Kari Gjerde, LPC

Philosophy & Approach

Our lives are difficult to manage alone and we live in a world that can feel isolating, overwhelming, and marginalizing. Let's work together to strengthen and heal your relationships, amplify your self directed wisdom, and clarify your personal goals. Along the way we will build insight into relational patterns, thoughts, and behaviors that no longer serve you to make way for growth.

I will draw from evidence-based practices of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) while integrating relational-based theories to assist in awareness, acceptance, and change behaviors.

Education & Experience

I hold a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College and am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Oregon. Before entering private practice I worked in a variety of outpatient settings providing counseling to adults, adolescents, couples, and groups.


I am practiced in treating folks struggling with depression, bipolar, PTSD, personality disorders, grief & loss, and anxiety disorders. My experience also includes working with queer and trans communities as well as survivors of interpersonal violence and abuse.

Behind the Scenes

I am a woman obsessed with her dogs. I escape to rivers and oceans when I have the chance. I enjoy tending my garden, crafting, and have a growing love of ceramics. I find that my clients appreciate my sense of humor and my ability to cut through to the core of the issue at hand in a non-shaming way.

Fees & Services

Initial Phone Call: Finding a therapist who is a good fit is very important. I offer a free 20-minute phone call for all new clients so we can get a better idea of our potential working relationship.

My fees with a cash-pay discount are:

  • Individual Counseling: $125 for a 55 minute individual session.

My full fee is $180/55 minute session. With this fee I will complete all billing required by your insurance company. Your co-pay and/or deductable are due at the time of session.

Sliding Scale: I have limited sliding scale fee slots, please contact me and discuss this option if you are facing financial hardship.

Accepted forms of payment: I accept cash and check. Payment must be made in full at the time of each session unless we have come to another agreement.

Insurance: At this time I am able to bill the following insurance companies for services:

  • Aetna
  • Anthem / Regence / Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • MHN / Health Net
  • PacificSource
  • Out of Network

Please contact me directly to sort out if we can use your insurance benefit towards therapy.

Cancellation Policy: I require 24 hours notice for cancelled appointments. If you need to cancel or reschedule please let me know as soon as possible. If you are unable to cancel without 24 hours notice you are responsible for pay for your session in full (Emergencies or unforeseen circumstances excluded).