If you are struggling, you don't have to go it alone.


I am both a clinical psychologist and a professor of psychology. When I teach about psychotherapy in my undergraduate classes, I often joke that people choose to see a psychologist only when the pain of not doing so exceeds the pain of revealing themselves to a perfect stranger. As with many jokes, this one holds a deep truth. It is daunting to think about sharing personal details of life with someone you don’t know.  It is my experience, however, that when treatment is approached as a warm and collaborative undertaking, the discomfort eases quickly.

There are the obvious reasons for seeking treatment—depression, anxiety, a personal crisis, work burnout, the loss of a loved one, to name a few. Sometimes people come to treatment to sort out a very specific problem, such as procrastination, or to get unstuck in a particular area of their lives. There are also less clear-cut reasons for psychotherapy—for example, the desire to stop repeating self-defeating patterns of behavior, or to get beyond life expectations that are just not serving needs.

The purpose of psychotherapy is unique to the individual. A successful treatment depends a great deal on sorting out a client’s goals and working together with that client to help them tailor a specific plan to address their needs. The overarching goals of that plan are to develop new tools and strengths to meet life’s challenges, and for many, to forge new insights into emotions and motives and new curiosity about personal narrative. 


Through compassion and strength-based solutions, I help adults, teens, and young adults find growth in their lives.


You will find our work together to be a joint venture in sorting out the challenges in your life. I am engaged, interactive and give specific feedback. I see psychotherapy as a collaborative, active process between two people. I focus intentionally on developing a warm and respectful working relationship with my clients. Because psychotherapy outcome research consistently points to the quality of the relationship between a psychotherapist and client as the most important factor facilitating change, that is the first order of business. 

I believe that people are motivated toward growth. I am confident that everyone has strengths to draw from, even when they find themselves in the midst of crisis. My work is compassionate, strength-based and focused on finding solutions to the unique circumstances that bring people to see me. 


Start growing in the right direction.

My office is conveniently located in SW Portland, minutes from both downtown and Lake Oswego,
and blocks from both the Ross Island Bridge and Barbur Boulevard.

Amelia J. Wilcox, Ph.D.
Adolescent and Adult Psychotherapy
Licensed Psychologist
OR2636  CA14210


Milton W. Smith House
3434 Southwest Kelly Avenue
Portland, OR 97239


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