Therapy Blog


By Sharad Yadav | April 17, 2023

If you’re considering seeking help in any area of your life, it probably has something to do with your emotions. Some clients have trouble understanding them, others have trouble expressing them; some are overwhelmed with them while others are burdened … Read more

Boundaries with family

By Aaron Kelsay | April 14, 2023

Maintaining healthy boundaries with family members is crucial for one’s mental and emotional well-being. As much as we love our families, it is important to recognize that we are all individuals with our own lives, goals, and dreams. Setting boundaries … Read more


By Aaron Kelsay | April 11, 2023

Procrastination is a habit that affects everyone at some point in their lives. It is the act of delaying or postponing tasks that need to be completed. While it may seem like a harmless habit, it can have significant consequences, … Read more

EMDR’s effectiveness

By Aaron Kelsay | April 9, 2023

Progress Counseling is proud to offer evidence based, effective therapy for clients recovering from trauma, mental health symptom, relationship ruptures. Several of our clinicians are trained and experienced in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is a form of … Read more

On Choosing a Therapist pt. 2

By Sharad Yadav | April 6, 2023

Here’s a helpful glossary of acronyms and abbreviations you might find on your therapist’s bio.  With that, it may also be helpful to highlight a brief definition of theoretical approaches. Though many counselors operate from a single theory, most are … Read more

On Choosing a Therapist

By Sharad Yadav | April 3, 2023

Some of the most confusing parts of choosing a therapist is decoding the jumble of letters after their name and assessing the significance of their chosen approaches. How do you know if you need an LMHC, Psy D, LCSW or … Read more

Anxiety as a somatic experience

By Aaron Kelsay | April 2, 2023

I grew up with a lot (!!!) of anxiety. Little bursts of anxiety on the bus on the way to school. Shut down reactions in seemingly mundane social interactions. I am aware of some of the reasons — my very … Read more

How Does Therapy Work? Pt. 2

By Sharad Yadav | March 29, 2023

Aaron has already provided an excellent summary of why therapy works, but it’s interesting to ponder exactly what makes the clinical setting of a trained therapist and an anonymous client so special. Don’t empathetic friends, wise parents or experienced clergy … Read more

Therapy, challenges to therapy, human connection and vulnerability.

By Aaron Kelsay | March 28, 2023

There are a few pieces of therapy that are inescapable — very very few people will go to therapy when things are going well, when they are high functioning and overall enjoying life (like “maintenance,” or “a check up” type … Read more

Spiritual Abuse

By Sharad Yadav | March 26, 2023

Portland is considered one of the most post-Christian cities in the United States, which is one of the reasons it has been such a draw for younger people seeking to escape religious environments they’ve perceived as oppressive and toxic. But … Read more

Why don’t men go to therapy?

By Aaron Kelsay | March 24, 2023

Counseling is an excellent tool for mental and emotional support for anyone experiencing difficulties in their lives. However, there is a noticeable gap between the number of women who attend counseling and the number of men who attend. According to … Read more

Is social media bad for kids?

By Aaron Kelsay | March 20, 2023

Social media can have both positive and negative effects on kids, depending on how they use it and how much time they spend on it. Many young people will say, in their own words, they know it is bad for … Read more

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