Dr. Loral Lee Portenier, Licensed Professional Counselor

Dr. Loral Lee Portenier, PhD, LCPC, NCC

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I help motivated and willing clients get increased clarity, focus their energy, and achieve their own, personal goals.

How many times have you set out to heal your wounds, redirect your life, and achieve your own goals for yourself, only to end up derailed by the people, memories, and circumstances of your life?

How many times have you told yourself you can’t take the pain any longer and are willing to do whatever it takes to get past it, yet, no matter how hard you work at it, you’re still there?

Or, how many times have you tried to stop doing the things that you know are holding you back, to no avail?

Actually, these things are all normal, experienced by nearly everyone at some point in their lives. The reasons for this are numerous. For instance:

• Habits can be really hard to change
• Our lives reflect those of the people we hang out with
• We have conscious and unconscious beliefs that keep us stuck at a certain level
• We have too many ANTS in our heads (Automatic Negative Thoughts)
• Our goals aren’t clear enough to give us something specific to aim for
• We’ve got massive underlying resistance to living our dreams
• We know what we DON’T want, but we’re not terribly clear on what we DO want
• Great role models don’t exist in our lives yet, or they do but we’re not recognizing them as such
• And much more….

Sometimes people will feel desperate and force themselves into therapy, only to find that therapy fails—perhaps repeatedly. This can happen for various reasons, such as they don’t have a great connection with their therapist, the wrong approach is being used, and/or they’re not at a place on their life paths where they are willing and able to make the changes necessary to be able to meet their own goals.

I work with clients who have reached a point where now they ARE willing and able to commit to going through the healing process, to defining and achieving their own goals, and to increasing their quality of life to the level they desire. They’re willing to work hard and to invest in themselves in a way they never have before. (And no judgment if they decide they’re not ready for that, after all.)

I work hard right along beside them. Together we explore and experiment to see what each client responds best to at that point in their lives, keeping in mind that no two people are the same, therefore, we need to adapt our approach to them, personally.

To this end, I’ve made a point of educating myself on a wide variety of theoretical approaches and tools to best meet the needs of each client. My focus is holistic, incorporating the entire person, not just the mind. I’m also a transpersonal depth therapist, meaning that I go beyond what’s on the surface to address what’s hidden beneath that is causing you problems.

Think of floating the river—from your kayak you can see the surface of the water, the rocks and roots that peek out above the current, the upcoming bends in the river. But you can’t see what’s submerged, especially when the current is swift and swirling, so you hit something, capsize, and knock yourself silly while trying hard not to drown in the process. You’ll probably get the wind knocked out of you, and may feel like you’ve been beaten to a pulp and haven’t the energy to right your kayak and continue trying to navigate that tempestuous river.

With my approach, we go into the water together, out of the kayak. I keep you quite safe with a lifeline and together we explore what’s beneath the surface that keeps taking you down and preventing you from moving forward and reaching your goals.

My tools include such things as:
• Cognitive-behavioral therapy (Your paddling style is ineffective and I can teach you a better way.)
• Expressive arts therapy (Your body needs to connect with and feel the flow of the river instead of fighting it.)
• Guided imagery and visualization (A bird’s eye view of the river can be so helpful.)
• Hypnotherapy (How can you truly know what’s below the surface unless you go down there and assess the situation for yourself, and remove what’s getting in your way?)

Again, I’m right there beside you, keeping you safe, holding your hand, teaching you new tools, and helping you clear the debris from your river so you can proceed safely and efficiently.

Depending on the client, what I offer is depth counseling or depth coaching. If you sense that you’ve reached the point where you’re ready and willing to work in a focused and determined way toward your quality of life goals, and are ready to hire a good river guide to help you make it happen, I’d be honored to work alongside of you in your endeavors. Drop me a quick email and we’ll set up an appointment to see if I’m truly the right guide for you at this point in your life.

Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • Anger Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Binge Eating
  • Bipolar & Other Mood Disorders
  • Body Image
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief & Loss
  • Hoarding
  • Life Coaching
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Pet Loss
  • Phobias & Fears
  • Pre-Marital & Marital Issues
  • Relationships
  • School Performance
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Injury
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Spirituality
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Suicidality
  • Suicide Loss
  • Trauma & Ptsd
  • Women's Issues

Therapy Types

  • Acceptance And Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Complementary Or Alternative Medicine
  • Dance Or Movement Therapy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness
  • Music Therapy
  • Play Therapy & Sandtray
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Somatic Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
$120.00 - $200.00
Sliding Scale
No
Pay By
Cash, Paypal

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
21
License(s)
License #
state
Licensed Professional Counselor
1081
Montana
Professional Association(s)
Membership Type
American Counseling Association
Regular
Graduate School(s)
Degree
Year Graduated
Saybrook Graduate School
PhD
2012
Montana State University
MS
2001