Amy Dexter, Psy.D

Amy Dexter, Psy.D

I find great meaning in helping people connect with the things that matter most to them and live more full and satisfying lives. I aim to provide a fully accepting and compassionate environment, with respect and admiration for individual differences and unique personal histories. I believe in using research-based methods to provide treatments that are known to be effective, and I have great appreciation for the courage it takes to reach out for help when things aren’t working.

I specialize in evidence-based behavioral therapies for sleep problems, depression, and chronic pain and health problems. I am particularly interested in working with people whose lives have become narrowed and preoccupied by emotional and health issues, and those who wish to live with more vitality and intention. I also provide couples counseling to address a range of relationship problems.

My approach is collaborative in nature and rooted in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which emphasizes reducing the struggle against unwanted or painful experiences and living a values-directed life. I enjoy helping people who are experiencing emotional distress and depression find a sense of meaning in their lives and begin to expand their way of living to include more experiences of joy and fulfillment.

For people with sleep issues, we would assess the nature and history of your specific sleep difficulties and collaboratively design an individualized treatment plan informed by research-based methods. Oftentimes, this work is also founded in acceptance and mindfulness principles that help address the sense of urgency and pressure to fall asleep that can come with difficulty sleeping.

In couples therapy, I aim to help partners break out of problematic patterns and common relationship traps, develop skills to communicate and manage conflict more effectively, and work through difficult issues and decisions with greater empathy and understanding of one another.

Treatment Approach

Orientation: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), Mindfulness-based (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing
Modalities: Individuals, Couples

Client Focus

Ages: 18+
Special Populations: LGBTQ affirmative

Qualifications

Degree:  Psy.D
License Number and State: Licensed Psychologist in Oregon # 2713

Specialties:

  • Insomnia & other sleep related issues
  • Depression
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Health Issues
  • Couples Counseling

Financial

Average Cost: $140-$180
Sliding Scale: no
Accepted Insurance Plans:
Most insurance as an out-of-network provider

How I Can Help:

Email Address:
adexter@portlandpsychotherapyclinic.com

Phone: (503) 281-4852 ext. 211

To contact me, call me at 503-281-4852 x211, or use the confidential contact form below.

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