Suzie Wolfer LCSW

Not counting that day in second grade when one of my school-mates came up to me on the playground and wondered if I could help her with a problem she was having at home, my passion for this work began 20 plus years ago when I began offering counseling professionally. 

And of course training and experience are critical for a professional, I also know that practicing what I teach gives people hope and courage to know they can get better and achieve their dreams. 

After  23 years,  I love this work even more each year. 

Portland Relationship Institute

7100 SW Hampton Street #128  l Tigard OR 97223 l  503-342-2510

better relationships can change your life

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Jonelle Richards LCS

Suzie Wolfer LCSW
Jonelle Richards LCSW

"I absolutely love my life counseling work, and am very grateful that I’m doing what I feel I was made to do.   I have tremendous respect for my clients and their willingness and courage to meet the challenges of their lives, and I feel honored that they have chosen me to help guide them in that process. I don’t view my work so much as a “job,” but more as a calling. Frankly, I can’t imagine doing anything else."

After twenty years of full-time experience as a counselor and psychotherapist, I have a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience to help you reach your goals.  But it is the relationship between us that will make it safe to put those assets into motion toward positive change.


Although counseling therapy may sometimes challenge you, the relationship between us should be the easy part. It’s important that I "feel" right to you, that I’m someone with whom you share a warm, positive connection, and that I understand and empathize with you and your challenges. Trying to make the wrong counselor “fit” feels kind of like wearing the wrong-sized clothes. It just feels kind of squirmy and uncomfortable. Though the boundaries and “rules” of a therapist-client relationship are much stricter and more clearly defined than a friendship, our relationship should nevertheless feel friendly and safe to you. If we don’t think I’m the right fit for you, then I will work to help you find a counselor who is.


Although I have extensive experience as a counselor/psychotherapist, I view each new client as a unique individual with his or her own specific personality, perspectives and challenges. That is the "art" of counseling: customizing my experience, knowledge and expertise to help you--as an individual, couple or family--with your specific needs and challenges.


I offer helpful, down-to-earth, practical solutions for the challenges you face in a way that helps you take them in and use them--so that you can renew your faith in yourself, your relationships and your life. I am often told that I am able to get to the heart of the matter quickly, effectively and compassionately--that I help make it safe to change. Clients also tell me that they are grateful that I am willing to go the depth and distance they need in order to affect real change.
I will, however, also tell you if I think you need something different from what I offer.  I consider it part of good life counseling to know when it is in your best interests for me to refer you to someone who can serve your needs differently than I can.  Over the years, I have developed relationships with wonderful therapists who have areas of expertise different from mine so that I can be confident that I am sending you to someone skilled, competent and caring. 
The journey starts with the first step. 

Call me at 503-342-2510,
so we can talk about your needs and how we can help you with practical solutions that work for you .  Or drop me an email at

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Suzie Wolfer LCSW

Sometimes challenging emotions can get the best of you.  They can start running the show and make choices for you.  They can choose isolation rather than connecting, playing it safe instead of living fully, quick fixes instead of real solutions, procrastination over action. You may even  fear that things will never get better and tell yourself to  "just settle for less."

Ask yourself, what will it cost me  . . .
  • If I continue to feel stressed and irritable
  • If I continue to struggle in my relationships?
  • If I continue to procrastinate?
  • If I continue to let depression, anxiety or grief get the best of me?
Also, what will it cost my children and loved ones if I don't live up to my full potential?

If you're paying a price . . .  you're not alone.    Many people experience these challenges at some point during their lives.   I've been helping clients renew their confidence and create peaceful and productive lives for over 20 years.

The safe and nurturing therapeutic environment I provide can help you make sense of your  circumstances.  Together, we can help you make peace with "what is."  And you can begin to take charge of your life and your emotions,  igniting your passion for life again.

Most people wait too long to get help, hoping things will get better.   You may be suffering needlessly.  If you've had a loss, either in the past or in the present, I can help you create a little breathing room from these challenges,  so you can  reassemble the pieces of your life and plan what to do next. 

I specialize in alternative and holistic methods as well as traditional therapy, helping you make a solid
mind-body alliance that will reconnect you to the Life you want.  

Choosing a therapist is a very important decision.  I offer a free phone consultation to make it easy for you to take that first step, and start making positive changes in your life.

To set up an appointment call me at  503-342-2510  or

You're not alone.  Together, we'll restore your optimism.

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