Create Change in Your Life

When you’re ready to create change in your life, we’re ready to help.

As busy, dynamic, and multifaceted beings, most of us will arrive at a place in our lives where we feel the need to create change—at home, at work, in our personal relationships, or within ourselves. But how? 

Create Change provides the professional support, expertise, tools, and guidance to help individuals and couples get to the root of the issue to create permanent healing that leads to a happier life.

We’re here to help you create the change you wish to see.

We’re here for you.

The Create Change team has helped countless individuals with life challenges and personal growth. From recovering from trauma to health and addiction issues, to experiencing more joy and peace, our caring staff is here to help you transition through change with clarity and strength.


Meet Our Providers

We are experts in our fields, having helped thousands of individuals and families connect, grow and heal through a wide array of proven healing modalities.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Clinical Social Worker
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Mary Cross

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Candice Armstrong

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Lucy Nichols

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Janet Leathem

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Our Clients Are Talking About Us

“I am very happy with the progress we made, not just working through the latest episode, but in helping me address issues I've struggled with through the years of prior psychotherapy.” —Beth F.

Create Change has helped me with EMDR  to recover from childhood trauma and abuse. I am feeling peace in my life now and a happiness l have never known before.” —Mark J., abuse survivor

Get started creating change in your own life. Call us at (503) 842-7855 today.

Changes We’re Creating 

Welcome Candice Armstrong, PMHNP

Nurse Practitioner adds Pregnancy Services and Dependency and Addiction Services for Adolescents and Adults to Create Change, LLC offerings. Beginning in August of 2018, Candice Armstrong, DPN-PMHNP,  will be providing medication management to adolescents and adults utilizing a holistic and integrative care approach.  We are excited to begin adding specialty services to women before, throughout, and…

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Create Change Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

Create Change began with Sheila Walty and her dream of developing a center for personal growth and professional development in 2007. Since then, the business has expanded from counseling and life coaching to a full-service agency with a staff of six mental health professionals. In addition to psychotherapy, Create Change now offers psychiatry, nursing, mediation, alcohol…

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create change CADC III counselor, Joan Ayala

Create Change adds Drug and Alcohol Specialist CADC III

We are excited to announce the addition of Joan Ayala, MSW, MAC, CADC III to our practice in Portland, Oregon. Joan adds dual diagnosis, drug and alcohol addiction services, and recovery options to our work with clients. We are excited to have one of the few level III drug and alcohol counselors in Oregon joining…

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New Location in the Pearl District!

Create Change will be moving to the Pearl West Building on September 1, 2017. We are excited to announce that we will have a ground floor entrance, an elevator to second floor and two private offices in addition to group meeting space.

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Create Change, LLC is Celebrating Its 10th Anniversary

Create Change, LLC is celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary this year. In thinking of Independence Day, I remember the beginning of my entry into the world of private practice in 2007 after 20 years in the medical field. It was difficult to put all my fears aside and move forward into a venture that called to my heart. I began providing counseling and business consulting/training services to individuals, couples and businesses. Since it’s inception I have relocated to Portland, Oregon and now am inspiring others to join in the joyful transition to independence.

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Mediation and Couples Counseling

Mediation allows two disputing parties to reach a mutual agreement by utilizing a neutral mediator who identifies the issues/desired outcome of each party and facilitates a dialogue with the goal of reaching an agreement between the parties. Essentially, it is a negotiation facilitated by a neutral third party. It is generally a short-term, structured, task-oriented, and…

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Create Change Welcomes Mary Cross, CSWA

Mary Cross is joining Create Change with 14 years of professional social work experience. She specializes in grief and loss and brings drug and alcohol counseling expertise as well. Mary enjoys working with adults, couples and families and is familiar with both multigenerational and multicultural issues. She embraces each person’s uniqueness bringing an openness to her style of therapy. Mary is a Certified Mediator and is looking forward to bringing this service to the Pearl District of Portland.

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Wound Healing

I recently had a deep infected cyst removed from my back. Flying to Mexico for some sun and relaxation with a large white patch on my back I was reminded of the wounds we all carry. Wounds infected by victimization, false teaching, and generational patterns. Wounds that festered in our parents and our parents’ parents…

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Reconnect with Yourself

The stresses of daily living can keep you from the peace and balance you desire in your life. Stresses like life events, relationship and intimacy issues, trauma, distorted or compulsive behaviors in yourself or those you love, depression, anxiety, codependency …these are just a few of the challenges we all face, and which begin to…

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create change, llc
Providing counseling, medication management, mediation, and coaching support in Portland, Oregon
Office (503) 842-7855
Fax (971) 339-0401