Michael R. Shrifter

Michael R. Shrifter, PsyD

Behavioral Health

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Appointments 503-221-0161


I am a native Oregonian and who was fortunate to remain in the beautiful Pacific Northwest for graduate school, as I received my doctorate in clinical psychology from Pacific University in Forest Grove. I have worked in a variety of treatment settings, providing psychological care within college and community mental health clinics. I am excited to be able to practice at The Portland Clinic, working as part of a multidisciplinary team providing comprehensive care and to ensure treatment is tailored to best address the needs of each individual patient. I am a member of the American Psychological Association and the Oregon Psychological Association.

I consider the role of the therapeutic relationship to be of utmost importance and work carefully to create a safe and trusting environment for each patient. I am non-judgmental, collaborative, and flexible in my approach as a therapist. I believe in the importance of patience in therapy, and thus, trusting the therapeutic process and each patient’s own timing. My integrative orientation combines the use of several evidence-based psychological practices, with a foundation in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, while also incorporating Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Interpersonal theory within my approach. I specialize in providing individual psychotherapy to individuals aged 16 and older presenting with depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, grief/loss, life transitions (e.g., divorce, relocation, job, retirement), identity concerns, and chronic pain. I am also passionate in the area of Sport Psychology and thus, I deeply value my work in helping to address the needs of athletes.

I believe in the importance of self-care and genuinely enjoy spending time outdoors, playing and watching sports, time with family and friends, traveling, good food, volunteering, and exercise.

Practice Info

Specialty: Behavioral Health

Locations: South