Stephen Shostek - My Background & Practice

Upper Tryon Creek in Portland's Marshall Park

My Background and Practice

I opened my counseling practice in 1999 working with individuals, couples and groups. In 2024 I'll be closing my practice and retiring.

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. I integrate a rich set of perspectives and methods so that I can meet you as the unique person that 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.

Since I practice as an alternative therapist, I've been concerned about the status of alternative practice in Oregon and have involved myself is numerous legislative efforts during my career. I've participated in various legislative workgroups and regulatory studies, and worked with a wide range of persons involved in government and regulation who for the most part truely care about the well being of Oregonians. The most recent effort was a legislative workgroup that wrote House Bill 2493, which would have created a registry office for alternative therapists. A short blog post about HB2493 can be found here.

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founding member Existential-Humanistic NorthWest. Board member and officer, 2010-2017.
  • 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 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.

Questions About My Portland Counseling Services?

You can read more about my practice in the navbar links above. Questions? Send me email or find me by phone to (503)780-3865.

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

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