What is The Center’s Mission?

The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center supports and strengthens our community by providing professional mental health services to all, regardless of faith or finances.

Who are your clients?

The Center offers behavioral health care for more than 1,200 clients annually drawn from all areas of the Portland metro area, and beyond. Almost half of clients are uninsured and fees, donations and grants subsidize 97% of counseling sessions. Clients range in age from five to 92. No one is denied care because of an inability to pay.

What are your services?

The Center offers individual, couples and family therapy, and medication management where appropriate. In addition, we provide premarital counseling and conduct marriage preparation classes. Our therapists are available for outside speaking engagements on other topics as well.

Do you have to be Catholic to see a counselor?

No. Our services are available to all regardless of faith or doubt.

Do you have to be Catholic to work at the Center?

In order to work at the Center, a therapist must be committed to the mission of the center as well as to social justice.  Our clients and staff hold a variety of faith and spiritual practices.

What is the Center’s commitment to the staff?

Because our staff is our greatest asset, the Board of Directors is committed to providing just compensation.  Details of the compensation packet are included as part of the job description. Other benefits include a working environment that encourages excellence, flexibility in scheduling, in-house supervision and ongoing staff support.  As an Oregon State Certified Center, we hold ourselves to the highest standards.  In addition, the Center has been selected as one of Oregon’s Best Non Profits for the past five years.

Where do you get your money?

We have a combination of revenue sources. Some revenues come from fees, either from the client or an insurance company. We write grants to cover the care of those who can’t afford the fees or have no insurance. Individuals and companies make tax-deductible donations to help cover the cost of care for our most financially fragile clients.

How many people work at NCC?

Over the past 30 years, the Center continues to grow.  Today the Center employs full and part-time therapists, a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, administrative and management staff, as well as interns. There are six full-time and eleven part-time employees, along with three graduate interns.