Feminist

Feminist therapy is, as the name implies, a therapeutic practice that incorporates feminist theories and philosophies into treatment. Feminist therapy is based on the belief that societal gender-roles strongly influence how people think, feel and behave. Feminist therapists seek to give their clients an increased consciousness on the presence of sexism and stereotyping in society, which they believe can be the cause of many issues. Clients are empowered and encouraged to self-nurture and seek balance and equality in life.

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La Saechao (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, LICSW

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Christa Cummins (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC

Empowering women--and men--to understand their experiences to the extent that cultural influences have played a role is an element of my practice. We'll explore the ways in which your life might be changed by living in a way that is true to yourself by tapping your strengths.

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Gary Conachan III (he/him)

Professional Counselor Associate

MS, NCC

For me, my orientation as a feminist therapist looks like naming my identities and biases, the reasons behind treatment approaches, and always asking for consent in treatment. In other words, I work to equalize the power imbalance as much as possible, always working collaboratively with my clients.

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Portland Therapy Project

Licensed Professional Counselor

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Alana Ogilvie (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT, CST

In my work I focus on reworking gendered power dynamics with individuals and couples and addressing social inequities that keep partners form being collaborative with one another.

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Melissa Hartley (she/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor

NCC, LPC

I focus on the importance of empowerment and awareness of systems of oppression which impact people of all genders. What you can expect here is to be treated with respect, to have the whole person you are, your identities and lived experience, validated and welcomed.

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Sam Skye (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

ATR, LPC

My work as a feminist therapist focuses on how intersectional oppressions can impact mental health. Within families/relationships, I am focused on support equal division of labor (including emotional labor). Feminism is just as relevant to men's issues as well work to break down gender stereotypes that often prevent men/masculine people from living fully and with joy.

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Gabriella Losada (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

The word feminist can be loaded depending on your identities. To me, feminist therapy is intersectional and includes looking at layers of privilege and oppression. Feminist theory as a therapeutic lens involves collaboration, balancing power dynamics in the traditional client/therapist relationship, and talking about identities and systems and how they impact your well-being.

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Carrie Ivy (she/her)

Professional Counselor

My person-centered approach prioritizes equality within a cultural context, examining how the personal and societal are intertwined. This strengths-based approach hones personal power, authenticity, and inclusion in a collaborative way.

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Caitlin Keitel (she/her)

Professional Counselor

M.A. Process Oriented Facilitation

I work primarily with women, non-binary, and queer people to rewrite the stories we have been told, and tell ourselves, about our self-power, lovability, competence, beauty, bodies, and societal worth.

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Jeri Finn

Qualified Mental Health Professional

QMHP

I have also engaged in continuing education specific to women's health issues in my role as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

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Lauren Saville (She/They)

Licensed Professional Counselor

C5949

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Renee Fitzpatrick (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LMHC, LPC, CST

My feminist approach to therapy is grounded in Critical Race theory and Queer theory. Critical Race theory refers to collective critical views of how US macrosystems are inherently racist; Critical Race theory rejects colorblindness and political neutrality and prioritizes dismantling white supremacy. Queer theory focuses on unlearning conditioned beliefs and reimagining identity, wellness versus sickness, psychopathology, gender and sexuality.

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Chantal miniet (She/Her)

Professional Counselor Associate

I strive to challenge oppressive systems and promote social justice while honoring clients' unique strengths, resilience, and agency. By acknowledging power dynamics, exploring intersectionality, challenging gender norms and stereotypes, promoting empowerment and agency, and addressing trauma and oppression, I aim to create a space where clients feel validated, empowered, and supported in their healing journey.

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Colette Gordon (they/them)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

Feminist in a way that's all about looking at power dynamics and talking about them. Feminist in a way that is against building power on the backs of others. Feminist in a way that seeks to support individual and collective empowerment. Feminist in a way that is pro-sex workers. Feminist in a way that is weight neutral, pro-fat liberation and gets feeling bad about your body. Feminist in a way that seeks to resist racism, capitalism, police/government violence, and other oppressive systems.

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Jessica Besner (she/they)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, M.S.

specifically Relational-Cultural framework. This became a foundation for my work after moving to Portland and working with more diverse folx. It is also trauma-informed which laid the groundwork for my specialization in trauma work . Takes cultural trauma and social context into consideration and normalizes traumatic responses. Collaborative approach which reduces power differential in therapy and allows for attention to the ways that privilege and power shows up in relationship.

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Amanda Ball (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, LPC

I hold an intersectional feminist worldview, which means that I look not just at individual circumstances that impede personal growth, but also effects of systemic oppression fostered by a culture of white supremacy, patriarchy, homophobia and ableism. I hold all worldviews with gentleness and respect, but this perspective is foundational in my own understanding of the larger context of our work.

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Jennie Hagen (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LMHC, LPC

Identifying as female in our culture comes with so many landmines. Navigating relationships, work/life balance, parenting, misogyny, and so on. If you've clicked on this specialty, you know. I like to work from an feminist perspective to see how gender underlies other stressors. Feminism is intersectional, and if you identify as female (or on the feminine side of the spectrum) this space is for you.

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Emma Stern (she/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor

C7542

Feminist therapy takes into account dynamics of marginalization and systematic oppression. In therapy, I ask clients to consider ways in which race, gender, sexual orientation, culture, age, socioeconomic status, and ability status impact their lived experience. As a therapist, I am committed to questioning power, privilege, and positionality. I encourage clients to look at how white supremacy, toxic masculinity, and late-stage capitalism can severely challenge mental health.

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Tessa Rose (she/her/hers)

Professional Counselor

M.A. Process Oriented Facilitation

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Alexandra Winteraven (She/They)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC

Intersectional feminism in therapy recognizes the interconnected nature of social identities, such as race, gender, class, sexuality, and ability, and their impact on individuals' experiences of oppression and privilege. This approach acknowledges that individuals occupy multiple social positions simultaneously, resulting in unique and complex intersections of privilege and marginalization.

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Emily Berry (she/they)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

When we reflect on our feelings and experiences, it is important to acknowledge the various systemic and societal influences at play. Over our lifetime, we naturally internalize messages from our culture that ultimately inform our beliefs about ourselves in the world. Feminist therapy focuses on understanding this in order to help us move beyond limiting beliefs and live a truly authentic life.

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Grace Silvia, LCSW (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

As a radical feminist, I believe my work must: > deeply honor each person's inner wisdom instead of pathologizing doctrine; > recognize the deep soul wounding that chronic and acute oppression, systems of injustice, and planetary pain cause; and > orient deep personal healing in service to becoming an empowered agent of change, rather than adjusting to being a cog in the machine.

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Kristen Genzano (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC, NCC

I specialize in working with women. In my practice, I am consistently looking at my client’s experience through the feminist lens. From this perspective I work collaboratively with my clients to allow for a more balanced, accepting, and self-compassionate experience of themselves.

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Mariah Beltran (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist Resident

Resident213

Feminist therapy for me functions as the lens in which I understand client's presenting concerns and then use various interventions from other orientations for treatment. Basically this means that one of the goals in every session with me is to empower the client in front of me and help them find their internal power.

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