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Portland Marriage & Couples Counseling
Bernard McDowell, LCSW

Psychotherapist & Licensed Clinical Social Worker

811 NW 20th Avenue, Suite 104, Portland, Oregon 97209


Marriage Counseling General Orientation
How to Choose a Marriage Counselor
Phases & Stages
of Relationships
When Communication
Isn't Working
Depression Dynamics in Relationships
Anger: Dynamics in Relationships
Advanced Couples Counseling Concepts

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Portland, Oregon

    This site provides indepth articles on marriage counseling and relationship issues as well as links to a variety of other topics related to counseling and psychotherapy. Specifically devoted to marriage (or couples) counseling, this site provides a thorough orientation to counseling for relationship problems whether a major crisis or a minor glitch. 
    If you'd like to ask questions or make an appointment, please call and I'll be happy to speak with you.  (I don't text or email with clients as most questions deserve much more indepth responses and confidentiality than those formats foster). 

    Typically, I'll reserve up to 20 minutes to talk with you.  I invite you to ask any questions you may have; and
I'll also want to hear a little about what you're hoping to address -- to make sure that it's in the domain of my experience and interest. .  There's no need for you to know precisely what questions to ask before picking up the phone.  Part of the reason for such a call may be simply to hear the voice of a therapist and get a sense of whether you feel comfortable with that person.   After 25 years of couples counseling, I don't encounter many issues I haven't worked with before.  There are, of course, always unique aspects to each couple's issues.  So an initial consult is always a good idea. 

    Again, don't hesitate to call.
I don't stand on ceremony.  If it doesn't seem like I'm the right person for you, I'm always happy to refer you to someone.

 Call Bernard McDowell, LCSW at 503-234-9904.
    Service formats:  For the first session, I require couples to come for an initial 80 minute intake session.  After that I'll leave it to you to choose a  50 or 80 minute session.  Two day intensive sessions (4-5 hours per day) may be scheduled - by special arrangement only.  Sessions may be weekly though frequently couples have child care and travel demands that require other arrangements more suitable.
     For articles on other issues related to counseling in general and that often play a critical part in relationships you may wish to go to PortlandTherapist.com, my other site, serving as a complement to this one. There you will find my policies regarding confidentiality including a HIPAA required Privacy Notice indepth articles addressing:

Bernard McDowell, lcsw
811 NW 20th Avenue,

Suite 104,
Portland, Oregon 97209


Located at the corner of 
N.W. 20th and Johnson, Suite 104
Portland, Oregon.

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