Standish McCleary III, J.D., Ph.D.

"Talk to Someone Who Can Help"

The Lang House

2188 SW Park Place Suite 200 Work: (503) 228-0688
Portland, Oregon   97205 Voice Mail: (503) 228-0688
Fax: (503) 203-1024
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SW Portland
Degrees: PhD U of Md,   Counseling Psychology
M.A. U. of Md,  Counseling Psychology
J.D. U. of Baltimore, Law
  B.A.  Vanderbilt French Literature, Psychology


Psychologist; Law (inactive)
Advanced Training & EMDR, Thought Field Therapy, Interactive Imagery
Availability: Routine and Urgent
Affiliations: American Psychological Association
Oregon Psychological Association
EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)
Oregon State Bar


$135 per 50 minute session 
$200 per 75 minute session 
Some sliding scale slots


Individual Psychotherapy and Counseling Marital and Relationship Issues
Anxiety, trauma Career Counseling, career issues

Focus of Practice & Interests

Anxiety disorders, trauma, phobias Career choice, change, management
Relationship and Family Issues Midlife transitions
Interactive Imagery Sports Performance
Attorneys, Police, Firemen, Executives Hypnotherapy

Background & Experience

Private psychology practice Public and private law practice
(environmental and litigation)
College Counseling Service Yoga and meditation instructor

Patient & Client Populations Served

Adults (18 to 65 yrs) Couples
Teenagers (15-17 yrs) High stress professionals

Orientation & Approach

 My 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.

Personal Comments

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 begun.

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 and TFT.   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.