About Liz Cloud
Liz is a Licensed Professional Counselor and received her education from Pacific University’s School of Professional Psychology. She offers therapy to adolescents and adults. She feels privileged to have served the Portland community since 2009.
“Empowering people to become their best self is my life’s work. I strive to help patients live in a way that inspires deeper fulfillment and balance by supporting their natural ability to cope with stress and emotional pain. My therapeutic style incorporates warmth, humor, honest feedback, and values such as respect and sex-positivity. I prioritize creating a space for patients to safely experiment with new ways of being, which allows for a more powerful connection to the things that enrich their lives.” --L.C.
She focuses on bringing awareness to patients’ current emotional and physiological experiences, which allows for more authenticity. Using Gestalt therapy she promotes growth in these areas, building awareness of present experiences, patterns, and ways of relating to others.
Liz engages in continued education and training in order to continue growing as a therapist. She participates in trainings with various organizations, including the Gestalt Therapy Training Center Northwest.
How Therapy Can Help You
Therapy provides an opportunity to effectively address interpersonal difficulties, emotional suffering, and challenging transitions. Some seeking therapy feel stuck in patterns that no longer serve their personal needs and goals, while others simply desire a more meaningful life.
Often when the strategies that used to work for us no longer serve their purpose, we start to struggle and suffer. For example, lashing out at ourselves or someone else when feeling angry can lead to more disconnection, even if this strategy used to be helpful. When we identify these patterns and feel supported in trying something new, there is relief.
Liz promotes growth by helping you build awareness of your present experiences, patterns, and ways of relating to others. She will collaborate with you in identifying barriers that keep you stuck in disruptive or unhealthy practices. By recognizing and addressing these patterns, you may be able to experience a new way of being and could develop a more powerful connection to all that enriches life.
Benefits of therapy are plentiful, and include:
Identifying personal changes you would like to make
Coping with and navigating physical and emotional pain
Developing a stronger relationship with yourself and with others
Feeling more empowered and hopeful
Generating awareness around destructive patterns and replacing them with healthier ones
Identifying and satisfying your wants and needs
Learning to skillfully navigate difficult situations
Becoming more connected to your body
Living more genuinely and confidently
**Please note that until it is safe and advisable to return to the office, I will be holding video therapy sessions**
During your initial meeting you will be asked questions about your life story and past experiences in therapy; you only need to share what you feel comfortable disclosing. Throughout the following sessions you will continue getting to know each other and engaging in therapeutic work. Personal movement in therapy is wide-ranging, as everyone builds a different path toward becoming their best self. In regard to treatment length, some choose to engage in short-term therapy, participating in 5-8 sessions, while others prefer to work with their therapist over the course of several years.
Similar to individual therapy, your first couples session will involve sharing information about your relationship’s history, patterns you may be noticing in your relationship, and ways in which you would like to grow or change. The following two meetings are individual sessions, one for you and another for your partner. This is in order to build further understanding around each individual's relationship patterns, family and relationship history, and other important life factors. Later sessions with the couple involve development of emotional contact, communication skills, and new ways for both individuals to support each other. Liz uses Emotion Focused Therapy and Nonviolent Communication techniques to support relationship growth and address relationship challenges. Course of treatment varies per couple.
Liz is not currently offering any new groups. Please check the website in the future for potential group opportunities.
New Patient Documents:
**Liz is currently accepting new patients** She offers individual, couples, and group therapy. Individual and couples sessions are typically 55 minutes in duration, with an option for 90 minute sessions.
Currently billing the following insurers:
It is a good idea to call your insurance company to find out if they reimburse psychotherapy and if you have in-network or out-of-network benefits.
55 minute individual therapy session: $160
45 minute individual therapy session: $130
55 minute relationship (couples) therapy session: $160
90 minute group therapy session: $85
Sliding scale options are available.
503 427 8889
4531 SE Belmont Street, Suite 109
Portland, OR 97215