington County, including Hillsboro and Beaverton.
Clackamas County, including Lake Oswego and Oregon City.

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 15 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
specialization 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

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 6 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 currently sits on 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

Psychiatrists (MD's):
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 psychotherapy.

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:
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.
Buddhist Psychology and Mindfulness Based Therapy: Drawing from Life, Art & Literature to help you explore and unravel the mysteries which stand between you and your full potential.
820 NW 21st Avenue, Suite B . Portland. Oregon . 97209 . 503-381-2032 . christian@christianwolff.com
CHRISTIAN WOLFF, Psy.A  Portland Psychologist Associate • Psychotherapist & Counselor
Counseling & Psychotherapy for Depression & Anxiety . Marriage & Relationship Counseling for Couples
New Counseling Approaches to Addictions Beyond Those Related to Drugs, Alcohol, & Other Substance Abuse or Chemical Dependency
And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."  
Anais Nin
Christian Wolff, Psy.A. is a
Licensed Psychologist Associate
and has been practicing
psychology for 13 years in the
Portland area. He believes that
human beings have great
untapped potential for being
whatever they wish to be and to
live however they wish to live.
Opportunities to increase joy &
desire while decreasing fear &
disappointment repeatedly
present themselves in every
moment and at every turn.
It's not just about us. It's not just about now.
Human history is rich in anthropology,
philosophy, the expressive arts and much,
much more.
& Also Too
It's not just about psychology.
It is about the full depth &
breadth of human experience
& potential.
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