About Me

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Steven “Bo” O’Dell

My name is Steven “Bo” O’Dell. I am an independent Licensed Clinical Social Worker working in Portland, Oregon. I received my bachelors degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1989 and my Masters degree from Portland State University in 1992. During graduate school, I was awarded a clinical fellowship for direct human service from the National Institute of Mental Health.

I am licensed to practice by the Oregon State Board of Clinical Social Workers (license number 2226), and am a Board Certified Diplomate by the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work. I am also a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist as designated by the National Guild of Hypnotists and the Oregon Hypnotherapy Association. I have been in private practice since November 1997.

Services & Availability

I offer individual therapy for adults and adolescents. Treatment issues include depression, anxiety, sexual self-esteem and identity, gender identity and gender complexity, and difficulties arising from adjustment to significant life changes including divorce, loss of a loved one, and traumatic stress.

General office hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Evening appointments are limited. Appointments are not available on the weekend.

Type of Therapy

In general, I practice with the emphasis on cognitive and behavioral therapies. With permission, I also use a combination of energy psychology protocols and clinical hypnosis. Your session will be devised specifically for you and will incorporate a number of different techniques and traditions. As part of this, you may be asked to do assignments or to participate in a behavioral modification plan. You always have the right to refuse to participate in any activity or plan; however, you must be willing to talk about your feelings and your emotional responses in order for therapy to be helpful.


Anything discussed during the course of psychotherapy is held in strict confidence; additionally, it is my policy to safeguard your privacy outside the office setting. This means that you will not be acknowledged in any way unless you initiate contact yourself—whether that happens at the grocery store or anywhere else in the community.

There are, however, exclusions and limitations to confidentiality of which you should be aware. These include (1) statements you might make indicating an intent to harm yourself or others, (2) statements you might make indicating an intent to commit or a history of committing child or elder abuse and (3) information that would facilitate your medical care in a life-threatening emergency.


Initial/Evaluative sessions are billed at $165; Family or Conjoint therapy sessions are billed at $140; and Individual therapy sessions are billed at $125.

You may have insurance to help cover the cost of care.

Payment (whether co-pay, deductible, or private pay) is expected at the time of service. I accept cash, check, and Visa/Master Card.

Telephone consultation is not charged unless otherwise specifically stated. Additionally, there are options for reduced fees should you have financial need.

Cancellation, No Show, and Inclement Weather Policy

If you should need to cancel an appointment, please provide 24-hour notice. Messages regarding cancellations will be returned for confirmation. Appointments not canceled in advance are charged unless the reason is for medical necessity and/or severe inclement weather. You will be afforded the same courtesy by me and in-kind compensation will be made for appointments canceled without adequate notice, medical reason, or by the persistence of severe inclement weather.