A Basic and "Conventional" Overview of Christian's Work:
Anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety, specific phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), agoraphobia, panic disorders, social phobia, and adjustment disorders with features of anxiety.
Mood disorders including various forms of depression and bipolar depression (also known as manic depression), dysthymia, and adjustment disorders with depressed mood.
Addiction related disorders including substance abuse and dependence. In Buddhist Psychology, treatment for many problems entail the treatment of addiction (attachment to things which are hard to let go of. See Buddhist Psychology.
Personality Disorders including Borderline Personality Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder, Avoidant Personality Disorder, and others.
Christian also counsels people on a wide range of matters which are not considered disorders by the American Psychiatric Association including:
Relationship difficulties including counseling for gay, lesbian, straight, transgendered, bisexual, and polyamorous people.
Difficulties related to loss or change like grief, mourning, and bereavement.
Phase of life difficulties such as those associated with leaving home for the first time, reaching adulthood, reaching middle age, and coming upon retirement.
Services Christian offers include:
Psychological treatment including psychotherapy, psychological assessment and diagnosis, and referrals to psychiatrists and other mental health providers when medications or naturopathy may be appropriate.
Counseling including, but not limited to, grief and loss, marital difficulties, relationship concerns, life changes and transitions, job and school stress, gender issues, anger management, family conflict, loneliness and isolation, social problems, spiritual matters and matters related to political issues.
Coaching which focuses on self-improvement, self-actualization, and the attainment of specific goals toward personal excellence. This is sometimes called "Life Coaching" or "Mentoring."
Teaching and education which focuses on the development of new skills and abilities, sometimes remedial and sometimes advanced. This is sometimes called "Psychoeducation."
Other services which include mediation, clinical supervision, and consultation to business and community organizations.
Link: See Christian's "Services" for examples of services offered, described in a more natural & creative language.
Approaches to treatment include:
Christian is an eclectic therapist who draws from many approaches to psychotherapy and counseling designed to best meet the needs of the clients he sees. Among these approaches are:
Solution Focused Treatment
Cognitive/Behavioral Therapies (CBT)
Rational Emotive Therapy (RET)
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
Client Centered Therapies
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Approaches built on Systems Theory
Mindfulness Based Therapy
Approaches drawn from Buddhist Psychology
Approaches which integrate elements of Psychodynamic Theory
Experimental and Creative Therapies
Therapy and counseling modalities include:
Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, & Queer (LGBT & LGBTQ) Friendly
Polyamorous Relationships Welcome
All Types of Loving or Sexual Relationships Welcome
Adults of All Ages
Multnomah County, including Portland and Greshham.
Washington County, including Hillsboro and Beaverton.
Clackamas County, including Lake Oswego and Oregon City.
"Skype" & Phone Therapy
Video and phone follow-up counseling possible for travelers, for those in rural areas of Oregon, for those who are house-bound, for busy professionals & for those who simply prefer not to travel to my office. Certain conditions must be met.
Christian's Professional History:
Christian Wolff, like most people, has pieced together a world view from a variety of experiences. Many of his life experiences have been in the therapist's office listening to people tell him about what matters to them most. He has learned much and has come to draw from a variety of cultural and world views. Christian draws from eastern and western philosophies, from the philosophies of science, from the philosophies of religion, philosophies of the affluent, philosophies of the oppressed, from his formal teachings and from his continuingly developed skills of empathy, imagination and faith.
Christian Wolff has been practicing as a psychotherapist for over 19 years. He received his Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology in 1993, but his experience in the delivery of psychological and counseling services began in 1979 when he became the Coordinator of Services at the Fone Crisis Center, a suicide hotline and walk-in center at Kansas State University.
After achieving a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, Christian worked for over 6 years at a state psychiatric hospital in Topeka, Kansas. His work there was with adolescents and it was there that he developed an interest in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other disorders related to sexual and physical abuse in childhood. This lead to special interest in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder and Dissociative Identity Disorder (also known as DID or Multiple Personality Disorder). Presently, Christian works primarily with adults and has intentionally cultivated a general practice based upon his beliefs regarding treatment.
From 1997 until 2003, Christian worked as a psychotherapist with Tualatin Valley Centers (presently known as LifeWorks NW), one of the best community mental health centers in the Portland area. There he helped people with problems which ranged from seemingly simple difficulties such as mild depression to the more complex disorders such as schizophrenia. Through this range of experience, Christian has come to see a continuity in the problems which people face. He is a strong believer in the human spirit and has been enjoying the expansion of his private practice over the course of the past 11 years.
In addition to his private practice, Christian has recently worked as a Supervisor of Volunteers with the Oregon Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman and has worked, through Clackamas County, with those impaired by severe mental illness. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the American Mental Health Alliance in Oregon, a national organization dedicated to the oversight of ethical practice in the fields of mental health.
Types of mental health professionals:
There are many types of mental health professionals. Some people will find it useful to work with more than one. I've listed the main types below with some brief descriptions.
Psychologists (Ph.D.'s, Psy.D.'s, Ed.D.'s):
Usually, psychologists have doctoral degrees and are licensed by the state to practice psychology.
Psychologist Associates (MA's, MS's):
Usually psychologist associates have masters degrees and are licensed by the state to practice psychology. About 5% in Oregon are required to practice under supervision, but 95% are advanced psychologist associates and are licensed to practice psychology independently and without restriction.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors licensed to prescribe medicine. Their focus is on mental health medication and most often, they do not provide counseling or psychotherapy.
Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC's):
Licensed Professional Counselors usually have masters degrees and are licensed to practice counseling.
Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW's):
Licensed Clinical Social Workers have masters degrees and are licensed to practice counseling.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP's):
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners have masters degrees in nursing and are licensed to prescribe medicine. Their focus is on mental health medication and most often, they do not provide counseling or psychotherapy.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists (LMFT's):
Licensed Marriage and Family Counselors usually have masters degrees and are licensed to practice counseling. Their training has emphasized marriage and family work.
Case managers usually work through state and county agencies. In addition to mental health work, they often assist people with other needs such as housing and transportation when the person they are helping cannot do these things for themselves. The training and education of Case Managers vary.
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC's):
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors are certified to provide drug and alcohol counseling. Certification is different from licensing. Usually, CADC's have at least a two year associates degree. A CADC may or may not have one of the licenses described above and may or may not be qualified to provide other mental health services.
Some Useful Links:
Suicide & Mental Health Crisis Lines - Staying Alive & Safe
Portland Women's Crisis Line
Social Services Help in Portland - Meeting Your Basic Needs
American Mental Health Alliance - Finding My Therapist Friends
Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians
National Library of Medicine MedlinePlus Health Information
Look for Christian's profile at Psychology Today
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New Counseling Approaches to Addictions Beyond Those Related to Drugs, Alcohol & Other Substance Abuse or Chemical Dependency Difficulties
|And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." Anais Nin
Christian Wolff, MA is a Licensed Psychologist Associate and has been practicing psychology for 17 years in the Portland area. He believes that human beings have great untapped potential for being who they want to be & to live however they wish to live. He believes that opportunities to increase joy & desire while decreasing fear & disappointment repeatedly present themselves every day & at every turn.
We just have to tap into it. But it's not just about us. It's not only about now.
Human history is rich in anthropology, philosophy, the expressive arts, and the men and women who have thought and felt, expressed and done, things which we can tap into to find our greatest purpose, and truest fulfillment.
It's about psychology, but not just psychology. It is about the full depth & breadth of your personal experience & potential.
Let's tap in.
Christian is a
Psychologists for Social
International - USA
The American Civil Liberties Union
The U.S. Public Interest Research Group
Association of Physicians &
He is active with:
The 2015 & 2016 Oregon
betterment of healthcare
both clients and
"Discover in all things, that which shines and is
beyond corruption. Encourage virtue
in whatever heart
it may have been driven into
sorrow by the
shame and terror
of the world."
~ William Soroyan,
American writer & dramatist
There are those
who look at things
the way they are,
and ask why...
I dream of things
that never were,
and ask why not?
~ Robert Kennedy
does it make?
~ William James, father of American psychology, proposing this as
a very serious question to be
asked in the
course of our daily choices and affairs.