Low-Cost Counseling Clinics in Portland:

Portland State University

Lewis and Clark College

William Temple House

Portland Process Work Clinic (formerly River’s Way) 

Owl’s Nest

Open Path Psychotherapy Collective

Native American Rehabilitation Association

Pacific University’s Psychology & Comprehensive Health Clinic

Emergency Lines:

Multnomah County Crisis Line
tel: 503.988.4888

Call to Safety (formerly Portland Women’s Crisis Line)
tel: 503.235.5333

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
tel: 800.273.8255

Trans Lifeline
tel: 877.565.8860

National Domestic Violence Hotline
tel: 800.799.7233 or text LOVEIS to 866.331.9474

The Trevor Project
(crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25)
tel: 866.488.7386

Meditation Groups:

Portland Insight Meditation Community
(in-person and online)

Pause Meditation
(classes and live meditation in-person and online)

OpenSpace Mindfulness
(classes and live meditation online)

Other Professional and Advocacy Services:

African American Provider List (Portland)

Basic Rights Oregon
(working to ensure equality for all LGBTQ Oregonians)

Center for Body Trust (Portland)
(therapy, trainings, and workshops focusing on creating a body-compassionate and weight-inclusive world)

Brave Space, LLC (Portland)
(health care providers and resources for transgender and non-binary children, youth, adults, and their families)

Disability Rights Oregon
(fighting for rights of disabled people)

Wise Heart PDX
(relationship skills building through Non-Violent Communication and Mindful Compassionate Dialogue workshops and classes for individuals and couples)

The Living Breath (Margaret Townsend)

Quality Life Vet Care (Bob Bussa, DVM, CHPV)
(home euthanasia for cats & dogs)



Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening (Joseph Goldstein)

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life (Jon Kabat-Zinn)

Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body (Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson)

Mindfulness in Plain English (Bhante Gunaratana)

Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright)

Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion (Sam Harris)

The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works (Shinzen Young)


Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn’t Designed For You (Jenara Nerenberg) 

Unmasking Autism: Discovering the New Faces of Neurodiversity (Devon Price)

Love and Asperger’s: Practical Strategies to Help Couples Understand Each Other and Strengthen Their Connection (Kate McNulty)

Sincerely, Your Autistic Child: What People on the Autism Spectrum Wish Their Parents Knew About Growing Up, Acceptance, and Identity (edited by Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network)

NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity (Steve Silberman)

Autism on Acid: How LSD Helped Me Understand, Navigate, Alter & Appreciate My Autistic Perceptions (Aaron Paul Orsini)

Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate: A User Guide to An Asperger Life (Cynthia Kim)


Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions (Johann Hari)

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times (Pema Chödrön)

The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT (Russ Harris)

Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life (Steven Hayes) (workbook)

The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety: A Guide to Breaking Free from Anxiety, Phobias, and Worry Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (John Forsyth) (workbook)

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness (William Styron)

The Inflamed Mind: A Radical New Approach to Depression (Edward Bullmore)


The Trauma of Everyday Life (Mark Epstein)

Radical Compassion: Learning to Love Yourself and Your World with the Practice of RAIN (Tara Brach)

Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma (Peter Levine & Ann Frederick)

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma (Bessel van der Kolk)

Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving (Pete Walker)

Relationships and Intimacy:

Wired for Love: How Understanding Your Partner’s Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship (Stan Tatkin)

Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love (Sue Johnson)

Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find–and keep–Love (Amir Levine & Rachel Heller)

Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples (Harville Hendrix)

Intimacy & Desire: Awaken the Passion in Your Relationship (David Schnarch)

Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life (Emily Nagoski)

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert (John Gottman)

Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself (Nedra Glover Tawwab)

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships (Marshall Rosenberg)

Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex (Angela Chen)

Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents: How to Heal from Distant, Rejecting, or Self-Involved Parents (Lindsay Gibson)

Polysecure: Attachment, Trauma, and Consensual Nonmonogamy (Jessica Fern)


Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the 21st Century (edited by Alice Wong)

Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist (Judith Heumann)

Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Oppression and Empowerment (James Charlton)

Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice (Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha)

We’ve Been Too Patient: Voices from Radical Mental Health–Stories and Research Challenging the Biomedical Model (edited by L.D. Green & Kelechi Ubozoh)

The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal (Jonathan Mooney)

Body Positivity / Intuitive Eating:

Intuitive Eating: An Anti-Diet Revolutionary Approach (Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch)

Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight (Linda Bacon)

Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia (Sabrina Strings)

The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self Love (Sonya Renee Taylor)

Racial Healing:

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies (Resmaa Menakem)

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor (Layla F. Saad)

How to Be an Antiracist (Ibram X. Kendi)

So You Want to Talk About Race (Ijeoma Oluo)


Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
(Johann Hari)

In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction (Gabor Maté)

The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is Not a Disease (Marc Lewis)

Recover!: Stop Thinking Like an Addict and Reclaim Your Life with The PERFECT Program (Stanton Peele)

Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction (Noah Levine)

Understanding Cognition and Changing Behavior:

Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory (Deb Dana)

Changing for Good: A Revolutionary Six-Stage Program for Overcoming Bad Habits and Moving Your Life Positively Forward (James Porchaska, John Norcross, & Carlo DiClemente)

The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How It’s Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live–and How You Can Change Them (Richard Davidson & Sharon Begley)

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation (Daniel Siegel)

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)

Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work (Chip & Dan Heath)

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ (Daniel Goleman)

Why Everyone (Else) Is a Hypocrite: Evolution and the Modular Mind (Robert Kurzban)

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions (Dan Ariely)

Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking (Daniel C. Dennett)

Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are (Joseph LeDoux)

The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, and The Making of Culture (António R. Damásio)

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion (Jonathan Haidt)

How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain (Lisa Feldman Barrett)

Human Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge (Gerald Edelman)

Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst (Robert Sapolsky)

The Voices Within: The History and Science of How We Talk to Ourselves (Charles Fernyhough)

Metaphors We Live By (George Lakoff & Mark Johnson)

The Tree of Knowledge: The Biological Roots of Human Understanding (Humberto Maturana)

Entheogens/Psychedelics/Harm Reduction:

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence (Michael Pollan)

The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Thearapeutic, and Sacred Journeys (James Fadiman)

Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Addiction, PTSD, and Anxiety (Rachel Harris)


Man’s Search for Meaning (Viktor Frankl)

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (Miguel Ruiz)

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (Susan Cain)

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art (James Nestor)

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams (Matthew Walker)