Resources

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)
(Breathwork)

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

Books

Mindfulness/Meditation:

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)

Neurodiversity:

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)

Depression/Anxiety:

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)

Trauma:

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:

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)

Addiction:

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)

Other:

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)