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The most important thing is this: to be willing, at any moment, to give up what we are to make room for what we can become.                                                                                                  ~ C. DuBois

Professional Experience

With more than 30 years of professional experience, I currently provide services to individuals, couples and families in my private practice in Portland, Oregon. I have also served as instructor of counseling-related courses for the University of Portland, Portland State University, and Oregon State University. 


My PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education from OSU focused on best practices for working with grief and loss.  


Prior to opening my private practice, my clinical work experience included:

  • Nat'l Director of Program & Training; Friends of the Children, OR

  • Therapist, Addiction Treatment; Caremark Behavioral Health, OR

  • Therapist; Hospice and Palliative Care of Contra Costa, CA

  • School-based Therapist; Youth Education & Support Services, CA

  • Therapist; Carroll County Mental Health, NH

  • Outward Bound course instructor





















Dr. Beckett smiling in the sunshine

Educational Background

  • BA, Phi Beta Kappa; Bowdoin College

  • Visiting Scholar; Oxford University, England

  • MSW; Smith College School for Social Work: Masters thesis on long-term effects of divorce

  • Licensed as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Oregon 

  • Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (DCSW)

  • PhD in Counseling; Oregon State University, 2013; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.


Additional Certifications

  • Certificate in Neuropsychology and Assessment from U.C. Berkeley Extension

  • Certified to administer/interpret the Myers-Briggs (MBTI)

  • Registered provider of Animal-Assisted Therapy, Alliance of Therapy Dogs

  • Certificate in Somatic Therapy

  • INELDA-trained End of Life Doula

  • Usui Reiki Master Practitioner

  • Certified in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (PRATI, Colorado)

Catherine Beckett, LCSW, PhD

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