get to know me

who I am

Hi there.​ 

 

Conventional therapy as it was developed decades ago by old white men asserts that client’s aren’t supposed to know much about their therapist as a person, and therapists should avoid sharing about themselves. I really disagree with this and question many of the established norms of traditional psychotherapy. While there is a lot to learn from those original modalities, I will not assume they work for everyone - they were not created with sensitivity or care for those who fall outside of white hetero-patriarchal society in any way. I have found over the years that trust is built and healing is more accessible when the therapy process is holistic and flexible, and the relationship feels genuine. I really appreciate knowing my therapist is human, and my clients appreciate knowing that I’m human. Also, it really helps to know if your therapist shares some of the same values or life experiences as you. Feeling safe in therapy is really important. ​

Here are some things you may want to know about me.

  • I’m in my mid-30’s. I promise I’ll update my website when this changes.

  • I’m queer. I came out when I was 18 and it was scary, painful, lonely, and liberating. The LGBTQ community is my home.

  • My pronouns are she or they. I consider myself gender non-conforming and nonbinary.

  • I’m married, and we have two cats that, naturally, we are obsessed with. We don’t plan to have children. We are both helpless animal lovers.

  • I am fiercely progressive - socially and politically. I have always believed deeply in the dignity of all living beings and I feel this on a profound existential level. I know that this is part of what makes me a good therapist.

  • I’m committed to anti-racism and anti-oppression of all kinds and I work hard to stay educated. And, as a white, able-bodied person, I know I will always have more to learn and more work to do. I am comfortable being in a position of not knowing, hearing feedback, and examining myself. And I really value learning from the wisdom of my clients. 

  • I regularly donate to organizations that I believe in, like the ACLU, SPLC, Planned Parenthood, Emily's List, Earth Justice, OPB, American Refugee Committee, National Immigration Law Center, National Bailout, RAICES, Sea Legacy, and Bitch Media. Got other suggestions? I'm open! 

  • I’m a vegetarian and I do my best to be thoughtful about where my food comes from.

  • I go to therapy too. It has really helped me. 

  • I love: the ocean, karaoke, backpacking, good craft beer, animal videos, collecting house plants, and brunch. I make pottery in my free time.
     

how I got here

     I grew up in Washington, D.C. - a diverse city with political and social engagement at the forefront of its culture. I went to a Quaker school, which instilled strong progressive values and a commitment to serving the community from the get go - something I will always appreciate about my upbringing. As a young person, I had my own mental health struggles, and the support I received from my school counselor and my personal therapist was life-changing. I was so inspired by the adults in my life who had helped me that I decided to pursue psychology when I went to college and entered the mental health field right after I graduated in 2007. During my younger years, I became fascinated with the human condition and discovered a longing to understand what humans need in order to live healthy, meaningful lives. I was often told I was "too sensitive," and while a part of me worried that that was true, in my gut I knew it wasn't a problem. It was a gift. I wanted to be a part of shifting our society’s narratives about mental health and emotional wellbeing by being someone who welcomes and connects with the humanity and vulnerability of others. Being a therapist is not just a job for me - this work is in my bones. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing some really inspiring healing in people with so many different stories and life experiences. Nothing is more meaningful to me than helping others discover the strength and wisdom within themselves to live their most authentic, invigorated life - a journey I have been on myself as well. I’m so grateful to be doing what I love in this amazing city. 

professional and educational background

current credentials:

     I am currently licensed in the State of Oregon (#C4682). If you have questions or concerns regarding any ethical or professional considerations, feel free to contact me or the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists at any time.

educational background:


     I graduated from the University of Vermont in 2007 with a BA in Psychology. After several years as a social worker in Vermont, I ventured to Portland in 2010 where I received my MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Portland State University and my license in the State of Oregon. Additionally, I am a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and a current member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Oregon Counseling Association (ORCA).

 


professional experience:

    Since 2007, I have worked closely with teens, families, and adults in a variety of community-based mental health settings and counseling centers, including a college counseling clinic, adult and youth residential treatment facilities, a psychiatric hospital unit, drug and alcohol treatment, an emergency shelter for commercially sexually exploited teens, a mental health urgent walk-in clinic, and my private practice. I have been in private practice since 2014.

advanced training:

 **have specific questions about any of these trainings/approaches?

         ask me about it when we meet!**

Contact Me

2325 E. Burnside, Suite 204

Portland, Oregon 97214

971.266.3731

© 2016 by Emily Berry