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Gudmund Lee, LCSW


Who I am as a Therapist

I believe that we all struggle and need a little help from time to time. Whether you feel stuck on an old problem or are trying to overcome some new challenge, it is my job to help you unlock your potential and come up with real-life practical solutions that you can implement in the here and now. I am trained in various models of strategic, solution-focused, and behavioral therapy. This means we will not just talk about what you would like to change about your life, but try to help you actually start living differently. Sometimes this means we will start doing things differently right there in session.


I am comfortable working with individuals and families, but I know that when we live in relationship with others one small change in one part of your life may lead to even greater changes somewhere else. This is why I try to work systemically as much as possible. Involving a friend or loved one in session could help reduce barriers to change, or help to solidify and maintain change once therapy is over. This is particularly true when working with kids.


My approach to therapy is compassionate and direct. I will be respectful, but I will also be honest. I will try to be trauma-informed and culturally responsive. I routinely give homework assignments as part of therapy, with the belief that if you accomplish the task you will start to experience the change you seek. I will try to understand both the nature and context of your problem and the potential impact of change before I offer helpful solutions. I will ask lots of questions about who you are and where you come from and where you are trying to go, and we will work together to develop a practical plan to help you get there. If this sounds like something you want to try, then I would love to partner with you as you pursue the life you want.


Who I am When I am not Being a Therapist


I am a proud native son of Oregon. I was born in the southern Oregon fishing town of Coos Bay, but raised for most of my childhood in Anchorage, AK. After a stint in Colorado, about 6 years ago I returned with my family to live in Portland. When I am not being a therapist, I love exploring fun places with my wife and three kids. One of our favorites is the Prehistoric Gardens in Port Orford! When the weather turns warm we love to get outside to hike and fish and play. I love growing things in the garden. Every September I can be found chasing the elusive Wapiti in the wild slopes of the Coast Range.


My Work Experience & Education


I received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Olaf College in Minnesota, and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver. As part of my master’s degree, I received specialized training in couples and family therapy from the Denver Family Institute, one of the premier family therapy training institutes in the West. I am fortunate to have gained a wide variety of clinical experience throughout my career, including in foster care settings, community mental health, and primary care. I have completed the Tier II Collaborative Problem Solving training through OHSU, and am currently working on a post-graduate certificate in family therapy with foster and adoptive families through PSU.


My qualifications include:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • BA from St. Olaf College in Minnesota
  • MA in social work from the University of Denver
  • Trained at Denver Family Institute
  • Tier II Collaborative Problem Solving 

If my approach sounds appealing to you,

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