Catherine Beckett, LCSW, DCSW

516 SE Morrison St. Suite 310 Work: 503-319-8998
Portland, Oregon   97214
Voice Mail: 503-319-8998
Portland, OR  97214 Fax: 503-546-1020
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SE Portland - Close-in
NE Portland - Close-in, Near Lloyd Center
Degrees: Masters in Clinical Social Work
Bachelor of Arts
Licenses: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Training & Certifications: Diplomate in Clinical Social Work
Availability: Routine. Current office days: Monday, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and Thursday evenings.
Affiliations: National Association of Social Workers (elected member of Oregon Board)
Association for Play Therapy
American Mental Health Alliance - Oregon
Oregon Psychotherapists' Guild
American Counseling Association
Women's Therapy Project Northwest
Teaching affiliation:  University of Portland
Fees: Usual and customary fee for services billed to third-party (such as insurance): $150; $170 for couple/family sessions. Discounted self-pay fee for all sessions: $120.


Life Transitions, Grief & Loss

Depression & Anxiety

Couples, Family & Parenting Issues

Communication & Relationships

Focus of Practice & Interests

School transitions (preschool, elementary, middle, high school and college) 

Health changes or conditions

End of relationship or divorce

Launching of grown children

Engagement, marriage or remarriage

Depression and Anxiety
Grief and Loss

Parenting, step-parenting blended families

Trauma Recovery

Young adulthood/independent life and work

Relationship Struggles

Job loss, career change or work re-entry

Couples and Family Issues

Child/Adolescent Development Issues and Parent Support 

Background & Experience

Current work:

Private clinical practice in Portland, Oregon, providing services to individuals, couples and families. Instructor of counseling courses at University of Portland.

Work history:

National Director of Program and Training, Friends of the Children, OR

Therapist, Caremark Behavioral Health, OR

Instructor of counseling-related courses at institutions including Portland State University, U.C. Berkeley and U.C. Davis Therapist, Hospice and Palliative Care of Contra Costa, CA
Therapist, Youth Education and Support Services, CA  Outward Bound course instructor
Therapist, Carroll County Mental Health, NH

Patient & Client Populations Served

Adults Children and Adolescents
Families Couples

Orientation & Approach

While my education and work has its foundation in psychodynamic and systems therapy, I have extensive training and experience in short-term, strengths-based and solution-focused modalities. My work is guided by the following principles:
  • As human beings, most of us are challenged by change. My aim as a therapist is to work collaboratively with clients who are experiencing difficult changes and transitions.
  • I strive to balance the use of listening and support with actively offering ideas and strategies for clients to consider.
  • Since each client’s needs are unique, I do not have a one-size-fits-all approach. The work is tailored to fit the individual’s concerns, preferences and goals.
  • While acknowledging the influence of the past can be helpful, I believe that counseling must also focus on building strategies for moving forward.
  • Whenever possible, I value communication and collaboration with other involved providers, to ensure well-coordinated treatment.
  • In addition to helping clients reach their counseling goals, I strive to offer them personal and interpersonal tools that will continue to be useful to them long after they have left my office.