(503) 730-1594

Office Location:

2100 NE Broadway Street
Suite 329
Portland, OR 97232

Office Hours:

By appointment

Bodhi Button

Professional Background:

I received my doctorate at the University of Notre Dame, where I had the privilege of working with an amazing collection of professors and clinicians. During those years, I provided therapy and assessment services both on and off-campus. I also did a 1-year internship in Montana, where I worked at Montana State University and on the Crow Indian Reservation.

My graduate research focused on the psychological aspects of conservation and environmental issues, and my dissertation explored environmental values and how they develop. These experiences influenced my clinical work by making me more sensitive to the unique cultural and personal values that each client brings to the therapeutic process. To this day, I place great importance on understanding, respecting, and working with the core values and beliefs of each client.

After receiving my doctorate, I did some volunteer and non-profit work in conservation and environmental education. I also continued to develop my ideas about value systems and value change. I eventually accepted a resident position at the University of Wyoming, where I worked at the University Counseling Center, Student Health Services, and the free Downtown Clinic in Laramie.

Once my residency was complete, I decided to build a more permanent life for myself in the Pacific Northwest. I relocated to Portland, got licensed as a Psychologist, and set up an independent private practice. In those early years, I made ends meet by contracting with the Oregon Department of Corrections. I provided therapy and educational services at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem and at the Columbia River Correctional Institution in Portland.

Throughout all of these experiences, I have made frequent side-trips to explore the people and places of the United States and the world at large. As a result, I have been fortunate to see much of our beautiful nation, to live overseas for extended periods of time, and to immerse myself in cultures very different from my own. I mention these travels, because they have greatly impacted my therapy style and my ability to work with diverse clients.

At this point in my career, I have been in private practice for over 10 years, and my approach to therapy continues to evolve in response to life experiences, both inside and outside the office. Some of the most impactful of these experiences have been marriage, parenting, and the loss of my wife to cancer. Each experience deepens my understanding of humans and how we suffer, as well as how we can heal in the face of suffering.