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Bohrer not afraid of counseling challenges

Lakeridge grad ready to open practice in Lake Oswego


by: REVIEW, TIDINGS PHOTO: CLIFF NEWELL - Lakeridge High School graduate Teal Bohrer has worked as a forensic psychologist in prisons; now, she is opening up a private practice for everyday local residents on Boones Ferry Road.If you were to pick a forensic psychologist out of a crowd, Teal Bohrer would probably be your last choice. Maybe as a fashion model but not as a counselor for prisoners and gang members.

Considering this, Bohrer laughs and agrees.

“When I go into a jail, sometimes people will say, ‘Who’s that blonde little thing?’” she said.

But slim, blonde and young as she is, the 2003 Lakeridge High School graduate already has plenty of experience facing the toughest of the tough, whether it is female prisoners at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility or gang members in California.

“For some reason I can do it,” Bohrer said. “There are few issues I haven’t been faced with. Nothing shocks me. I don’t get intimidated easily or scare easily, although I’ve had some intense experiences. I can keep a straight face.

“When you come from Lake Oswego the last thing people expect from you is to work with people in prisons and jails. My parents are shocked that I’m doing this kind of work.”

Now she wants to counsel everyday people, too, right in her hometown of Lake Oswego, and she has just set up an office at 15100 SW Boones Ferry Road.

“I’m lucky I found the career path I wanted to follow early in my life,” Bohrer said. “I’m very blessed.”

Before her career path opened before her, Bohrer was a very Oregon-like girl. She loved berry picking, hiking, going to her grandma’s house on weekends and acquiring a nice tan from spending all of her time outdoors.

Then she discovered a serious purpose for her life.

“I took my first class on psychology in my senior year at Lakeridge,” Bohrer said. “Something clicked. I thought, ‘This is really interesting stuff!’”

After graduating from high school, Bohrer went on to earn a degree in psychology at the University of Portland, then a master’s degree in counseling and psychology at Lewis & Clark College. She is now pursuing her doctorate in psychology at Lewis & Clark, plus teaching at its graduate school.

She has also encountered the real world in its most stark form. She wanted to help the people who needed help the most.

“These people don’t have much of a voice,” Bohrer said. They’re mentally ill, they have severe addictions. It is very hard for them to get the help they need to get their lives back on track. They are tough! They’re tough to work with. They have a huge need and they have a huge impact on society.”

Bohrer says she will continue to work in the forensic field, but she also wants to branch out and help people in Lake Oswego.

“People suffer from depression, anxiety, and there are so many eating disorder issues in Lake Oswego high schools,” Bohrer said. “There’s always substance abuse, and there’s a rise in the use of opiates and pain killers. People simply go through tough patches in life and they just need someone to talk to.”

Those people in need include veterans returning from wars in the Middle East. Bohrer is counseling them on a pro bono basis.

For more about Bohrer’s work in counseling, call her at 503-750-8325 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



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