We specialize in the assessment and treatment of common psychological disorders. Our services are evidence-based, emphasizing techniques that have been shown to be effective in the scientific literature.
Our services start with a comprehensive initial assessment designed to identify your particular needs and make specific recommendations for treatment. The initial assessment includes one or more sessions in which a clinician asks you a variety of questions about the problems you are currently experiencing, other possible symptoms that might be relevant, and your background and context in order to make decisions about appropriate treatment options. The results of the assessment and any resulting treatment recommendations are shared with you in a feedback session. If the assessment reveals difficulties that may be effectively addressed by treatment services we offer at our clinic, then we would discuss a recommended treatment plan at our clinic with you. Referrals to other local mental health care providers may also be made when the results of the assessment indicate that your needs would be better met by services or interventions other than those we provide at our clinic.
Our Services & Fees
All services are currently offered via telehealth using a secure platform.
Use the below links to learn more about the types of mental health services that we offer, as well as information on our fees.
Individual therapy is available to children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing a variety of mental health symptoms. Individual therapy typically includes one 50-minute session per week for 12-16 weeks, where you work collaboratively with your therapist to identify problematic patterns, learn new coping strategies, and improve mood and functioning.
Clients typically complete activities or exercises in between sessions in order to develop skill and independence in dealing with difficulties and improving their quality of life. Specific arrangements regarding the length and frequency of sessions may vary across clients and are collaboratively negotiated with your therapist. We provide evidence-based treatment (primarily Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) for a variety of common psychological disorders, including depression, panic disorder, agoraphobia, social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, PTSD, phobias, sleep problems, trauma and behavioral problems (in children).
Individual therapy services for adults are supervised by Drs. Ruth Ellingsen, Maureen Zalewski, Melynda Casement, and Christina Gamache Martin. Therapy services for children and teens are supervised by Dr. Ruth Ellingsen.
We provide relationship assessments and treatment to many types of couples dealing with a variety of problems and difficulties. We serve heterosexual, gay, lesbian, and polyamorous/non-monogamous relationships at various stages of commitment (i.e., married, cohabiting, engaged, separated). Services start with a careful assessment that involves both partners, designed to answer the question as to whether couple therapy would be appropriate and helpful. Partners are provided with feedback about the assessment as well as treatment recommendations, which may or may not include couple therapy. If couple therapy is not appropriate or indicated, we make other treatment recommendations that better address the current needs of both partners.
We provide Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy (IBCT) for couples who are dissatisfied with the quality of their current relationship. IBCT is an evidence-based approach to treating relationship difficulties that has been shown to be effective in increasing relationship satisfaction. It includes interventions designed to help partners change themselves in ways that improve the quality of the relationship, as well as increase acceptance of inevitable, normative individual differences between partners that have become a source of distress.
Some couples have only recently started experiencing difficulties and decide to seek help. Others have more long-standing problems in their relationship. Couple therapy can be helpful in both cases. Many couples who come to therapy are ambivalent about whether or not to continue in their current relationship, and a thorough assessment can help provide clarity for partners about their commitment to the relationship.
We also provide treatment to couples coping with major demands, stressors, and changes — both expected and unexpected. Our services can help those who have a solid, satisfying relationship, but are struggling to deal with difficult life stressors like a chronic or acute illness for one or both partners (e.g., heart disease, diabetes, or cancer) and feel overwhelmed and concerned about how to support each other through a difficult time. Services can also benefit couples coping with common (yet demanding) transitions in relationships, like becoming parents, retiring, or blending families.
In addition, we provide evidence-based, partner-assisted cognitive behavioral treatments for individual psychological disorders like depression, panic disorder with agoraphobia, and OCD. Couples may or may not be experiencing relationship distress along with one partner’s individual symptoms. Couples therapy services are supervised by Dr. Crystal Dehle.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral treatment, (Linehan, 1993), that is effective for a variety of emotional and mental health issues. At its core, DBT targets emotion regulation, which often underlies aspects of depression, anxiety, eating disturbances, impulsivity, substance use, and challenges in relationships.
Groups meet weekly for a total of 24 weeks (2.5 hour groups). DBT Skills group cover the following modules: Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Groups are run by 2 leaders and include 6 to 12 other group members. DBT skills group is not a ‘process group.’ Rather, clients will learn many skills to help improve their ability to tolerate stress, cope with emotions, interact more successfully with others, and accept painful parts of their lives. To have the most cohesive group possible, we take clients who are committed to staying in the group for all 24 weeks. New group members may attend one session before committing to joining the full group. DBT Skills groups are supervised by Drs. Maureen Zalewski and Christina Gamache Martin.
Fees for clinic services are established using a sliding scale that is based on income. Fees for assessment services and treatment sessions range from $10 to $75 and are due at the time of service. We accept cash and checks, but do not bill insurance. Currently enrolled UO students, active service members, and military veterans pay the minimum fee for assessment and psychotherapy ($10). We are committed to serving all individuals, especially those who typically have limited access to mental health care services, and we never turn anyone away for lack of funds.
To inquire about services or to schedule an initial intake assessment, please use the contact information provided on our Contact page.