History & Overview
Opening our doors in January 2000, Wise Counsel & Comfort was the realization of a two-fold goal.
First, to create a place where community-minded mental health and wellness professionals would work cooperatively, supporting one another and supporting our community by providing professional, affordable services. In Portland, even non-profit counseling agencies rarely charge less than $40 per session, and there are tens of thousands in our community who deserve access to professional mental health care as much as those who are financially stable and/or insured. Wise Counsel & Comfort exists to help insure that those services are available.
Second, to inspire and support professionals to step into private practice without fear, without unbearable financial burden, in lovely, professional space in which they and their clients can feel safe and comfortable.
We have supported more than 350 clinicians begin and build successful private practice, and assisted others with a temporary or second office location. We’re also able to support “new-to-the-Northwest” practitioners in getting their practice here off to a good start, with shared or full time furnished offices.
Every professional member of the Wise Counsel & Comfort community, whether mental health or wellness professional, offers sliding scale options for low income and uninsured clients. There are three ‘tiers’ of rent, which differ from one another based on the clinician’s fee scale. Those who make a commitment to hold half of their clinic hours open for clients paying less than $50 per session benefit by a significant discount. A “standard” rent option is available for licensed clinicians who offer some type of discounted options to low-income clients, but are not asked to devote any specific portion of their clinic hours to lower-fee clients.
These two rent categories are detailed below. For those willing to cap their fee schedule at $40 (a
strategy for beginning private practice), an even lower rent plan is available. Please contact us for details about current availability of this option.
Location & Space Details
Wise Counsel & Comfort has sixteen locations. Thirteen are located within the city limits of Portland, and three are in outlying areas — Beaverton, Lake Oswego and Gresham, Oregon with 57 individual offices in all.
We have two suites at 511 SW 10th Avenue, in downtown Portland where more than 70,000 citizens live and work. Our 6th floor suite has eight offices (five with wall to wall windows, three interior) seating 3 to 5. The 10th Avenue offices have the Portland Street Car line at the front door on 10th Avenue, affordable parking nearby and the best food carts in the city next door! In the Multnomah Village neighborhood at 7409 SW Capitol Highway, we share space with a diverse group of healing professionals. (Served by Tri-Met Line #44) The spacious second floor office seats seven comfortably, has large windows on the west and south sides, and a comfortable reception area.
Our offices in Northwest Portland are at the corner of NW 21st & Hoyt in a wonderful, historic apartment building. Ours is the street-level corner suite of three offices, seating 4 to 8, plus reception area, storage and restroom. Tri-Met bus lines serve NW 21st Avenue, with a stop at Irving street (one block north), and the trolley runs along NW Lovejoy, just four blocks north of our offices.
On the east side of Portland, at 1432 E. Burnside, we have a suite in a 1936 brick building with beautiful windows facing north and east. There are four offices, one of which is a large group therapy/meeting space seating twelve. The suite includes reception area and private restroom. Free on-street parking with close Tri-Met stops.
In North East Portland, we practice out of two locations.
The “Glisan” offices are at NE 60th & Glisan. We occupy a 2000 square foot suite at this location. There are two front doors, one at 5932 NE Glisan (Entrance “A”) and the second at 423 NE 60th (Entrance “B”). There are ten comfortably furnished offices here, seating three to twelve, with two spacious reception areas. Two of the larger offices here are suitable for groups, massage and energy practice. All of the offices include accessories that support our therapeutic effectiveness — pens, kleenex, white boards, etc. The reception areas offer magazines, soft music, water and a variety of teas for you and your clients. Ample space for display of business cards, brochures and flyers about upcoming events is provided.
The 5932 NE Glisan office is fully accessible, just steps from Tri-Met (bus) and MAX (light-rail) stops, and for those driving, we are just three blocks from the on/off ramps for Interstate 84. On-street parking is easily available, and we’re delighted to be next door to the “Seven Virtues” coffee shop.
In the NE Alameda neighborhood, our suite is on the second floor, at 2328 NE Fremont above “Garden Fever” – a great locally owned nursery. The suite has three spacious window offices, each with a small desk for easy charting and comfortable seating for 5 to 8. We’re surrounded by conveniences – restaurants, a salon and fitness center, a public park, child care center, Whole Foods, New Seasons and Starbucks all within eight blocks.
We have four locations in South East Portland.
At 4179 SE Division, our store-front suite has three offices, seating 4-6 with in-suite reception and restroom. We have a four office suite at 4431 SE Woodstock, in a large shopping block anchored by Safeway. The third SE Portland location, with two offices, is at 3430 SE Belmont, just upstairs from a favorite neighborhood gathering place, the “Tao of Tea.” The building is alive with healing and wellness practitioners. Our offices seat 6 to 10 comfortably, and have overhead skylights. Our Hawthorne neighborhood location at 2045 SE Hawthorne, has a spacious reception area, private bath, and four offices. Two are designed for individual or couples sessions, and the other two are larger, seating up to six.
In North Portland we have two locations. The first is a single office, seating five, in the Kenton neighborhood just half a block from the new MAX stop near Interstate Avenue.
In the center of the thriving, “bike-centric” Williams neighborhood, we have a suite of five offices, just a few blocks from the New Seasons store at N. Williams & Fremont. This location has a unique, alternative vibe with a garden entry, a checkerboard tile floor and antique theatre seats in the reception area, and six individual and group offices.
In Beaverton, we have two large suites on SW Griffith Drive, just off the Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and Interstate 217. There’s spacious reception areas, and seven offices – five with large windows to the east and south, seating five to seven, an interior office particularly suitable for serving children and families, and a small interior office which is available as a full-time rental at modest rates. There is plenty of free on-site parking for clinicians and clients.
Our east Multnomah county office is in the heart of old-downtown Gresham, where we share space with Gresham Family Law. Our office there seats up to 6, is furnished in keeping with the 1924 architecture, and we have the added benefit of free parking and security.
The first of our two Lake Oswego locations is in the Westlake Village neighborhood shopping center, about 1/4 mile off of the Kruse Way exit from Interstate 5. We share three lovely, ADA accessible offices at this location, seating 4 to 6. We occupy the center of the main floor and our neighbors are bodyworkers (massage and chirpractic). Each office at the Westlake office benefits from natural light, with large windows opening to a beautiful grove of trees.
The second Lake Oswego office is in the old “downtown” area at 415 S. State Street. Our large office there seats up to 10, and has large windows facing east over the trees toward the Willamette River.
We make every effort to have the sessions spaces feel deeply comfortable and safe. The comment we hear most often from visitors to any of the Wise Counsel offices is “It feels so good in here!”
Marketing & Practice Building
Cooperative marketing is an enormous benefit of practicing with the Wise Counsel & Comfort community. Fifteen dollars per month from each colleague’s rent is devoted to supporting the marketing efforts including our websites, Oregon Public Broadcasting ads, video clips on the website, and display ads in local newspapers.
Our websites, Portland-Therapist.organd Portland-Therapist.com are “mirror” websites to one another, and receive an average of 11,000 hits and more than 600 unique visitors daily. The websites are a proven and consistent path for clients to find us. Your photo, telephone, email, and a more comprehensive description of services will be added to both websites, with only a $50 initial set-up fee per website — no further monthly fees for the websites are required as long as you are a member of the Wise Counsel community.
Your name, credentials and contact information are included in our monthly publication of a brochure detailing all of the professionals at Wise Counsel. The brochure is available at each location, and can be broadly distributed as part of your marketing effort. Our “Professional Directory,” a high quality, sturdy directory of clinicians in the Wise Counsel community, distributed to agencies, churches, schools, law firms, libraries, etc., is printed each year. Every counselor is included, and featured listings in this booklet are available, including your photograph, contact information and more detailed information about your credentials, specializations, etc.
New colleagues at Wise Counsel are provided with complementary design and printing of your first 200 business cards, and assistance is available for design of flyers for groups or special events. Colleagues regularly have the opportunity to participate in special marketing and community networking efforts.
We co-sponsor of International Women’s Day at Portland State University each February, and the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) “Walk for the Mind of America” in May. We participate in community and professional events, tabling to share information on the services available at Wise Counsel & Comfort. Seasonally, we seek opportunities to purchase ad space in other high-profile environments – health clubs, concerts, etc. and support youth events, choral groups and theatre performances with our advertisements.
Our print advertisements are in each edition of “Willamette Week” and we advertise regularly on Oregon Public Broadcasting / NPR.
Colleagues are welcome to schedule pro-bono (no-fee) services or initial consultations without any additional fee or rent, and our largest offices are available to you at NO cost if you offer community/educational events for which you charge no fee. This is an excellent marketing strategy. If you have a specialty (EMDR? DBT? EFT? Gottman? What’s that?), just reserve the room, post a flyer, send a press release to the local media, and you’re on your way.
Training & Support
Because the task of beginning and building a successful private practice is a demanding one, and the process can be isolating, Wise Counsel & Comfort offers regular opportunities for clinicians to support and learn from one another. Monthly peer consultation / networking groups, facilitated by seasoned mental health professionals, are available at no cost. We enjoy regular social gatherings, and have an ongoing professional book study group. Mini-trainings are offered several times each year.
Mentoring & Supervision
We are grateful to have these credentialed supervisors among our Wise Counsel colleagues who are available to establish formal supervisory relationships with pre-licensed professionals to make the process of moving toward licensure more convenient and affordable. A number of them offer particularly low supervision fees to counselors whose fee scale is capped at $40. Many of the seasoned clinicians at Wise Counsel & Comfort are glad to provide informal mentoring, answer questions and help those new to private practice jump through the necessary hoops (forms, HPPA, guidance on setting fee structures, etc.)
Earlyn Smith, L.P.C. ~ Clinical Supervision for LPC Interns ~ 503-961-4535
I’ve been licensed in Oregon since 1991, and served as a clinical supervisor over the years in several settings. My goals in supervision are to provide clear direction in matters of ethical practice, and to support supervisees in developing their own style and approach, using their strengths and unique gifts. My work with supervisees — just as with clients — is strength-based, using cognitive-behavioral, developmental, and systems theories, with emphasis on strong relationships with clients to support their work. The relationship between supervisor and supervisee needs to be marked with respect and trust, so I’m happy to sit down and discuss the options with you. Please give me a call at 503-961-4535.
Chi Baker, L.P.C. ~ Clinical Supervision for LPC and LMFT Interns ~ 971-344-3040
In my practice, I meld ancient Eastern Mindfulness Practices with modern day Western Evidence Based Therapy Practices. My style in supervision is much the same as my style with my clients ~ holistic, mindful, pragmatic. I offer clinical supervision towards state licensure for both LPC and LMFT candidates. I am also a teacher of Tai Chi, Qi Gone and Kung Fu.
Laurie Pearson, L.P.C. ~ Clinical Supervision for LPC and LCSW Interns ~ 404-862-6763
A positive supervisory relationship is essential to developing confidence and competence as a mental health professional. I invite therapists to facilitate their personal growth by reviewing current cases to develop awareness of their strengths and limitations. I utilize CBT, and am psychodynamically trained. I have experience with addictions, trauma, and chronic mental illness. I look forward to hearing from you.
Rents & Policies
Colleagues at Wise Counsel & Comfort reserve regular clinic hours at one location, and are able to schedule additional hours outside that schedule as needed for urgent appointments or consultations at a cost of $10 per hour. Requests for additional hours must be made 2-3 days in advance. (As noted above, hours reserved for pro-bono clients are available to you at NO additional rent.)
The initial term for sublet at Wise Counsel is twelve months, and can continue month-to-month following the initial term. Payment to begin the lease include first month’s rent, $100 web set-up fee, and $100 key/damage deposit which is entirely refundable. We’re glad to create ‘payment plans’ over the first few months if it would be tough for you to come up with the entire up-front costs — we’re here to help you make it work!
Requires that half of rented hours be reserved for clients paying less than $50 per session.
|$175 for 5 hours per week ($7.38 per hour)|
|$235 for 10 hours per week ($5.08 per hour)|
|$295 for 15 hours per week ($4.30 per hour)|
|$350 for 20 hours per week ($3.86 per hour)|
|$400 for 25 hours per week ($3.64 per hour)|
Note: The “Discounted” rent scale is slightly higher at our Lake Oswego, Beaverton, N. Williams, Burnside, Multnomah Village, Hawthorne and NW Portland offices than at other locations because of increased overhead costs, particularly property tax payments, landscaping, utilities and liability.
|$185 for 5 hours per week ($7.84 per hour)|
|$250 for 10 hours per week ($5.42 per hour)|
|$315 for 15 hours per week ($4.61 per hour)|
|$375 for 20 hours per week ($4.15 per hour)|
|$430 for 25 hours/wk ($3.83 per hour)|
All session fees must be below $40.
The name of this rent option is light-hearted but not literally true! It can, in fact, be very profitable, and is a terrific strategy to “kick-start” a new practice.
|$130 for 5 hours per week|
|$185 for 10 hours per week|
|$240 for 15 hours per week|
|$290 for 20 hours per week|
|$335 for 25 hours per week|
Requires only that discounted fee options be available for low income clients.
|$200 for 5 hours per week ($8.53 per hour) includes $15/mo marketing contribution|
|$335 for 10 hours per week ($7.38 per hour) includes $15/mo marketing contribution|
|$415 for 15 hours per week ($6.15 per hour) includes $15/mo marketing contribution|
|$490 for 20 hours per week ($5.50 per hour) includes $15/mo marketing contribution|
|$540 for 25 hours per week ($4.86 per hour) includes $15/mo marketing contribution|
Weeknight evening schedules require a minimum 3 hour time slot, 6-9 pm or 7-10 pm
Space for workshops, classes, seminars or group therapy will be by arrangement, and will be subject to a modest additional fee.
Wise Counsel & Comfort is NOT an agency or a group practice.
This protects us from exposure to the substantially greater financial risks and obligations associated with a group practice. It also serves to protect us from potential liability for one another’s professional practice, given that each and every clinician practices independently maintaining personal control over records, etc. The offices addresses may NOT be used as a mailing address for business, insurance, payment or any other important documents. Counselors are urged to register (with their professional boards and insurance companies) home or post-office-box address for important mail, and office address only for identification of practice location.
All those in practice at Wise Counsel & Comfort are required, as a part of their association with Wise Counsel, as well as their professional and legal obligations detailed by state law and their respective professional boards, to practice according to the highest ethical standards of their profession. Unless practicing under a specific exemption from licensure, Wise Counsel & Comfort clinicians must be in a formal relationship with their licensing board. We welcome licensed clinicians in good standing, as well as registered interns who practice under the license of a credentialed clinical supervisor. For those who are specifically exempted from Oregon’s licensure laws, minimum academic credentials must include completion of a graduate degree or comparable professional training.
We also are pleased to welcome alternative providers – coaches, consultants, hypnotherapists, etc.
In addition, every practitioner will release Wise Counsel & Comfort, and the building owners in writing for any liability for any injury you or your client might experience while they are on our premises (“slip & fall”), or provide a property liability policy naming Wise Counsel & Comfort, Lynne Nesbit, and the building owners as co-insured. These are available through professional associations (American Counseling Association, etc.) at modest rates above the cost of your professional liability insurance premiums.
For more information, please read through the “FAQ for Counselors” documents on the webiste, and if you’re interested in practicing at Wise Counsel, or need details about current availability, please call Lynne Nesbit, our founder/director at 503-282-0182, or drop us a line by email.
We look forward to hearing from you.