Joanne Chan, Psy.D.

My role as a therapist is to facilitate change by providing you with the tools you need to live a life that reflects your deepest held values.

Over the past decade, I have developed a specialized practice in the treatment of OCD, hoarding disorder, anxiety disorders (e.g. phobias, panic disorder, generalized anxiety), and trauma/stress related disorders. I find working with these conditions particularly rewarding because it allows me to be creative in how I design treatment interventions, and is also aligned with the active, hands-on style of therapy that I prefer to use in my work.

The fundamental nuts and bolts of my treatment approach is rooted in the latest scientific research while my delivery of the interventions is tailored to your specific circumstances. I draw from different modalities rooted in the basic principles of learning and behavior, such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Compassion-Focused Therapy, which is a newer approach I have been weaving into my work with people who experience significant self-criticism, perfectionism, guilt, and shame. Exposure therapy, a type of behavior therapy, is a core component in my work with anxiety, OCD, and trauma. It consists of figuring out what triggers anxiety for you, designing exposure exercises that will allow you to confront your fears in a gradual, systematic way, and guiding you through the process of practicing the exposure exercises until you are able to tolerate the triggers that would normally cause distress. Although exposure exercises can bring up a lot of discomfort, if you are willing to practice the skills consistently, there is a really good chance that you can accomplish your goals for therapy.

During our sessions, we will develop a plan that clearly lays out what steps to take in order to reach your treatment goals. I will also guide you in the process of learning to tolerate the difficult feelings that will arise during the process. While structured, our sessions will feel collaborative and dynamic. In between sessions, I may provide you with the task of observing your own behavior, testing out new skills, and keeping track of what worked or didn’t work. If you have issues that require a more creative approach, I offer a wide range of therapeutic interventions, including community-based exposures, home visits, educational meetings with loved ones, and coaching outside of our sessions.

I work best with individuals who are willing to invest in the process as well as do the necessary practice in between sessions to master the skills. I am open to all cultural backgrounds and work particularly well with individuals who identify with feeling “stuck between cultures”.

Feel free to message me directly with any questions you may have.


Treatment Approach

Orientation: I have training and experience using many evidence-based treatment approaches. My primary mode of treatment is Cognitive Behavior Therapy, with an emphasis on behavior modification interventions such as exposure and response prevention and habit reversal. I incorporate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and Compassion-Focused Therapy as needed throughout my work. I also have experience providing exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy for trauma, and for people needing help with distress tolerance and emotion regulation, I draw from the Dialectical Behavior Therapy model.
Modalities: Individuals, Groups

Client Focus

Ages: Adults, Adolescents with primary anxiety or OC-related conditions
Special Populations: LGBTQ affirmative, ethnically-diverse populations

Qualifications

Practicing Since: 2004
Degree: Psy.D.
Year Graduated: 2008
License Number and State: Licensed in California since 2009 – CA PSY23148. Licensed Psychologist in Oregon #3074.

Specialties:

      • Anxiety Disorders (phobias, panic disorder, generalized anxiety, social phobia, post-partum anxiety)
      • OC and related disorders (specifically OCD, Hoarding Disorder)
      • Trauma
      • Tic Disorder/Tourette’s Disorder
      • Stress due to transitions

Financial

Average Cost: $185-$220
Sliding Scale: options currently available
Accepted Insurance Plans:  At this time, my services cannot be billed under insurance (In network or out of network).

How I can help:

My objective as your therapist will be to guide you through the following phases of treatment: increasing your awareness of the problem and why it persists, making a plan to target the problems with specific interventions, and practicing skills until you master them. If you are interested in learning more about my practice, feel free to message or call me directly. I would be happy to share more with you so that you can make an informed decision about your treatment.
Email Address: jchan@portlandpsychotherapyclinic.com
Phone: (503) 281-4852 ext. 219

To contact me, call me at 503-281-4852 x219, or use the confidential contact form below.

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