Susan Rooney


I offer sessions at your home or place of choice, or by phone. I see adults, and have special training in addressing the concerns of Elders.

Counselor in Portland, OR

Contributor to Mercy Corps
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Contact
  • Individual

About My Clients

With warmth and humor I help seniors feeling anxious or depressed, wanting to improve communication with family or caregiver, adjusting to changes in lifestyle and abilities, needing to untangle long-held knots of anger and misunderstanding and more. I also help frustrated caregivers. I can help adults of any age explore new ideas, find solutions to old problems, and set appropriate and achievable goals (that you actually can meet!). Perhaps my favorite work is exploring what it means to be you!

My Background and Approach

Education: I received a Master's Degree in Counseling from Pacific University. I also received a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from Marylhurst University. I have extensive study and expertise in the (fluid) steps to forgiving, either someone else or yourself and anger issues, as well as a 30-year meditation practice to augment my training. I feel that humor, warmth and honesty are important assets to therapy. The tone will always be casual, accepting and non-judgmental. You are the most important person in the room (or on the phone ;-) . This is your life and your therapy. Using a variety of approaches, including Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and Non-violent Communication, I can help you resolve personal issues such as anxiety, depression and anger, find your own path, improve relationships with loved ones, and get what you need from our time together, whether exploring the foibles of adult living or the challenges and pleasures of aging.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I feel empathy and respect for every being with that spark of life in them. I belong to many animal welfare organizations, enjoy lifelong learning, reading and horticulture. My life focus and meaning is in meditation and my spiritual path (though I would never promote my beliefs to you!). Normally, I try to not get too overwrought about politics (have to keep things in perspective), but boy have these last few years been a challenge! I am comfortable with all ages (Yay seniors!), sexual orientations (including trans~ I have a lovely male-to-female woman as a roommate), races (of course), and religions. I am comfortable with pretty much anybody! (I reserve the right to not see haters or people that hurt things unless we can work on it.) I believe that the spark of life in each and every being is from the same source; and that spark should be respected, valued and nurtured.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Out of Network
I have experience with the following
  • Agnosticism
  • Atheism
  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Hinduism
  • Jainism
  • Sikhism
  • Wicca/Paganism
  • Interfaith
  • Multifaith

At A Glance

  • Experience: 6 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $100 - 100/session


503.358.0615 Email Susan
Your home or office, or by phone
Portland, OR 97229

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