McCleary III, J.D., Ph.D.
to Someone Who Can Help"
The Lang House
2188 SW Park Place Suite 200
Portland, Oregon 97205
||U. of Md,
||U. of Baltimore,
Psychologist; Law (inactive)
||EMDR, Thought Field
Therapy, Interactive Imagery
EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)
Oregon State Bar
$135 per 50 minute session
||$200 per 75
||Some sliding scale
Psychotherapy and Counseling
and Relationship Issues
Counseling, career issues
Practice & Interests
disorders, trauma, phobias
choice, change, management
and Family Issues
Police, Firemen, Executives
and private law practice
(environmental and litigation)
and meditation instructor
Client Populations Served
(18 to 65 yrs)
orientation and training is quite eclectic, drawing from
cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, developmental, existential
and experiential theory and practices, among others. A 38
year mindfulness meditation practice influences my therapy as well. Since
psychotherapy is collaborative, the specific approach varies with
individuals, but generally focus is placed upon identification of
various problem issues and what can be done about them. The
varied impediments, overloads, and restrictions upon the person's
potential for health and well being as well as the many strengths
available become grist for the mill of resolution and enhancement.
I use some of the newer techniques such as EMDR and Thought Field
Therapy (TFT) and am fairly active in the sessions.
My practice has a
good many attorneys, police, and assorted other professionals who
are experiencing a lot of stress in their careers and lives in
general. Often the main task is resolving and releasing the
emotional overload in various ways, and sometimes a new approach
or even career is a principal consideration. Having
practiced law before returning to school to study psychology I
have some understanding of the pervasive and cumulative wear and
tear of a highly demanding if generally satisfying occupation.
Sometimes the wear on the people I see is quite specifically
related to an overwhelming or even life threatening experience, or
series of experiences. Sometimes it is the fear of
transition when one chapter of life ends and another has not quite
Part of my doctoral
internship training at the Portland VA Medical Center focused on
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and I have remained
interested in treating that disorder. The magnitude of
change achievable can be very gratifying and fulfilling. I
have enjoyed studying and including in my practice some of the
effective newer techniques for dealing with trauma, such as EMDR
Finding tools that make a difference is profoundly satisfying.
Personal problems are
also woven into fabric of our marriages and families and any other
system we live in, and a good part of my training and interests
has also been on relationship enhancement. Part of my
practice includes assisting couples and families. I draw
from experience in my own marriage as well.
I am often asked why I
left law for psychology. Briefly, in the end I'm more
interested in personal growth and development. Even as an
environmental lawyer in the 70's I studied and taught yoga and meditation, and read extensively about the multiple beliefs,
practices and disciplines people have devised worldwide to
maximize happiness and essentially get out of their own way.
I am amazed pretty much daily at the innate power and resilience
of the human spirit, though people do need occasional help
connecting with their own potential, for both healing and growth.
I enjoy my family
(wife , adult son and daughter), tennis, surfing, surf
kayaking, skiing, hiking, photography,
travel, the arts, and the privilege of being able to be of some
help in a very personally meaningful occupation.