Joan E. Starker, MSW, Ph.D.

"Changing crisis into opportunity" 

10175 SW Barbur Blvd., Suite 300B-A Work: 503-246-7332
Portland, Oregon   97219 Voice Mail: 503-246-7332
Disabled Accessible: no E-Mail:


SW Portland
Near Tigard and Multnomah Village



Portland State University
MSW Hunter College School of Social Work
Bachelor of Arts Sarah Lawrence College


Advanced Training &
Certifications: Diplomat in Clinical Social Work, Faculty Development Program in Gerontology
Availability: Routine & Urgent
Affiliations: American Mental Health Alliance - Oregon
North American Menopause Society
Oregon Association for Death Education and Counseling
National Association of Social Workers
Oregon Counseling Association


$90 per session Individuals and Couples
$35 per session Groups


Midlife and menopause Individual psychotherapy and counseling
Grief/Loss Marital and relationship issues

Focus of Practice & Interests

Normal life transitions such as divorce, relocation, midlife, death of a loved one Women's health issues
Creativity Depression and anxiety
Aging issues Coping with chronic medical conditions

Background & Experience

Private practice Clinical and supervisory experience in social work agencies and hospitals
Adjunct faculty member at Lewis and clark College and Marylhurst University Public speaker/workshop facilitator on relocation, midlife, menopause, and managing change
Menopause "expert" for WebMD  

Patient & Client Populations Served

Adult (18 to 65 yrs) Older Adults (65 and up)
Teenage (12 to 18 yrs)  

Orientation & Approach

I have a strong background in psychodynamic psychotherapy as well as family systems and adult development theory and offer both long term and short term therapy. I am deeply committed to building on the strengths of the clients as they cope with difficult life transitions. I provide a safe and supportive place for changing crisis into opportunity.

Personal Comments

I have devoted much of my career to helping individuals understand and cope with normal life transitions. I have over 20 years of experience as a clinician, supervisor and educator in private practice, social work agencies, hospitals, and colleges. For ten years, I taught undergraduate and graduate courses on adult development, midlife and menopause, and women's studies. I have a special interest in providing therapy to individuals struggling with such life changes as midlife, menopause, relocation, divorce, or a death of a loved one. I am also dedicated to helping midlife and menopausal women (individually and in discussion groups) understand the physical and psychological changes and take charge of this natural transition.


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