Kate Leonard, PhD  Katherine M. Leonard, Ph.D.

...helping people to understand, adapt and create solutions based on their individual beliefs and resources"

7412 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, #204 Work: (503) 292-9873
Portland, Oregon   97225-2168 Voice Mail: (503) 292-9873
Web Site www.KateMLeonard.com
Disabled Accessible: Yes    


Raleigh Hills neighborhood
2 miles East of Hwy 217, Beaverton 8 &10 exit
or Sylvan exit from Sunset Hwy 26, south on Scholls Ferry



Counseling Psychology
Master of Arts Counseling Psychology
Bachelor of Arts Design


Training & Certifications: Residency in Medical Psychology
Registered Art Therapist
Clinical Hypnosis
Availability: Routine & Urgent
Affiliations: American Art Therapy Association
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
American Psychological Association
American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
Oregon Psychological Association
American Mental Health Alliance - Oregon
Legacy Portland Hospital


$140 per session (a session is 1 hour)


Individual Psychotherapy & Counseling Health Psychology
Art Psychotherapy Marital & Family Therapy

Focus of Practice & Interests

Coping With Life Threatening
& Chronic Illness
Relationship & Family Issues
Anxiety & Stress Management Guided Imagery
Grief & Loss Creative Development
  Adult Mid-Life Transitions

Background & Experience

Private Individual Practice Graduate Art Therapy  Instructor
Hospital Psychological Consultation Family Therapy Program Coordinator
Cancer Hospital Psychologist Supervision & Staff Consultation

Patient & Client Populations Served

Adult (18 to 65 yrs) Teenage (13 to 17 yrs)
Elders (66 yrs and up) Children (8 to 12 yrs)

Orientation & Approach

Because therapy is a partnership, the process changes according to the needs of each individual.  My focus is to appreciate and understand the beliefs people have about themselves and their world, to help them alter and expand beliefs about their own potential, and to take actions leading to rewarding change.  My role is to bring clarity and perspective when someone feels lost, stuck, confused or on the edge of a creative breakthrough.  Healing helps each of us adapt and create solutions based on our values and resources.  I view psychotherapy as a creative process within a framework of the highest standards of practice.

Personal Comments

Creating a full life and choosing how to respond to life's challenges requires not only imagination, skill and strength, but humor and encouragement. I respect the time and courage it takes to face difficult situations, even with good resources.

My journey began with curiosity about how things work, and I was intrigued by both science and art. I liked math because of the interesting patterns and systems of logic. Different patterns of culture and language also fascinated me, and I lived and studied in Asia. Art, as an expression of transformation, became my favorite medium. I explored painting, pottery and textile design in many cultures. What people create, how they adapt to the circumstances of their lives, and the way they learn to transform themselves - became my primary interest. 

I appreciate how each person chooses to weave the fabric of life. During this process, we all face key events in our lives that are a natural part of being human (love, loss, separation, wellness issues). Although we cannot choose to avoid these, I believe we can learn to create better responses. Whether through work or art or loving relationships, it matters how people express their deep sense of purpose and meaning. Engaging directly in the creative process provides opportunities for exploration, communication and personal healing. 

Throughout my professional career I have worked with art therapy, group process, family systems, mid-life transformations, new career choices, and partnership changes - both in individual practice and in clinics and hospitals. I have over fifteen years of experience working with cancer patients and their families. Working with people who have extraordinary challenges, such as life threatening illness, gives us both a chance to cut through the trivia and focus on the opportunity to live life to its fullest. My job is to provide resources, including humor and encouragement, to those who want to create a full and well-balanced life.


Professional Articles and Papers

On Families With Cancer