PSYCHOTHERAPY and counseling for individuals  and Couples – Corvallis OR

Seth Bernstein, Ph.D.


QUESTION: how do i check the status of your license or file a complaint?

My Oregon Clinical Psychologist license number is 1589. To check on the status of my license, go to: 

For information about how to file a complaint with the Board of Psychology Examiners, go to

Note: my National Provider Identification number is 1659685220.

PSYCHOTHERAPY and counseling for individuals  and Couples – Corvallis OR

Seth Bernstein, Ph.D.


QUESTION: For self-pay clients, what does your $125 per hour rate pay for?

ANSWER:  Clients are buying my time. This includes the time I spend working with clients in person, on the phone, or by e-mail. It includes time doing research or time talking with your primary care physician or other third-parties (with your permission), if that is appropriate. It includes the time it takes for me to write progress notes, if I do not complete them during our meeting time. 

Question: what if I have really big problems, problems that might take years to solve? How are 8-12 sessions going to help me?

ANSWER: You very well may not be able to solve all your presenting problems in 8-12 sessions. The goal of time-limited treatment is not to solve all of a client's problems. Our big problems are most often a collection of multiple smaller problems. The "end in mind" for the type of treatment I provide is to identify a small number of important and achievable goals that can be accomplished in 8-12 sessions. In the process of achieving these goals, clients will learn skills and gain confidence that will help them continue to work on additional goals on their own.


Note: If you are a couple seeking services, substitute "we" for "I" as you read and respond to the self-assessment areas below.

Question: what happens if I get to the end of time-limited treatment and I want to continue to see you?

ANSWER: My treatment approach is designed to assist you in achieving an important, but limited set of goals within a defined period of time. When clients express a concern about ending time-limited treatment, most of the time they discover that they are more prepared to manage their own change processes than they thought. I always provide clients with the option of a follow-up appointment in two to six months.