Albany Therapists

Cale Cloutier, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I am most alive, most myself, when I am dancing, laughing, singing, and playing. The same is true for deep and vulnerable conversation. I’m endlessly fascinated by other people, and it rarely feels like work to be engaged and connected to others. I’m a playful, curious soul. It’s also useful to note that I have changed a great deal since I was a teen, and have drunk deeply from my own cup of sorrow and ambiguous trauma. So in describing myself, I’d say that I am committed to connection and joy while having been tempered by my own pain and loss. In my personal time, I’m often walking, listening to music or podcasts, and eating hummus avocado toast.

Cale's Approach

I highly value radical genuineness in my practice of therapy. I am very much a personality in the therapy room, and this is an intentional choice, developed from my work with at-risk teens while practicing Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which is a therapy model designed to help people who are experiencing really powerful mental health symptoms. The belief guiding radical genuineness is that it’s the highest form of validation I can give as a therapist, involving myself as a human and an equal – engaging in an authentic manner and not taking myself too seriously or ignoring the obvious.

I also believe in humility and warm openness toward feedback – I am your witness and consultant, but you are the expert on your own life, and there will be times that you need to correct my understanding or help me change my pace or focus in therapy. Never worry about protecting my feelings – I’m at your service and I look forward to being corrected or having the chance to repair a mistake with you, because these are often the most powerful and useful moments in talk therapy.

I originally went to graduate school with the desire to practice therapy for couples in distress, and I believe that couples therapy can be one of the most efficient and effective mental health services on the market. Family therapy and couples therapy can help people change together, and to recognize when they are bound together in a mad, frantic dance of escalating conflict and turbulent attachment. This work can help people drop blame, exit painful feedback loops, and strengthen the things that are already beautiful in their relationship. I don’t believe that it’s always my job to help people stay together – there is dignity in using therapy to recognize that the relationship should end in an amicable, orderly fashion. I would like to think of myself as a talented and passionate therapist for couples and family systems, and I often find that this work is the most rewarding work.
In my practice of outpatient therapy, I mostly rely on Solution Focused Therapy as a primary model of change. I also use Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

More About Cale Cloutier

I have 11 years of professional work experience as a therapist. I served for 5 years at Children’s Farm Home, working at every level of care: outpatient, day treatment, residential, sub-acute, and secure inpatient (the highest level of mental health care available for the most acute symptoms). I worked with teens and families who were experiencing extraordinary suffering and crisis. After my time at Children’s Farm Home, I transitioned to doing outpatient private practice work with Oregon Counseling, where I have seen only adult clients in individual and couples therapy for the past 6 years. As I transition to Arise Counseling Services, I look forward to continuing my work with highly motivated individuals and couples, and I’m interested in working with larger family systems once again.

MS, Couples & Family Therapy, University of Oregon
BS, Human Development and Family Sciences, Oregon State University

Can I Help You?

I treat patients for:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety, Worry, Stress, Panic
  • OCD: Obsessive-compulsive thoughts or actions
  • Traumatic events/ Trauma/ PTSD
  • Relationship struggles (couple, family, or parenting)