Claudia Byrne, PhD

I specialize in helping people who have experienced stressful life events including trauma, a chronic medical illness or pain condition, depression, anxiety, or relationship difficulties. I offer teletherapy psychotherapy and educational online classes in Texas, Colorado, and Oregon.

Currently, I have openings in my "Cognitive-Behavioral Techniques for Improving Insomnia (CBT-I)" class and my "Coping with Chronic Pain" class.



There are three things that I believe I know about you already. The first thing I know is that you are resilient. You have encountered a lot of stressful events in your life and you survived them all. Now you are looking for ways to cope and heal from the effects of those experiences.

The next thing I know is that you are courageous. You are ready to face what has caused you to feel fearful, sad, or nervous.

Finally, you are looking for someone with whom you can trust with your feelings and vulnerabilities. I will not judge you, invalidate your feelings, or mislead you. Take your time to read about my background and treatment philosophy and how I believe I can best help you.

About Me
I understand that feeling safe and trusting are two of the most important things you need from me in order to explore and express your feelings in therapy. My interpersonal style is non-judgmental, honest, curious, and compassionate. I believe that authenticity and acceptance fosters a sense of safety and trust in our relationship. I respect your pace; I don’t push or require you to talk about anything before you are ready. I will guide you with questions and reflections, but I will also respect your boundaries. I use therapeutic techniques that have been well supported by research and that have been recommended by both the American Psychological and Psychiatric Associations.
EDUCATION
B.A. in Psychology and Communications from the University of Colorado (1991)
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (2001)
EXPERIENCES
Prior to graduating with my doctorate in psychology, I received training at the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital Substance Abuse Treatment Program in St. Cloud, MN; the VA Hospital Medical Psychology program in Minneapolis, MN; and the University of Minnesota Counseling Center. I have also completed traineeships in the intensive care and burn units of Ramsey Hospital in St. Paul, MN and the Walk-In Counseling Center in Minneapolis, MN. My predoctoral internship was at the VA Hospital in Bay Pines, Florida with a focus on Health Psychology and PTSD/Trauma Treatment. My postdoctoral training was in Austin, Texas with a focus on Health Psychology (specialty pain management) and Geropsychology.

I continued my career in private practice in Austin for 16 years until I moved to Portland in 2017. Currently, I offer both in-person and videotherapy sessions. I have recently added teaching an online class in Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia and an online class called Coping with Chronic Pain Skills class.
LICENSES AND AFFILIATIONS
Texas Licensed Psychologist
Oregon Licensed Psychologist
Colorado Licensed Psychologist
American Psychological Association
Oregon Psychological Association
National Register of Health Service Psychologists
ADDITIONAL TRAININGS AND CERTIFICATIONS
I have received additional training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) to treat trauma, anxiety and depression. I am also certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). I provide classes in using CBT-I techniques to address sleep difficulties and CBT techniques to address difficulties in coping with chronic pain conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IN THERAPY?
The focus of therapy is to allow you to discuss you concerns and issues in a safe, trusting, and supportive environment. Our sessions will run approximately 55 minutes and we will meet weekly. The time in between sessions is particularly therapeutic as you begin to practice changing patterns of thoughts or behaviors in the other areas of your life outside of my office. Therapy is most effective when you are an active participant, both in and outside of the therapy sessions.
WHAT CAN I GAIN IN THERAPY?
It depends on your personal goals. Some of my clients want to improve their mood and feel less anxious or depressed. Some want to learn coping skills to address current stressful life events. Others would like to stop reliving the past and increase hope for the future. Additional goals might include improving close relationships, improving sleep, or finding ways to reduce pain or cope with a pain condition.
HOW LONG WILL I BE IN THERAPY?
The length of treatment depends on many factors. Primarily, treatment length is determined by your goals in therapy, how much work you put in outside of therapy to work towards those goals, and the extent to which your symptoms are interfering with your life. We will be continuing discussing your progress towards your goals and estimated length of therapy throughout our work together.
WHICH IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IN PERSON THERAPY AND TELETHERAPY?
Both in-person and sessions conducted via teletherapy are equally effective modes of treatment for most all therapy issues. Some prefer in person sessions because it is a time for them to get away and have a separate private space to work on their concerns. In person sessions also provide more information via non-verbal communication that may not be seen during an online therapy session. Teletherapy is often preferable for individuals with packed schedules, for those who are ill or have difficulties leaving their homes, or for those who travel often. While the teletherapy program I use is protected, confidential, and HIPAA compliant, sometimes individuals have difficulties finding a place in their home where their conversations can be confidential. I’d be happy to discuss the differences in these methods of therapy with you to determine which modality meets your needs best.
DO I HAVE TO TALK ABOUT MY TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES?
If one of your goals is to address previous trauma, the most effective therapies do involve discussing the traumatic event. However, we will not talk in detail about those events until you first, feel safe and second, have the coping skills needed to address any temporary increase in feelings of depression or anxiety.
WHY DON’T YOU TAKE ALL INSURANCES?
In general, I do not agree with current changes in insurance coverage such that insurance companies have becoming increasingly intrusive with regard to dictating how, when, and who I can treat as a psychologist. My rationale for working with the few insurance companies I have selected is because I choose to provide therapy to underserved populations, such as the disabled, the elderly, and those residing in more rural areas of Oregon, Colorado and Texas. Please contact me if you have questions regarding whether I am a provider for your insurance plan.
WHAT DO I NEED TO GET STARTED?
Currently, I am only able to provide teletherapy sessions via video. Please call my office at 512-709-8311. I will leave a voicemail message indicating whether I am able to accept new clients or when I anticipate my next openings will occur.

The Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia online class and Chronic Pain Coping Skills online class are 5 week long classes that I offer on a continual basis. If you are interested in attending one of these classes, please click the email link below.

Services & Fees
Individual Psychotherapy
Please contact me for my fees for individual therapy. In general, my sessions last 50-55 minutes. Face to face and teletherapy sessions are charged at the same rate. I do not conduct therapy via phone or email. The cancellation fee for a missed session is $75 without 24 hours’ notice. The following concerns are often addressed in psychotherapy:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma (past and present)
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder  
  • Relationship Issues
  • Family Stress
  • Work Difficulties
  • Chronic Medical Illness
  • Chronic Pain
  • Insomnia
Teletherapy
Teletherapy or videotherapy has been found to be equally effective as in person sessions. At this time, I am only conducting videotherapy sessions. I use HIPAA-compliant, secure, confidential and encrypted software to conduct our sessions. You will only need access to the internet, a computer that is equipped with a camera and microphone, and a quiet area where you will not be interrupted during your therapy session.

Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia (CBT-I) online class
What is it? This treatment program has been found to be more effective in treating insomnia than any sleep medication. In fact, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that physicians refer their patients for a CBT-I class prior to prescribing sleep medications. This class focuses on a treatment plan developed by psychologist Dr. Gregg Jacobs while he was teaching at the Harvard Medical School. CBT-I focuses on addressing the thoughts and behaviors that are both effective and ineffective in promoting good sleep.

Who is it for? You may benefit from this class if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Difficulty waking up early
  • Using sleep medications that are no longer working
  • Finding yourself unable to use sleep medications due to the side effects

When is the class? We will meet five times over the span of six weeks. Each sleep class is 60 minutes long. The class will be held at three different times so please choose the time that best fits your schedule.

Class times are Tuesdays at 4 pm PT (6 pm CT), Thursdays at 12:00 pm PT (2 pm CT), or Fridays at 12:30 PT (2:30 CT).

Please contact me directly for the dates of the next series of classes. Classes will not be held over the summer.

What is expected of me? You will be asked to answer a few questions and keep a sleep diary daily for six weeks.

How much does it cost? The cost is $250 for 5 weekly classes and is expected to be paid in full prior to the class. The fee is non-refundable, therefore, the fees for missed classes will not be returned. If you are unable to complete the class series due to illness or emergency, you will be permitted to retake the class one time for free at a later date.

How do I sign up? Contact me to register or ask questions.

Coping with Chronic Pain Skills online class
What is it? This class focuses on primarily cognitive-behavioral techniques for pain management. CBT has been found to be one of the most effective psychological treatments to decrease depression and anxiety related to chronic pain and to improve pain level. The class will offer information on the pain cycle, thoughts and behaviors associated with increased or decreased pain levels, ways to calm the nervous system, and ways in which diet and exercise can affect pain levels.

Who is it for? This class may be helpful for the following:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression or anxiety related to your pain condition
  • Finding additional ways to treat your pain
  • Chronic Illness with Pain flare-ups

When is the class? We will meet five times over the span of five weeks. Each class is 60 minutes long. The class will be held at three different times so please choose the time that best fits your schedule.

Class times are Tuesdays at 4 pm PT (6 pm CT), Thursdays at 12:00 pm PT (2 pm CT), or Fridays at 12:30 PT (2:30 CT).

Please contact me directly for the dates of the next series of classes. Classes will not be held over the summer.

How much does it cost? The cost is $250 for 5 weekly classes and is expected to be paid in full prior to the class. The fee is non-refundable, therefore, the fees for missed classes will not be returned. If you are unable to complete the class series due to illness or emergency, you will be permitted to retake the class one time for free at a later date.

What is expected from me? You will be asked to answer a few questions and keep a pain diary daily for 5 weeks.

How do I sign up? Contact me to register or ask questions.



Contact Me
You can contact me by phone at 512-709-8311. My voicemail will indicate if I have openings, or when I anticipate an opening, for individual psychotherapy sessions.

If you are interested in attending one of my online classes, please email me at claudia@drclaudiabyrne.com. You can also contact me via secure email with this form.



Currently, I am only seeing clients via teletherapy. When face to face sessions resume, my physical office address will be 1500 NW Bethany Blvd, Suite 200, Beaverton, OR 97006.



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Email:     claudia@drclaudiabyrne.com