Stephen Shostek - My Background & Practice

Upper Tryon Creek in Portland's Marshall Park

My Background and Practice

I opened my Portland counseling practice in 1999 working with individuals, couples and groups.

I'm trained and certified in Core Energetics, a mind-body therapy. I trained during the 1990's at the Institute for Core Energetics West in a four year training program and followed later with four years as a training assistant at the same institute. I've also completed trainings and studies in the Existential Humanist perspective. As a life-long learner I continue with on-going studies to integrate additional perspectives in my work.


Integrating and Blending Perspectives

The theorist, author and therapist Irvin Yalom gave a piece of advice to therapists that I've found relevant for my approach: "The therapist must strive to create a new therapy for every patient.", Yalom advises. Yalom is speaking about the spontaneity and genuine-ness with which he meets his clients. I strive to meet each of my clients in that unique and genuine way that Yalom advises by adapting the broad range of what I've studied for your particular needs.


My counseling work is primarily guided by principles from the Existential-Humanist (E-H) perspective. I integrate mind-body therapy and other perspectives into the E-H perspective in my approach to counseling therapy. Some of those other perspectives include Buddhist philosophy, particularly the practice of mindfulness meditation and Buddhist philosophy's perspective on human suffering. I also sometimes use Voice Dialog methods in my work. I bring together a rich set of counseling and therapy perspectives and methods so that I can meet you as the unique person who you are, and assist you in meeting your goals.


I practice in the state of Oregon as an alternative non-licensed therapist under Oregon Regulatory Statute 675.825(4). I've chosen this style of practice because I believe it's the best fit for the humanistic work that I do. My counseling therapy is oriented toward addressing personal growth and the ordinary concerns of ordinary persons - work that's humanistic in nature rather than based in the medical model. If you have a complex mental-health/medical need, please seek appropriate help from practitioners within the medical model.


Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founding member Existential-Humanistic NorthWest. Board member and officer.
  • USABP Professional Member.
  • AHP Professional Member.
  • Assistant faculty 2002-2006 Institure for Core Energetics West.

Earlier Professional Work

My earlier professional history includes 25 years of experience in software engineering, marketing and management. This experience enriches my work, as I have direct experience with workplace and business matters, career changes, transitions, and other issues related to the workplace and professional/career matters.


The Fun and Playful Stuff. . .

I've been living in Portland since 1986 and I love it here. The people, the food, microbrews, music and entertainment scene... I could go on too long. I also love having the Pacific Northwest as my outdoor adventure playground where I enjoy skiing, hiking, sea kayaking, and climbing. There's nothing quite like a sunny day in the mountains or coast here in the PNW! Music is also a passion and I've been fortunate to play guitar in a some fun projects and collaborations. I enjoy playing blues, blues based rock, and folk-rock. I do my own small part to keep Portland weird.

I share my life with my wife and our 3 just-about-grownup kids in our blended family.


Questions About My Portland Counseling Services?

You can read more about my background, perspectives in counseling therapy, Portland Therapist Blog, classes and group work at the navbar links above. Questions? You can send me email and I also invite you to arrange a no-cost initial consult through my online scheduler or through email to meet with me at my Portland therapy office to get answers. You can also find me by phone to 503-963-8600.

Stephen Shostek

Schedule a No-Cost Initial Consult

I offer an initial consultation session to make evaluating my counseling services easier. A time to get answers to your questions, learn more about my methods, talk about your concerns, and get a sense of my style to help you decide whether my work is a good fit for your therapy needs. Schedule a consultation with my online scheduler, through email to me or by phone to 503-963-8600 at my Portland therapy office.


Lowrie Bay Sunset

"Our culture treats the mind and body as if they are separate entities, and I want to reconnect the two."

Dr. John Ratey, from Spark

Nootka Island
"We know what we are, but not what we may be."
Shakespear, from Hamlet

My focus is on personal growth to resolve your concerns and find the fulfillment you want.



Email: stephen@stephenshostek.com
Phone: (503)963-8600
819 SE Morrison St, suite 130, Portland, OR 97214


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