Brian Goff, PhD
Thank you for visiting my website, and thank you for considering me when thinking about your clinical needs.
Please look around. Hopefully this page will answer some questions you might have about me and the work I do. If you have additional questions or would like to arrange for an appointment, please contact me by either phone or email. I look forward to hearing from you.
My approach to therapy is practical, interactive and values-oriented. My goal is to provide nonjudgemental support, along with feedback and direction, in order to help clients resolve current struggles and find a path forward toward living meaningful and satisfying lives.
I utilize an empirically-supported form of therapy called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). The implementation of this evidence-based treatment is in service of helping individuals engage in skillful means and live with intentionality and vitality. When appropriate, I may draw from other empirically-supported therapies. You can find more about ACT toward the bottom of this website.
Providing individual psychotherapy for various struggles including but not limited to:
Spirituality / Faith Issues
Work and Career Issues
Grief and Loss
I am a Preferred Provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon and MODA Health.
If you have another insurance plan, then a portion of my fee should be covered as an out-of-network provider. In these instances, it is best to contact the customer services department of your insurance company to inquire about out-of-network benefits for outpatient mental health.
In any case, I will bill your insurance company directly.
Additional fee information is presented in the intial paperwork for new clients.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Other contextal behavioral therapies, including mindfulness
I am a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in addition to operating a non-profit clinic. I utilize an empirically-supported, contextual behavioral therapy referred to as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT. Empirical support means that this treatment is rooted in science and it’s effectiveness has been demostrated across a number of presenting problems. ACT is rooted in the idea that if we can be more mindful of things as they are in the present moment, and have a more flexible relationship with our internal world (i.e., our thoughts and feelings), we are freed up do the things in life that matter most to us. This leads to greater levels of vitality, engagement, and meaning.
Over the course of my career, I have utilized evidence-based therapies in the treatment of a broad range of mental health issues. While a generalist, my areas of focus include mood and anxiety disorders, treatment of emotional and behavioral dysregulation, and applied mindfulness. I work primarily with adult individuals.
I have over a decade of experience in training and consultation of organizations and other mental health professionals on an array of topics including applied mindfulness, emotion regulation, and behavioral treatment methods. From the origins of the clinic in 1996 until 2006, I was the assistant director of the Portland Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program (now Portland DBT Institute). DBT is an empirically-supported treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder, suicidality and self-harm behavior, and more broadly problems with emotional and behavioral dsyregulation.
In 2019-2020, I co-hosted a mental health podcast entitled, Beyond Well. You can also see more information and listen to podcasts below.
I operate a nonprofit clinic called Evergreen Clinical. This 501c3 provides psychological services to underinsured individuals.
I am also on the Clinical Faculty at George Fox University’s Doctor of Psychology Program and an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Sciences University.
Psychologist, Oregon License #1407
University of Oregon, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
Portland VA Medical Center, Clinical Psychology Pre-Doctoral Internship
Portland Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program, Post-Doctoral Residency
The Happiness Trap | Russ Harris
Many find that it presents the ACT concepts in a clear, concise manner. Too many of us are caught in the happiness trap: we think that we should be happy all or most of the time, and we believe that we can control the circumstances of our lives in order to avoid unpleasant experiences. Using the principles of ACT, Harris offers key concepts and specific techniques for escaping the “happiness trap” to create a full, rich, and meaningful life.
Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life | Steven Hayes
This workbook teaches you how to learn life-enhancing behavior strategies that work to further the goals you value most. The realization that painful feelings cannot be controlled will open you to the possibility of fully emotional living. Once present, engaged, and aware, you can begin to build a new life for yourself filled with significance and meaning.
Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong: A Guide to Life Liberated from Anxiety | Kelly Wilson & Troy DuFrene
Dr. Wilson, an original architect of ACT, writes skillfully and compassionately about anxiety and how to stop struggling with it.
Stuff That Sucks | Ben Sedley
This is humorous, honest application of ACT for adolescents. Having said that, it is relevant and accessible and is good in the hands of people of all ages.
Russ Harris Presentations
About ACT in simple terms | Russ Harris | Interview with Zara
The struggle switch | Russ Harris | Short animation
The choice point | Russ Harris | Short animation
ACT-Themed TED Talks and Other Videos
Psychological flexibility: How love turns pain into purpose | Steven Hayes | TEDxUniversity of Nevada
The secret to self control | Jonathan Bricker | TEDxRainier
Create extraordinary interactions | Mavis Tsai | TEDxEverett
Finding your passion by inhaling meaningfulness | Steven Hayes | Interview with Rachel Collis
Using the ACT Matrix to help you to be the person you want to be… more often | Rachel Collis
Animated ACT Metaphors
Passengers on the Bus
Struggling with Interal Hijackers?
The Unwanted Party Guest
For the first year of Beyond Well, Dr. Jenna LeJeune and I co-hosted this podcast, along with author and radio personality Sheila Hamilton, and brought a decidedly ACT-friendly perspective to our conversations with guests. These were usually well-known authors, musicians, etc who shared their own personal story of struggle and the ways they had come to understand and manage those struggles. Our aim was to have very human and normalizing conversations about psychological struggles that were both entertaining and helpful.
Hear Sheila Hamilton interview me about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy on KINK’s Speaking Freely. Sheila is a five-time Emmy Award winning journalist, radio personality, advocate, and the author of All The Things We Never Knew.
At times, my schedule will be full and I’ll be unable to accept new clients. Other issues (e.g., location, schedule, insurance) might make working with me impractical. With these realities in mind, here is a searchable database to find an ACT therapist. (Provision of this list is not an endorsement of any one therapist.)
I founded Evergreen Clinical (EGC) in 2004. It was created out of a desire to provide services to those without insurance and thus had limited options for receiving care. The original model was simple, and it has remained so for over a decade: Keep fees very low by keeping expenses very low. EGC is an IRS-recognized 501c3 nonprofit organziation, and so donations are tax-deductible. Tax ID: 26-0685758. You can learn more by going to evergreenclinical.org.
5 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 400
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035