Ruth Tessema
Level 3 Trained

Ruth Tessema

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1110 SE Alder St. #301 Portland, OR  97214 United States
Provides online therapy



Please call (503)714-6858 regarding appointment availability.

Insurance Accepted


Payment Methods
  • Credit cards
  • Degree: M.Ed.
  • Field: Counselor Education
  • License states: Oregon

I am a psychotherapist specializing in work with people of color healing from trauma or experiencing life transitions. My passions include supporting those of marginalized populations using cultural specific strategies and techniques. There seems to have always been a negative stigma surrounding therapy or seeking therapy. In my community and relative to similar cultures, the negative perceptions still makes some people hesitant to try it out. My goal is to help dismantle this stigma so people of all cultures and race can find representation and benefits towards mental health and wellness.  

I believe we have a natural desire to heal and the ability to build resilience. My goal as your counselor is to provide support as you garner skills to face difficult roadblocks that might otherwise seem too overwhelming to tackle or subconsciously hidden. Some of these obstacles can cause stress, anxiety, anger, depression, shame, insecurities, and conflicts with relationships. I strongly believe that each individual can reveal their own past to create their better future, essentially to move toward putting their mental health first and thrive. 

I’m passionate about providing counseling to couples to determine the best course for their relationship. Whether it’s simply to maintain a healthy relationship, following an affair, or deciding if you should remain in a relationship, my role is to set you on the right path to do so.

I strongly believe the Gottman Method for couples, being grounded in decades of research, provides the best framework to do so. I strive to provide a safe environment for couples to explore relationship concerns and to develop skills to better navigate issues.

Special populations

Trauma survivors, BIPOC/people of Color, Newly weds, Parents with school aged children, faith-based

  • Online Therapy
  • Individual
  • Couples
  • Affairs
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Parenting
  • PTSD
  • Social Anxiety
Specialized Ages
  • Adults