Professional Disclosure Statement
Ken Steinbacher, Professional Counselor Associate
PO Box 96334, Portland OR 97296
Philosophy and Approach: As a mental health professional, I offer individual, relationship (couples), and group counseling sessions. I strive to always be transparent and empowering. My style is warm, empathic, and direct.
I approach our work from a narrative therapy perspective. As its name implies, we will work on your story and how we define our lives through our learned history. Narrative therapy begins with the understanding that you are the expert on your life; my job is to help you look at that story. Life is hard and blame and shame are not a solution. This quote from Michael White, a founder of narrative therapy, encapsulates my stance: “The person is not the problem, the problem is the problem.” I also find it helpful to draw from Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy when exploring trauma and underlying patterns.
You have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments, and abilities... let’s explore those! Let’s be curious together. In our work, healing is often found in a new perspective or new understanding of the story we create to define who we are. My hope is that we can build an awareness of the systems around us and how they affect our perception and the tools to a continued experience of your authentic self.
I am also qualified and competent in writing letters of support for gender-affirming medical care. My focus includes gender and gender transition, sexuality, racial identity, trauma, and personal growth. I welcome people of all identities.
Formal Education and Training: I hold a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Portland State University. My coursework included: Theories and Interventions, Foundations of Substance Abuse, Developmental Foundations, Using Tests and Appraisal Instruments, Foundations of Couples, Marriage, and Family Counseling, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Legal & Ethical Issues, Psychopharmacology, Multicultural Counseling, Research and Program Evaluation, Group Counseling, Foundations of Mental Health Services, Counseling Skills, Career & Lifestyle Planning, Systemic Perspective on Human Sexuality, and Grief and Loss. This program is certified by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
I have trained in assessment and planning for gender-affirming medical care with Kate Kauffman of Brave Space.
As a registered intern with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, I abide by its Code of Ethics as well as that of the American Counseling Association. As an intern, I am supervised by K Hixson, Ph.D. a licensed professional counselor, which I will be happy to explain.
Fees: My fee is $120 per 50-minute individual session. Relationship (couples) sessions are $150 per 50-minute or $200 per 80-minute. Group counseling is up to $50 per person, per session. Limited sliding scale available based on need.
As a client of an Oregon registered counselor associate, you have the following rights:
To expect that a licensee has met the qualifications of training and experience required by state law;
To examine public records maintained by the Board and to have the Board confirm credentials of a licensee;
To obtain a copy of the Code of Ethics (Oregon Administrative Rules 833-100);
To report complaints to the Board;
To be informed of the cost of professional services before receiving the services;
To be assured of privacy and confidentiality while receiving services as defined by rule or
law, with the following exceptions: 1) Reporting suspected child abuse; 2) Reporting imminent danger to you or others; 3) Reporting information required in court proceedings or by your insurance company, or other relevant agencies; 4) Providing information concerning licensee case consultation or supervision; and 5) Defending claims brought by you against me;
To be free from discrimination because of age, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, national origin, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, or socioeconomic status.
You may contact the Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists at
For additional information about this intern, consult the Board’s website.