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Alex Rankin, MS, LPC, MFT

Serving Adolescent Boys, Men, Couples, and Families




Life is a challenge. What makes it interesting is how we choose to respond to that challenge. Each individual is called to decide whether to be content with his or her current state or whether they want more. Perhaps you or your loved ones find the challenges of life to be too many to bear, too overwhelming, or too relentless. Or perhaps, the success or fulfillment that comes so naturally in certain pursuits seems elusive or out of reach with those that matter to you most. I approach counseling with the belief that though the hurt that arises out of such challenges can lead to brokenness, it can just as easily lead to hope, strength, endurance, to perseverance, to integrity. In partnering with you, I will provide the safety, encouragement, and optimism necessary to explore the impact of life’s hardships on you or your family, while inviting you to rediscover your innate capacity for love, courage, the refusal to settle, and the commitment to keep striving for wholeness in spite of the odds.

As a Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapy Intern, I utilize a systemic perspective with an emphasis on intergenerational influences and Cognitive Behavioral methods when working with individuals, families, and couples. In other words, I encourage families to become aware of the influence of their closest relationships on their life so that they can learn to dictate the course of their family legacy rather than being subject to it. In doing so, I guide clients towards the realization of self-efficacy, hope, and improved functioning through the mutual discovery and achievement of identified goals. As I am particularly attentive to the influence that important relationships have on a person’s response to life challenges, either in sustaining them or helping to overcome them, I am happy to incorporate family members and significant others in the healing process as often as is prudent in order to foster enduring change.

Formal Education and Training:
I hold a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary School of Psychology. Major areas of study included: Family Therapy, Marital Therapy, Psychopathology, among others, as well as extensive study in the interplay of religion, faith, and psychology.
For over a decade, I have worked in various capacities to help troubled youth and families heal and connect. I have journeyed with couples as they prepared for or reinvested in their marriage, aided spouses in facing terminal illness or bereavement, and guided men in facing personal challenges.

Current Professional Status: I am Licensed Professional Counselor (License #: C3348), and a Marriage and Family Therapist (Intern #: R1388) with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Marriage and Family Therapist, I am required to participate in ongoing continuing education, relevant to this profession. In addition to continuing education, I practice under the direct supervision of Terra A. Mattson, M.A., LMFT, LPC. The intent of such supervision is purely to insure the provision of the highest quality of services offered to you. All clients are invited to seek clarification of the above as desired. I am also a member of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists.

Fees & Policies: 50-minute sessions are $145.00. Payment is made upfront on a weekly or monthly basis via cash or check, or credit card. You may investigate if your insurance covers out-of-network therapy. If my services are covered by your health insurance I will be happy to provide a receipt for service so that you may be reimbursed directly.

Become an optimist. Learn to believe again. Plan for your life to be different and remember:
“Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4 KJV)

To schedule an appointment, please call me at 503-568-1510.