Counseling

Meeting you where you are

JFCS’ Counseling program provides compassionate, person-centered, trauma-informed mental-health services to adults, children, teens, couples and families facing life’s challenges. Our priority is to provide support based on trust, empathy and understanding to ensure that our clients feel safe, empowered and able to make progress toward their goals.

Meet JFCS’ newest child and family therapists,

Chaviva Greenberg and Zoe Muller

Both Chaviva and Zoe are currently accepting new clients.  

Chaviva Greenberg, MSW, CSWA

An experienced educator, Chaviva, during the COVID-19 pandemic, turned her professional attention to counseling. A graduate with honors from Wurtzweiler’s School of Social Work, Chaviva received an award for excellence upon receiving her degree in 2022. Learn more about Chaviva here.

Click here to schedule an appointment with Chaviva.

 

Zoe MullerZoe Muller, MSW, CSWA

Fluent in three languages, Zoe was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, moved to Israel as a child – eventually completing her military service and higher education there. Zoe attended Hebrew University in Jerusalem for her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Learn more about Zoe here.

Click here to schedule an appointment with Zoe.

Our Counseling team – with combined 50 years’ experience – and program:

  • Includes licensed and master’s level providers (MSWs and LCSWs)
  • Provides culturally competent, confidential and effective services
  • Offers our clients as many treatment options as possible
  • Accepts private pay, sliding scale, Medicare and secondary insurance, as well as commercial insurance according to plan provision
  • Meets clients where they are

What does this phrase “meeting you where you are” really mean? 

  • Our clinicians work with clients in the physical space that works best for them and also in their most comfortable emotional space. “It has to do with a person’s right to self-determination that we always honor,” says Missy Fry, LCSW, Aging & Adult Services Clinician.
  • We see clients by appointment-only at our downtown offices and in our space at the Eastside Jewish Commons (EJC); in their home when warranted; and online thanks to the advantages of telehealth.

JFCS offers counseling services that focus on wellness and the development of coping strategies via a strengths-based approach for a variety of mental health issues.

Our counseling services include:

  • Psychotherapy for adults across the lifespan
  • Specialized geriatric psychotherapy
  • Counseling for children, teens and families
  • Short-term solution-focused therapy
  • Processing and support groups
  • Staff training and development

For more information, click here to contact the Counseling department.

Partnerships power Counseling

“Partnerships are what make us a social-services organization,” says Douglass Ruth, LCSW, clinical director of Jewish Family & Child Service. 

He and JFCS Counseling program colleagues Laura Cohen, LCSW, ACSW, child and family therapist, and Missy Fry, LCSW, CAGCS, aging & adult services clinician, engage local and national partners to expand JFCS’ reach and strengthen community for clients seeking mental-health support.

Click here to learn more.

Mental Health SpotlightMental Health Spotlight

In addition to one-on-one psychotherapy, JFCS offers Mental Health Spotlight to shine a light on areas where all people – children through older adults, including self-identified disabled members of our community – struggle and can seek help. Mental Health Spotlight’s goal is community outreach and providing pertinent information about topics our clinicians are tuned in to through their client work.  

Mental Health Spotlight is not one-on-one therapy. It offers groups, workshops and presentations — spaces for anyone in the community to connect with others and share what’s on their mind.

Click here to learn more about this important program or check out our group sessions currently being offered below. 

Our ongoing, drop-in groups:

Community Connection

Join JFCS for weekly conversations on Zoom: It is a space for anyone in the community to connect with others and share what’s on their mind.

Grief Connection

Grief affects every part of our lives and can be a lonely road to travel. Join us for our monthly grief-processing group for adults. In our virtual sessions, we will have the opportunity to share our own experiences with grief, connect with others, and learn strategies for moving through loss. Click here to learn more.

Cancer Support Group

Community is important. Cancer is lonely. Jewish Family & Child Service has combined these two truths to create this support group open to anyone with a cancer diagnosis. Click here to learn more.

All groups meet on Zoom. Zoom links provided below.

2024 CALENDAR

FEBRUARY

Friday, February 2, 10am-11am
Grief Connection
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Friday, February 9, 10am-11am
Community Connection
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Wednesday, February 14, 6pm
Cancer Support Group
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Friday, February 16, 10am-11am
Community Connection
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Friday, February 23, 10am-11am
Community Connection
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MARCH

Friday, March 1, 10am-11am
Grief Connection
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Friday, March 8, 10am-11am
Community Connection
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Wednesday, March 13, 6pm
Cancer Support Group
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Friday, March 15, 10am-11am via Zoom
Next Generations Group (NGG) & JFCS Community Connection support group:
Navigating Challenging Times through Reflective Resilience
This zoom is for NGG members only and registration is required as space is limited. If you are a member of NGG, you can register via email here.

Friday, March 22, 10am-11am
Community Connection
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Friday, March 29, 10am-11am
Community Connection
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Watch this short video above featuring JFCS’ clinicians discussing community need and their role in supporting clients’ mental health.

Learn more about our Counseling program:

 

JFCS: the community’s go-to agency for mental health services

Learn more about our mental health services and PCTI approach to care

 

Click here for a list of Behavioral Health Community Resources

Meet Our Counseling Team

 

Douglass Ruth
Douglass Ruth, LCSW

Clinical Director

A Duke University grad with a master’s from Smith College School of Social Work, Doug has been with JFCS since 2010 and provides individual, couples and group counseling in addition to supervisory responsibilities. Passionate about providing person-centered, trauma-informed (PCTI) care to his clients, Doug might be equally passionate about his playful dog Balto. Learn more about Doug here.

 

Missy Fry
Missy Fry, LCSW

Aging & Adult Services Clinician

Missy earned her master’s from Portland State University’s School of Social Work in 2016 and specializes in grief therapy and working with older adults. She also holds a graduate certificate in Gerontology from PSU. Her clinical focus is PCTI and a strengths-based approach to therapy (while also proud to be a natural redhead). Learn more about Missy here.

 

Chaviva Greenberg, MSW, CSWA

Child and Family Therapist

An experienced educator, Chaviva, during the COVID-19 pandemic, turned her professional attention to counseling. A graduate with honors from Wurtzweiler’s School of Social Work, Chaviva received an award for excellence upon receiving her degree in 2022. Learn more about Chaviva here.

 

Zoe MullerZoe Muller, MSW, CSWA

Child and Family Therapist

Fluent in three languages, Zoe was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, moved to Israel as a child – eventually completing her military service and higher education there. Zoe attended Hebrew University in Jerusalem for her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Learn more about Zoe here.

 

Nicole WaltersNicole Walters

Social Work Intern

Nicole is a graduate student at the University of Denver, pursuing a Master’s in Social Work with an emphasis on mental health and trauma studies. Her main area of focus in her clinical work is with older adults. Learn more about Nicole here.

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Click here to read our June newsletter with a spotlight on our Counseling program.

Click the video above to watch a Legal and Financial planning presentation with Elder-law expert Michael Rose and learn about important concepts that are relevant to you and your loved ones.

Missy Fry wins Rogoway Award

Congratulations to Missy Fry, Aging & Adult Services Clinician, who was the 2022 recipient of the Laurie Rogoway Outstanding Jewish Professional Award, which recognizes a current Jewish communal professional in greater Portland. 

With JFCS for 11 years, Missy is the first therapist to win this award in its eight-year history.