Justin Henderson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Professional Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Justin D. Henderson is program co-director, co-clinical coordinator, and assistant professor of Professional Mental Health Counseling with specialization in Addictions. He is also faculty in the Eating Disorders Certificate. He is a licensed psychologist and a National Certified Counselor.

Dr. Henderson’s scholarship focuses on improving individual and community wellbeing and advancing social justice. He is particularly interested in the application of compassion orientations and skills in counseling and systems change. His writing focuses on burnout, self-care, social justice, addiction, and mental health. Dr. Henderson values contributions both in traditional academic domains as well as produced works for general audiences. For example, he is a Medium Top Writer in the area of Leadership with his focus on systemic approaches to burnout.

Some of the courses Dr. Henderson teaches are: Drugs, Brain, and Human Behavior; Theories and Philosophy of Counseling; Counseling Interventions with Adults; Practicum and Internship Supervision; and Introduction to Counseling & Social Justice.

Dr. Henderson has clinical expertise in mindfulness, acceptance, and compassion-based therapeutic modalities (e.g., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Compassion Focused Therapy). Dr. Henderson is a Certified Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT)™ Teacher through the Compassion Institute and the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. He is a professional member of the Compassion Institute, Compassion Education Alliance, and Compassionate Mind Foundation.

Dr. Henderson has clinical experience in a wide array of contexts including university counseling centers, hospitals, inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities, high schools, and residential treatment programs. He has been a clinical supervisor for over twelve years. Additionally, Dr. Henderson has over a decade of experience as a clinical administrator in agency and training clinics.

Nationally, he is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Counselors for Social Justice, the Society of Addiction Psychology, the Society of Counseling Psychology, and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.

Regionally, he has been involved with the Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Oregon Counseling Association, and the Northwest Institute of Addictions Studies.

Locally, Dr. Henderson has served as a steering committee member of the Portland United Against Hate coalition and served as a consultant for Beaverton Sobriety Opportunity for Beginning Recovery (B-SOBR) program. He has been a mental health and organizational consultant to corporate, healthcare, and government agencies addressing a number of concerns including burnout, hate response, trauma-informed care, addiction, and mental health.