Hello, my name is Jacob Spilman.  I have worked in various parts of the mental health field for over 20 years. My practice is in downtown Portland, Oregon.I use a warm, humorous, common sense, eclectic approach based on the particular problems my clients present. My perspective on psychotherapy and coaching is holistic, focusing on my client’s unique individual strengths to build self-reliance and confidence in a safe, supportive environment.

Some clients come to me simply to get “unstuck”. For short-term work, I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Hypnotherapy. For longer-term problems I use a Psychodynamic approach.

Other clients are unhappy with long-standing self-defeating aspects of their personality that require long-term therapy.




Some of the issues I deal with in counseling include:

  • Choosing the Right Relationship, Dating & Attraction
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Couples Counseling: Communications, Intimacy, Money & Power Issues
  • Maintaining Relationships
  • Coping with Ending Relationships
  • Bereavement
  • Executive/Employee Assistance Issues
  • Coping with Stress /Burn-out/Anxiety / Panic Attacks
  • Co-Dependency and Adult Children of Alcoholics/Addicts Issues
  • Addictions


Some issues I address in coaching include:

  • Career Direction and Strategy
    • Information Interviewing & Networking
    • Establishing Mentoring Relationships
    • Interview Skills
    • Organizational Systems Strategies
    • Management and Leadership Skills
    • Sales Skills and Sales Reluctance Issues
    • Time Management and Organization
    • Life-Balance & Resilience


Entrepreneurial Skills

  • Strategizing the transition from paid employment to entrepreneurship.
  • The inner game of entrepreneurship.
  • Sales Skills and Sales Reluctance Issues.
  • Management and Leadership Skills
  • Time Management and Organization
  • Life-Balance & Resilience


Licenses and Certificates

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (State of Oregon #C1663)
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (State of Oregon #T0408)
  • Certified Employee Assistance Professional (EACC #020083)


Begin with an initial phone consultation.

Feel free to contact me by phone or email to schedule a 15-20 minute initial phone consultation to see if I have the expertise you are looking for. If I can’t help, I will try to recommend a professional or community resource that can.