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This world is hard.
We get through it together.
Therapy can help.

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These are some of the people I work with:

  • Adult survivors of childhood
  • So many queers and so many trans people
  • People who have a lot of feelings, even if they often hide them
  • People who are ready to process trauma and hard life experiences
  • People who want to talk about the hard stuff, even if that scares them
  • People who try to find ways to resist, even if they don’t see a path forward
  • People who want a better world and are trying to figure out how to live in this one
  • People who hate diet culture, even if they don’t feel positive about their own bodies
  • People who deeply value relationships and community, even if they’re isolated heartbroken, and struggling to figure out how to relate
Diagnostically, I’m strongest with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression/mood disorders (including the bipolar spectrum), anxiety disorders, phobias, and (increasingly) obsessive-compulsive disorder. I’m probably not a good fit if a different diagnosis is why you’re seeking therapy, but I might still have something to offer you if it’s a smaller part of the puzzle
And while it’s not my life experience, I'm determined to be there for trans women, transfemmes, QTBIPOC / queer and trans people of color, and queer and trans survivors of homelessness. I really value your considering putting your trust in me as a counselor and will do my best to do right by you.
Colette Gordon queer and trans Licensed
As for me, I’m Colette Gordon, LPC (they/them). I'm a white queer and trans counselor. I hold a master’s degree in Professional Mental Health Counseling from Lewis & Clark College. I am licensed through the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists (#C5032).

Based on my experiences on both sides of the couch, I believe in the power of counseling. I think that when we find a great counseling fit, it can make living in this world at least a bit better, it can energize and empower us, and it can support meaningful changes in our lives. I am driven to engage in struggle for collective liberation and I am committed to supporting the hell out of each other along the way.

Learn more about my approach by clicking here.
Contct, Location & Access
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contact, location + access

I can meet with you in-person (wearing masks) or over video.

My office is located at Keystone Commons:
631 NE 102nd Avenue
, Portland, OR 97214.

There is an ADA parking space and an ADA bathroom. There are no stairs in my part of the building. All bathrooms are single-stall and non-gendered. My office includes a sturdy couch, a heating pad, and a variety of things to fidget with. If you have questions or access needs that I have not addressed here, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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frequently asked questions

frequently asked questions
  • What if I just need a letter/assessment for gender affirming surgery?
    I regularly provide surgery assessments and letters for people who are 18 and older. If you are only seeking to meet for that, I can generally get you scheduled. If I am able to bill your insurance, I charge your co-pay. Otherwise there is no fee. Things are shifting in the requirements around trans health care. Your primary care provider or other medical provider may be able to conduct the assessment (in addition to submitting the specialist referral). If that’d be easier for you: 1. Check with them to see if they are able to do that then 2. Contact your insurance and/or the surgical department/trans health program where you are seeking care to verify that this meets their requirements Standards are also shifting away from requiring two assessments/letters for lower surgeries. Before seeking a second letter, you may prefer to ask your insurance provider and/or talk to the surgical department/trans health program where you are seeking care if a second letter is required.
  • What ages do you work with?
    I only work with legal adults. So 18 years and older only unless you're emancipated.
  • Do you work with couples? Families? Other relationships?
    I only work with individuals. It's just my specific focus. If you have other people who are down to go to therapy with you, relationship/couples/family counseling could be a great option.
  • What if my job is making me miserable?
    Well it’s not you, it’s capitalism. And probably other forms of oppression intersecting with that. I believe that if someone has hiring and firing power over you and you rely on that paycheck to afford the things you need to survive, that is a fundamentally unsafe situation. It’s also what almost all of us are living through and regularly comes up in therapy. It can be hard for me to figure out how to address this in therapy. So if your job is the main thing that’s bringing you to therapy, I think you’ll be better served by someone else. What I can offer around work feels small and any progress is generally an uphill battle: If some of your personal “stuff” is coming up at your job, I might be able to help you with that. That said, I am cautious about approaching a job as a safe enough place to work on personal growth. I can help you try to challenge the boss in your head: things like judging yourself around performance and putting even tougher expectations on yourself than are already there. I might be able to help you feel less defined by your job, think through how you want to relate to work, and prioritize other parts of your life. And I am here to support you around any sort of worker organizing or other trouble you decide to get into. Of course there are a lot of challenges there too, but I think the ways therapy can help you be in relationship with others has something to offer to organizing.
  • What does this cost? Can you bill my insurance? *
    I offer a discounted rate of $125 when I can’t bill your insurance or you don’t want them involved in your therapy. I am able to bill most Health Share (OHP), First Choice Health (including Kaiser Added Choice), and PacificSource insurance plans. If you have out of network benefits, I can generally bill your insurance as an out of network provider. Having insurance pay for therapy means your insurance company gets involved in your therapy. Insurance coverage is dependent on your symptoms and our work meeting medical necessity criteria, including diagnosis. We’ll talk about that more if we work together. If you won’t be using your insurance or will be using out of network insurance benefits, please see the No Surprises Act PDF at the end of this site for information about your rights and protections as a healthcare consumer.
  • Are you taking new clients?
    It varies when I have openings and I am not able to keep this site up to date with those changes. That said, do reach out if you're interested. I'm good about getting back to folks either way.
  • I want to work together. What's my next step?
    Just email, text, or call. I do my best to respond within a couple of business days (Monday-Thursday). If you're looking at ongoing therapy and I have openings, we'll plan a time to talk about what you're looking for and what I offer before scheduling an appointment. I look forward to hearing from you!
  • What if I need support right now?
    Below are some local resources. Click on the underlined name to access the website and up-to-date information. Please be aware that staff/volunteers may contact 911 if there is imminent risk. They may also report suspected abuse of children, elders and vulnerable adults. And if a crisis team comes to assess someone in person, they may bring police. These are very reasonable things to ask about and staff/volunteers should be prepared to answer your questions. Contact the Multnomah County Crisis Line, 24/7, at 503-988-4888. Cascadia Urgent Walk-In Clinic provides in-person services without an appointment Click here for Clackamas County crisis line Click here for Washington County crisis line Click here for Clark County crisis line Trans Lifeline Peer support by and for trans, non-binary, and questioning folks. Racial Equity Support line Staffed by and for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Call to Safety Support focused on intimate partner, domestic and sexual violence. The Trevor Project Support for LGBTQ+ young people (25 years old and younger). Rose City Resource Search for local resources.
* Learn about your rights and protections against surprise medical bills (the No Surprises Act) by downloading the PDF below:
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