Priyadarshani (Priya) Loess, Ph.D.

Priyadarshani (Priya) Loess, PhD
Having difficult and painful experiences is what it means to be human. You are not alone in this. Painful experiences can, however, lead to increased suffering, depending on how you cope with them. Therapy can address this suffering and help you live more fully again. My approach is to help you in this process and to do so in ways that promote self-compassion and self-acceptance.

While I enjoy working with adults on a wide range of issues (for example, depression, anxiety, or relationship issues), I am particularly focused on helping people process and heal from trauma, PTSD, invalidation, abuse, and sexual violence. Another focus for me is helping people manage difficult emotions and develop more self-compassion, self-acceptance, and mindfulness.

I see therapy as an opportunity for personal growth, understanding, and greater self-awareness. It helps us find more meaning in life and also change the things about ourselves that aren’t working. In my approach in therapy, I strive to meet you where you are and work with you in the direction of your goals. We all have biases and varying levels of privilege; I try to be aware of this and make efforts to engage from a place of understanding, non-judgment, and equality. It is important to me that you feel safe because therapy can make us feel incredibly vulnerable.

I practice from a place of cultural humility and welcome individuals of diverse backgrounds. I will position myself to continually learn and not impose assumptions and standards on you or within the intersections of your identities.

If we work together, I will help you feel more connected to yourself, others, and your experiences in life, as well as help you structure your life around what is important for you.

My background:

I am a psychologist resident working towards licensure in the state of Oregon and a recent graduate of the University of Montana with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. I completed my predoctoral internship at the Portland Veterans Affairs, where I honed my understanding and practice of evidence-based treatments and worked with people to heal from their trauma and PTSD, as well as a range of other issues. I am delighted to be working at Portland Psychotherapy and to be serving members of this community. My position as a psychologist resident means that I can offer you up-to-date clinical intervention under the supervision of experienced clinicians, and at low cost.

Treatment Approach

Orientation: My orientation is primarily anchored in third-wave behavioral psychotherapy approaches. This includes Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills, self-compassion, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). My style is also integrative, in that I draw upon principles of many therapeutic approaches (such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy; CBT), depending on your needs.
Modalities: Individuals, Groups

Client Focus

Ages: 18+
Special Populations: LGBTQI+ affirmative, Women, Ethnically diverse, Individuals with trauma backgrounds


Practicing Since: 2013
Degree: : Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
Year Graduated: 2019
License Number and State: Psychologist Resident Supervised by Dr. Jenna LeJeune, Licensed Psychologist in Oregon #1600


  • Managing difficult emotions
  • Trauma, sexual violence, and PTSD
  • Self-compassion


Average Cost: $25-$110
Accepted Insurance Plans: none, out of pocket payments only

How I can help:

Finding a therapist that you connect and feel safe with is one of the first steps in healing. If you need to explore issues related to managing difficult emotions, low self-esteem or being self-critical, trauma, depression, or anxiety, and you think I might be a good match, please feel free to contact me. I can also be an option if you do not have insurance. I look forward to hearing from you.

Email Address:
Phone: 503-281-4852 ext. 216

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What Makes Us Unique

Portland Psychotherapy is a clinic, research & training center with a unique business model that funds scientific research. This results in a team of therapists who are exceptionally well-trained and knowledgeable about their areas of specialty.