Stephanie Spak, MA, LPC, CADC 1

1020 SW Taylor Street, Suite 730 Work: 503-452-0240
Portland, Oregon   97205 Voice Mail: 503-452-0240
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Disabled Accessible: Yes    


Downtown Portland
Jeffrey Center building south of the central library. One block from Max and streetcar. Metered parking on the street or "Smart Park" garage at 10th and Yamhill.
Degrees: Master of Arts Counseling Psychology
Master of Arts Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages


Licensed Professional Counselor
Training & Certifications: Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor
NCC National Board Certified Counselor
"Authentic Happiness" coach
Availability: Routine and Urgent
Affiliations: American Mental Health Alliance - Oregon, Board of Directors
American Counseling Association
Oregon Mental Health Counselors Association
NAADAC --Addiction Professionals


Discounts available for cash or check payment at time of service with no billing. Credit cards accepted.


Dual Diagnosis (Co-occurring Addiction and Mental Health) Positive Psychology
Cultural Transitions  

Focus of Practice & Interests

Individual psychotherapy and counseling Alcohol and Drug Counseling
Depression and Anxiety Disorders Grief and Loss
Transitions Cross-Cultural Issues
"Crossing Cultures" groups to help with culture shock and transition. Relationships

Background & Experience

Community Mental Health therapist Dual Diagnosis Specialist
 Outpatient Chemical Dependency Treatment Crisis Intervention Specialist in hospital emergency department
Community College counseling in a GED/ESL program Facilitate trainings on cultural adjustment/culture shock.
16 years experience in international education  

Patient & Client Populations Served

Elder (66 yrs and up) Couples
Adult (18 to 65 yrs) Culturally diverse populations

Orientation & Approach

I work from an existential/humanistic perspective. I have been influenced by my studies in Positive Psychology, which focuses on helping people realize and use their personal strengths and build on positive emotions in order to achieve gratification, meaning and purpose in their lives.

I see my job as helping people move towards their goals, with compassion and respect, while honoring their stages of readiness for change.  I believe everyone deserves to have a life worth living.

Personal Comments

I came to the field of counseling after spending 16 years as an instructor of English as a Second Language. My work as an ESL instructor took me to Japan for 4 years, where I worked in a large private Japanese university. It was a challenging, fascinating and life-changing experience,. After returning from Japan, I taught at Oregon State University before deciding to pursue my dream of becoming a therapist. I feel truly fortunate to be able to do work that I love and find meaningful. The one thing I miss about my former career is my contact with people from such a variety of cultures, so I welcome the chance to work with culturally diverse populations in my private therapy practice and in my part-time work as a college counselor.

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