Gary Monkarsh, Ph.D

Child & Family Clinical Psychology
Oregon Licensed Psychologist since 1993

14523 SW Westlake Dr., #18 Work: 503-639-9556
Lake Oswego, Oregon   97035 Voice Mail:  
Fax: 503-639-1055
Disabled Accessible: Yes E-Mail:


One-half mile east of I-5/217 junction
One block north of Kruse Way



Clinical Psychology, 1991
Master of Art Counseling Psychology, 1987
Bachelor of Arts Psychobiology, 1983


Training & Certifications:  
Availability: Routine
Affiliations: American Psychological Association
Oregon Psychological Association
American Mental Health Alliance


Variable depending on insurance and ability to pay


Child and Family Therapy

Child/Adult ADD/ADHD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Anger Management

Focus of Practice & Interests

 Couple's Therapy  Parent Counseling
Depression & Anxiety Chronic Health and Medical Conditions

Career Counseling

Spirituality & Psychotherapy

Child and Family Therapy

Child/Adult ADD/ADHD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Anger Management

Background & Experience

Clinical Psychology, Private Practice
Veterans Administration Disability Examiner
 Consulting Psychologist, Jewell School
Kaiser Permanente Postdoctoral Fellowship
Saint John's Hospital APA
Predoctoral Internship
Domestic Violence Clinical Coordinator

Patient & Client Populations Served

 Children  Adults

Orientation & Approach

My first goal as a psychologist is to alleviate suffering, and to prevent suffering in individuals, couples, and families. Developing a trusting therapeutic relationship is an essential step in eliminating suffering in others. In order to reduce suffering, I also utilize a solution focused treatment approach in which I help clients clearly establish therapeutic goals at the beginning of the psychotherapy. I also utilize a multidisciplinary approach, working with physicians, psychiatrists, school counselors, psychologists, and teachers whenever clients approve, in order to expedite the healing process.

I implement a holistic approach whenever I work with individuals, couples, and families. I look at each client’s level of balance in her/his life, with regard to work, school, family, friends, exercise, leisure activity, spirituality, eating habits, sleep patterns, and substance use. I utilize a family systems, humanistic, and cognitive behavioral approach as I work with people to create more balance in their lives.

Once clients have their immediate problems resolved, and have developed more balance in their lives, I also offer longer term therapy for those interested in finding more meaning in their lives. This typically involves issues related to spirituality. For example, I help people learn to live more in the present moment, and to find more acceptance about the circumstances in their lives, whether they are struggling with the death of a loved one, the loss of a relationship or job, or the loss of one’s good health.

I emphasize working with people throughout the lifespan. I work with toddlers and the elderly, and all age groups in between. I respect all individuals, regardless of their age and developmental level. I value clients’ trust when they share their deepest pain regarding the loss of a parent, spouse, sibling, or child. 

Finally, I greatly enjoy having the opportunity to share in a person’s joy regarding major life achievements, such as graduations, weddings, and the birth of a first child.

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