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The future depends onwhat you do in the present
African American Couple

Cynthia Aerni





"It may be that when we no longer know what to do
we have come to our real work. 

And when we no longer know which way to go
we have begun our real journey
                                 - Wendell Berry

Why Therapy?
Each of us, as we travel through life, meets challenges.  During these times it's common to feel "stuck" and have a difficult time discovering how to get moving again.  Counseling/Therapy is a unique opportunity to engage in the journey of discovery in a supportive, caring, and non-judgmental environment.  It is also an opportunity to be challenged to discover new insights, to recognize our strengths, and to begin moving once again along the path to a greater sense of well-being.

My Approach
I believe that individually, and in partnership, we are driven by a desire to discover our best selves: to be happy; to belong; to feel worthwhile; to love and be loved; and to find meaning in our lives.  As your therapist, I work collaboratively with you to discover your individual strengths and expertise so that we may utilize them in your experience of growth.  I use a variety of therapeutic concepts and tools to address your concerns, depending on your situation and how you work best. My approach is informed by a perspective which recognizes the role of family, culture, environment, and experience in creating the lens through which we view our world, our relationships, and ourselves.  Every person has a unique lens, and therefore, a unique journey of personal growth.  It is my goal to help you discover yours.

I feel privileged to travel with my clients as they journey toward a life lived in harmony with their personal goals.  There is no other work that I could imagine doing in which I could witness, and find such inspiration in, human resiliency and courage!

Education, Training and Experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with the Oregon Board of Licensed Counselors and Therapists, (License # C2039) and hold a Master's Degree in Counseling from Portland State University, completing both the Marriage and Family Therapy and Community Counseling programs.  Group and individual clinical supervision of graduate interns.  Adjunct Faculty Graduate Program at Portland State University.  Trauma treatment in correction and private settings.  
In addition to coursework for both programs; professional training focus has included:

  • Ongoing experience and training related to Couples Counseling and Families
  • Specialized training and experience related to Trauma, Developmental Trauma, and PTSD
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Treatment for Anxiety
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Multigenerational Family Therapy
Interests and Specialties
  • Couple therapy with traditional and non-traditional couples in all stages of relationship
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Individual therapy
  • Step couples 
  • Stepfamilies

Experienced in:

  • Relationship concerns
  • Trauma and PTSD 
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Loss and grief
  • Abuse 
  • Self-esteem 
  • Communication
  • Parenting 
  • Divorcing and Co-parenting
  • Launching children and redefining relationships
  • Life transitions.

Professional Affiliations

  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • National Board Certified Counselor
  • Member of the American Counseling Association
  • Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists


  • $175.00 per 50 minute session.  
  • Evening appontments available.
  • Payment is due at time of service.  Insurance reimbursement forms available upon request.

I recognize that financial concerns can sometimes interrupt, or serve as a barrier to accessing therapy services, therefore, I reserve some spaces in my schedule for a reduced fee.  On an availability basis, I am happy to discuss a fee schedule that is reflective of your current financial situation.  Please feel free to discuss this with me when you call.

If you would like to make an appointment or if you find that you need more information about the process of counseling, about how I work, or have any other question that may help you decide on your best course of action in choosing a counselor, please feel free to call me at 503-620-3302, Ext. 6.  You are also welcome to email me directly at cynthiaaerni@gmail.com

(Please be aware that if my email were breached, your confidentiality could be compromised so I request that you not include any sensitive information in your inquiry)