Priyadarshani (Priya) Loess, Ph.D.

Priyadarshani (Priya) Loess, PhD
Cultivating self-compassion.

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Many of us feel we fall short of the lives we want, but it can feel daunting to make change happen. We feel stuck. It can be scary to face the things about ourselves that aren’t working. Therapy can help with this.

My aim is to help you see yourself fully, with compassion, and take steps towards creating real change. In a space of validation and non-judgment, I will help you to learn new effective ways of approaching your life.

As a part of my approach I will help you develop self-compassion. Self-compassion means treating yourself with kindness, as you would treat a friend who is suffering. Self-compassion allows us to experience and sit with difficult emotions. My goal is to help you relate more effectively to painful experiences in order to thrive.

I am committed to understanding you and how you express yourself. As a person of mixed ethnic and cultural background, I recognize the complexity and uniqueness of how our experiences shape our identity. Practicing from a place of cultural humility, I value working with people of all ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, abilities, and backgrounds. I strive to understand your challenges, your strengths, and your values in order to help you live a meaningful life.

In addition to helping people creating meaningful lives, I have particular specialties. I work with issues related to sexual trauma, health-related anxiety, trichotillomania (hair pulling), excoriation (skin picking), and depression.

I use evidence-based, cognitive behavioral treatments such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Additionally, I am trained in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). For sexual trauma, I draw from trauma-processing treatments and teach coping skills.

I collaborate with people in helping them work towards their goals, explore who they are, and help them accept uncertainty and ambiguity. I incorporate mindfulness practice and emotion regulation skills, and the cultivation of self-compassion, self-acceptance, and self-discovery. I work well with people who are open to these practices and who are goal-directed.

I want to help you feel more connected to yourself and others, and to develop a life based on what’s most important for you.

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Treatment Approach

Orientation: My orientation is primarily anchored in more modern cognitive-behavioral approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and I regularly incorporate mindfulness and self-compassion into therapy. I also specialize in behavior therapy and exposure therapy.
Modalities: Individuals

Client Focus

Ages: 18+
Special Populations: Women, LGBTQI+ affirmative, Ethnically diverse


Practicing Since: 2013
Degree: : Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
Year Graduated: 2019
License Number and State: Licensed Psychologist in Oregon #3188


  • Sexual trauma
  • Self-compassion
  • Health Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trichotillomania (hair pulling)
  • Excoriation (skin picking)
  • Identity exploration
  • Ethnic-identity exploration


Average Cost: $140-$180
Accepted Insurance Plans: PacificSource and I accept most other insurance as an out-of-network provider

How I can help:

Finding a therapist that you connect and feel safe with is one of the first steps in healing. If you need to explore issues related to sexual trauma, trichotillomania (hair pulling), excoriation (skin picking), health anxiety, identity, ethnic-identity, and/or depression and think I might be a good match, feel free to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Email Address:
Phone: 503-281-4852 ext. 216

To contact me, call me at 503-281-4852 x216, or use the confidential contact form below.

What Makes Us Unique

Portland Psychotherapy is a clinic, research & training center with a unique business model that funds scientific research. This results in a team of therapists who are exceptionally well-trained and knowledgeable about their areas of specialty.