Relationship Gardening, MS, LMFT, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland
Love blooms with the best care. Couples (any age, race, gender identity) find relief from gridlock arguments, lost connection, or painful broken trust. Come see me, Shannon Batts, advanced trained marriage specialist, for tools for deeper understanding and validation from your mate, keeping disagreements from getting all wonky, and finding your way through coming out trans. Couples sesions are 90 minute or more, and video chat. Visit Relationship Gardening website for marriage help gift, read kick ass testimonials. Many clients also are health professionals. Ask how to get fees reduced, call or email today! NAACP member, Race Talks participant. Indivisible.
The Gottman Institute set a new higher quality in couples' help based on actual couples, gay or straight, studied for decades! The input you get from me (Shannon Batts) is gleaned from what successful couples do, giving you real tools based on real successes to weed out divorcing habits.
Over 25 years with addictions, psychiatric settings, LGBTQi affirming, and couples' emphasis. Member of National Registry of Marriage Friendly Therapists, Recommended by, Daystar Education, participant in the Rethinking Psychiatry thinktank for non-pathologizing and non-medication alternatives for mental health, and Race Talks waking up Portland, Oregon.
Take the first step to help. Call or Email Relationship Gardening now - (503) 822-6665


  • Years in Practice: 20+ Years
  • School: California State University, Fullerton
  • Year Graduated: 1992
  • License No. and State: C2379 Oregon


  • Avg Cost (per session): $160 - $240
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check, Mastercard, Paypal, Visa

Accepted Insurance Plans

  • Patient/Physician Cooperatives
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

Additional Credentials

  • License No. and State: MFC34477 California

Relationship Gardening's Groups

Tools for Growing Love (women)

Using the world's best research on how to make loving marriages that last, we review each of the levels of the Sound Relationship House and apply the tools of the Gottman Institute. Everyday communication habits, and savvy conflict skills will be rehearsed in the group and ready for the real world right away. Not currently meeting but available for hire. This group has 4 week condensed version for Women Grad Students, an 8 week version and shorter versions tailor made to your church, workplace, or club.

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Conflict Tools Demo Night (couples)

Bring a date to this demo night for a step by step coaching of how to talk through what happened in a conflict with Gottman research backed process. We use the Aftermath tool, with my annotations, and send it home with you to use right away! Coaching done with gentle redirection as needed, and a sense of humor. Any profession invited, however especially looking for engineers, techies, and others who find tangible steps helpful. GF & vegan cake shared to celebrate your tool upgrade. Also available for hire at your location for party, work or church group.

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Spouses' of Transgender Mates

While your mate is going through all the thousands of things involved in transitioning, or having transitioned, you also have your own transition and myriad of things to figure out. A client with a coming out as trans mate requested this gathering of other spouses in Portland, Oregon. I am not trans or a spouse of trans, but am a well trained relationship specialist and seek to be a catalyst for good in the LGBTQi? community. Please contact for prescreening to learn more about Spouses' Group. This is not a couples' group. By donation. Great camaraderie for Spouses!

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  • Relationship Issues
  • Transgender
  • Infidelity


  • Cisgender Partners of Transgender Mates
  • Family of LGBTQi, Spouse Coming Out
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Peer Relationships
  • Racial Identity
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Substance Abuse


  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • Lesbian

Client Focus

Ethnicity: African-American and Asian


  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)


  • Bisexual Clients
  • Gay Clients
  • HIV / AIDS Clients
  • Heterosexual Clients
  • Lesbian Clients
  • Transgender Clients
  • Veterans

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Family / Marital
  • Gestalt
  • Gottman Method
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy
  • Positive Psychology


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Group


  • Video Counseling
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2017
Relationship Gardening, MS, LMFT, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland

Relationship Gardening

Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LMFT, LPC