Greg Bishop, Ph.D.
7505 SW Beveland Street, Suite 102
Tigard, OR 97223
For the last 20 years, I have had the privilege of working as a psychologist in the Lake Oswego/Tigard area to help improve the lives of others. I know that choosing a psychologist to work with can be a confusing task, and it is important that you find someone you feel is a good fit for you. With that in mind, I am providing some information about me and how I work. If you like what you see here, feel free to call or email me to set up an appointment.
Education / Work History
I received my bachelorís degree in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island in 1984. From there I attended Colorado State University, where I completed my Masterís in 1987 and my Ph.D. in 1989, both in Counseling Psychology. As part of the doctoral degree, I completed a 1 year clinical internship at the Worcester Youth Guidance Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. I moved here in 1989, and have been in private practice since 1991, where I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults.
Regardless of the age or issues of a client, there are several underlying perspectives that apply throughout the work I do. The most important is that I believe strongly in the inherent goodness of people. We all want the same thing in the end Ė to feel good about ourselves and our lives. In 20 years of work, I have yet to work with someone whom I thought was just a bad person. While I have worked with lots of people who engage in painful, destructive behaviors, my experience has taught me that everyone would prefer a positive, productive life if they thought they could get it.
Out of this comes a second belief that guides what I do. My experience is that all behavior is understandable once we have all the information. Anger outbursts, addictive behavior, social withdrawal, etc. all are understandable once we know the emotional context in which they occur. For me, ďproblemsĒ are our unhelpful attempts to meet our emotional needs. We engage in these problems because it is the only way we believe will help us feel better.
This leads to my third belief, that avoidance of emotional discomfort is often the reason that the problem isnít getting better. For example, you can become depressed when you believe your life is bad and you canít change it. If you accept that as truth, you then avoid trying to make it better because you believe it is less painful to just accept the bad life than to work at making it better and failing. In this case, avoiding the fear of potential failure maintains the depression.
Finally, I donít treat disorders, I help people make positive changes in their life. I donít think in a categorical way, as I donít find it helpful in working with the individual. I work with you to understand the nature of your difficulties, what is maintaining the difficulties, and how to change the patterns in your life so that you can have the life you want.
Over the past 20 years I have worked with a wide range of populations and difficulties. I now work with 3 groups: adolescent boys, men, and couples.
I have specialized in teenage boys the longest, having focused on that while in graduate school and continuing to the present day. My experience is that teens are amazingly like people! They want to be respected for the person they are, with their own perspectives and feelings. They are going through a period of uncertainty in their lives in which they are experiencing career planning, adult independence, and romantic relationships for the first time in their lives. I work with teens to help them develop better self-awareness regarding their emotions and how their feelings relate to the challenges they face. Utilizing this increased awareness of their emotions, I focus on the power they have in their own life to create a positive future.
In my work with men I have found that men often donít know how to properly care for, or even acknowledge, their emotional needs. As a result, men most often use protective strategies of anger, addictions, and isolation to cope with their unmet needs. Of course these strategies often result in problems in relationships and careers. Part of the problem is that it is often hard for men to seek help, as we have all been brought up to believe that asking for help is a sign of weakness. Therefore I have great respect for any man who is willing to come in and do something ďunmanlyĒ like admit they have a problem. I work with men to become more aware of what is going on for them emotionally, so that we can figure out how to get what they need in a healthy way.
In helping boys and men, I have recently been using concepts from the field of neurology that demonstrate that brains can, and do, change all the time, and that we can ďshapeĒ our brain, and therefore our experience. I have found incredible hope in this idea of neuroplasticity, and I use this and other concepts learned in the last 15 years of brain research to guide what I do therapeutically.
The third area I specialize in is working with couples. From my perspective the goal of any relationship is to make it feel good to both people. If it isnít working well for either person, then it isnít working well. Much of the time old feelings that were created long ago contribute to the painful dynamic within the couple. I work to bring old feelings that get triggered into the discussion, so that they can be dealt with in a healthy way in the relationship. I to focus on creating healthy boundaries in the relationship, so that both are able to own their own thoughts and feelings, and be curious and compassionate towards the otherís thoughts and feelings. In addition, I find that many conflicts are the result of miscommunication and misunderstanding of a personís true feelings, so part of having a good relationship is being able to repair the relationship effectively.
I charge $220 for the initial session, and $160 for all other sessions. I do not bill insurance, but I will give you an itemized statement that you can submit to your insurance for reimbursement if you have coverage for my services.
I am in the office 8am-6pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 8am-4:30pm on Tuesday and Thursday.