Online Therapy
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Dyann Bockstahler LCSW

Who I am as a therapist

Taking the first step to enter therapy involves courage and hope that the journey one is to embark upon ends with a positive outcome.  No one enters therapy because they feel that their life is what they want it to be.  There already exists enough pain, uncertainty, grief, and anger that has caused disruption and leads to a desire for change.  Whether it is an adult or parents seeing help and guidance for their child/teenager, entering therapy involves the risk of making oneself vulnerable in order to learn and do better.

I value providing a supportive environment for each client, no matter what age, so that trust is developed.    I value helping each client look at their history so that connections between the past and present can be understood.  I value teaching strategies and skills in order to learn how to manage emotions and decision making.  I value using a client’s support system and finding additional supports to aid in this journey.

When you enter my office, whether for yourself or your child, you will be met with positive regard, and a genuine respect for the capacity to change at the individual’s ability to do so.  It will be hard work but done in a supportive environment where humor and compassion is in abundance.  

I have been practicing for twenty-two years in a group practice, working primarily with children, adolescents and young adults.  I have also been a school social worker for many years, working with children and their parents.  This has allowed me to have insight into how to navigate the school system to support children/teens as well as having a unique understanding of how school impacts children.

Who am I when I am not being a therapist

I am a transplant to the Portland area, having moved here to be near family.  Both of my children and their spouses live here along with extended family.  I love all the beautiful landscapes of Oregon and walking wherever I can.  I am not a fan of muddy paths, I admit, but love the challenge of walking uphill.  Baking is another love, along with reading, gardening, and being outdoors. 

Specialties & Areas of Focus

  • Children and Adolescents
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Depression
  • School Issues
  • Social Phobia
  • Behavioral Issues in Childhood
  • PTSD
  • Emotional Regulation Skills
  • Supporting LGBTQ community
  • Parenting Issues

My qualifications include:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Masters in Social Work from Jane Addams School of Social Work, University of Illinois, Chicago, Il
  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Bethel College, N. Newton, Kansas

If my approach sounds appealing to you,

you can set up an initial appointment with me by

calling: 503-349-2281


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