Melissa Utz (She/Her/Hers)


Feeling stuck? I cultivate compassion, humor,and curiosity to invite acceptance and change. In short: Humaning is hard, I’m here to help!

Counselor in Portland, OR

  • Individual

About My Clients

I am not accepting clients at this time. My clients are ready to employ curiosity, courage, and compassion on their journey towards lasting acceptance and change. They are interested in uncovering the reasons for their unhelpful behaviors; shifting outdated narratives; employing compassion for themselves and others; and finding new and empowered ways to meet the struggles and challenges that sometimes feel impossible to overcome.

My Background and Approach

I have a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Naropa University with a specialty in Contemplative and Buddhist Psychology. In addition to my education and clinical training, I have worked as an Executive Coach and have taught mindfulness in a variety of settings. This is my second career and I have varied professional and life experiences to draw on in service of the needs of my clients. My approach is acceptance based and change oriented. As a Contemplative Therapist, I believe that each individual has the power within themselves to heal their own pain. Our work together will be about uncovering, discovering, and recovering your innate health and wellness. Together, we will cultivate a supportive and non-judgmental environment to courageously practice acceptance, connection, and to invite change. I utilize evidence-based relational, mindfulness and behavioral techniques to help my clients thrive.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I became a therapist because I believe that therapy serves a few primary needs that are lacking in many of our modern lives. First, it is a place where one can drop avoidance and instead practice direct contact with difficulty as it is unfolding in real time. Second, in a society that is suffering the effects of hate filled rhetoric and an increase in disconnection, it is place to cultivate compassion, acceptance, and love - both for oneself and others. Finally, therapy is a place to embrace the messiness of being human without the need for perfection or urgency. In addition, I am committed to engaging in anti-oppression work, both internally and externally. I engage in frequent conversations, self-reflection, and trainings in service of creating a courageous, educated, and comfortable space to explore identity and the impacts that culture, society, power, and oppression have on each one of my clients and so that I can remain humble when I don't get things quite right.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Health Net
  • Anthem
  • ComPsych
  • First Choice Health
  • MHN
  • MODA
  • PacificSource
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
I offer online counseling in the following states:

At A Glance

  • Experience: 5 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $150 - 250/session


503-928-3998 Email Melissa
Oregon Counseling
10011 SE Division Street, Suite 202
Portland, OR 97266

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