Navigating the Intersection of Work and Mental Health

Team & Approach

People + Practices

Katie Playfair, LPC

For now, my team is you (my client) and me. Someday, perhaps there will be more consultants here but for now, it's us. You're the expert at your life and I'm the expert on how brains work (generally). You know who you are. Now, who am I? 

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (Oregon) and Licensed Mental Health Counselor (Washington). Previous to becoming a counselor, I was a management consultant to technology teams. Now I use both counseling and consulting skills to help individuals and organizations with career, work, and mental health challenges. If you are experiencing some combination of work stress, anxiety, career challenges, or other distress, I would love to have the chance to help you!

On the organizational side, I offer advice to improve work environments, employer-employee relationships, and generally maximize mutual benefits for workers and their companies. 

When I'm not working, you'll find me spending time with my husband, two kids, and dogs, hiking, gardening, exploring Oregon and Washington, cooking, and making things (mostly badly). I also do a lot of walking around Portland for exercise and occasionally make it to yoga class. 

I know you have to find the right counselor for you so please, keep researching or reach out and ask me your questions personally. You can read more about my professional experience on my LinkedIn profile and you can find many ways to contact me here. 


My practice is based on cognitive-behavioral (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) theories and techniques. CBT is a behavioral treatment paradigm that focuses on helping clients change their behaviors first. Evidence shows that behavioral change can facilitate changes in thoughts and feelings. ACT is a nuanced paradigm that, from a client perspective, focuses on mindfulness and values. I teach clients techniques on being more present in the current moment to help them identify purpose and meaning in their life so they can more deliberately live the life they want to live. ACT and CBT are evidence-based and are well supported as approaches to anxiety and depression (and they just so happen to work for career counseling as well).