Portland Depression Therapist


Help finding lasting relief from crippling depression.

If you need support getting out of your own way, or navigating a difficult life transition, I can help you find more calm and positivity, and start living life to the full. I provide highly personalized psychotherapy for those struggling with depression disorders such as Major Depressive Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Seasonal Affective Disorder, & Post-partum Depression. Depression is a very common condition that can be triggered by traumatic events or appear for seemingly no reason, often involving a combination of biological and socio-emotional factors. It can create feelings like loneliness, fear, guilt, and worthlessness. Sadly, many people struggle with the condition on their own, for months or even years, before getting professional help. If you suspect you may be experiencing depression do get in touch with myself or another healthcare professional. Depression can be effectively treated, but only you can take the first step.


Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a highly effective therapy for mood disorders as it brings awareness to negative thought patterns and behaviors that keep us stuck in anxiety or depression. It helps clients create healthier mindsets, and offers practical strategies to overcome day-to-day challenges.

Emotion Focused
Therapy (EFT)
This highly researched therapy can support profound change by helping clients develop better emotional regulation and self-care practices. EFT can bring to light suppressed emotions, and empower the client to accept and transform these negative emotions into positive insights and behaviors.
Radically Open
Dialectical Behavior
Therapy (RO DBT)
RO DBT is a new treatment model based on 20 years of research. It addresses emotional over-control, which leads to inhibited expression; hyper-detail focused and overly cautious behavior. This has been linked to anxiety, depression, OCD, etc. RO DBT helps clients relax their excessive need for control, and enjoy more openness, flexibility, and social connectedness.
Mindfulness is a great complementary practice when treating mood disorders. Those grappling with anxiety or depression are often overwhelmed with their own negative thoughts. Mindfulness can help us detach from these thoughts, feel calmer and clearer, and choose more positive responses and behaviors.


Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), also called clinical depression, may cause a person to experience persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, low-energy, and loss of joy or interest in activities they once enjoyed. Researchers are beginning to understand that sleep regulation and mood disorders are closely linked. A person with MDD may find themselves going through periods of excessive sleep followed by bouts of insomnia. You may also experience significant weight fluctuation and physical pain. While MDD is one of the more common psychiatric illnesses, it is can be debilitating and sometimes life-threatening and should be treated without exception.
Persistent Depressive Disorder or dysthymia is a long-term form of depression which can persist for years. Symptoms may lessen at times only to intensify later. For the most part, the feelings of sadness and hopelessness associated with dysthymia are ever-present. While dysthymia may present fewer or less severe symptoms than MDD, their persistence over time can result in poor overall health, breakdown of relationships, poor performance at work, and, being perceived by others as having a cranky gloomy personality. Psychotherapy can help you to identify and address negative beliefs and patterns that may be contributing to your disorder. I can teach you skills and techniques to better cope with symptoms and live the life you were born to live.
Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD, is a type of depression associated with a lack of sunlight and it generally sets in with the changing of the seasons. While studies estimate that about 10% of the population in the US suffer from SAD, the percentage may be as high as 20%-30% in Portland due to the city’s notoriously low annual number of sunny days. Hopelessness, sadness, fatigue, excessive sleep, food cravings – particularly for carbohydrates, weight fluctuations, and problems with relationships are common symptoms of SAD. While light therapy and supplementing with vitamin-D3 may provide some relief, I can help you to employ effective stress management techniques and methods that allow you to identify and change the negative thoughts which lead to negative emotions, and to notice unhelpful behaviors which can exacerbate symptoms. I can teach you the tools needed to ease symptoms so that you can have a lighter happier winter.

Postpartum Depression, affects some new mothers in the weeks or months following childbirth. This depressive disorder is different from “the baby blues” that many new mothers experience as a result of sleepless nights and changing hormones.

Since postpartum depression can make it difficult to bond with your baby which often leads to feelings of guilt or failure, it’s important to realize that this disorder should not be considered a weakness or flaw on the mother’s part. Rather, it is a common, although not often talked about, child-birth complication that affects as many as 1 in 7 new mothers. Symptoms are more intense than those associated with “the baby blues” and include mood swings, crying, irritability, strong feelings of overwhelm and inadequacy, difficulty bonding with and sometimes even a dislike of your new baby, loss of appetite, and trouble sleeping.

Try a free 15 minute session with Mary

Hi, I’m Mary DiOrio. I specialize in the treatment of depression and anxiety related issues as well as other related psychotherapy needs. I’m here to help you find the change, relief and lightness you’re looking for. I have helped countless people overcome serious challenges, sometimes even when they didn’t believe they could be helped at first. If you suffer from an ongoing struggle, why not try a free, confidential 15 minute consultation session with me? We will connect over phone or HIPAA compliant telehealth platform and discuss what is holding you back and what the path forward might look like. For many, this first step is often a glimpse that relief is possible.