Andrea Mize

Andrea Mize (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Individual identity affirming therapy and counseling for adults - queer, kinky, non-monogamous, and intimate industry professionals welcome

Client Status

waitlist

Contact

5039575947

10175 SW Barbur Blvd

Ste 300BG

Portland, 97219

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $120-$160

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2013

Languages: English

Faith: Multifaith

Services

  • Individual
  • Relationship

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • PacificSource

My Ideal Client

I believe you're here because something in your life isn't work as you would like it to. I would like to help you tap into your internal, intrinsic ability to identify where the problem is, make changes where you can, develop self-compassion if that is lacking in your life, and heal what hurts. Whether you are just figuring out who you are and have known for some time, I provide an affirming and knowledgeable collaborative environment for you to make the change you need to.

My Approach to Helping

I offer both brief problem-oriented, solution-focused therapy (6-20 sessions) and longer-term, open-ended psychotherapy depending upon your needs. I offer support and compassion while challenging you to move towards your stated goals. Our sessions will be more of a conversation and collaboration with feedback flowing both directions to help you make the movement you seek. Productive therapy and life change happens when a solid, trusting relationship forms between client and therapist. One of my strengths as a therapist is forming that bond quickly with my clients so that we can identify and address problems together. While therapy takes time, I endeavor to help the change process along, providing encouragement and insight to aid carefully yet efficient growth.

My Values as a Therapist

I share many identities with the people I serve and have a long personal history with invisibility. I bring a personal and professional understanding of the toll invisibility takes. While many people have identities reflected in community membership, we can often feel separated from these spaces and people. I believe most of us don't fit neatly into boxes, including ones designed for those of us left out of traditional spaces. A sense of belonging and inclusion are some of the key factors in mental wellness. I strive to help my clients find safety, security and belonging in themselves to carry with them when encountering places and spaces that do not foster inclusion and support they attempt to offer.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Psychodynamic  External link

    My graduate training program was based in psychodynamic teachings. I continue to seek out continuing educational opportunities to support this foundational understanding of human behavior.

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) External link

    I have received training in the specific skills of DBT and incorporate these skills into my work where appropriate.

  • EMDR External link

    I have complete the foundational EMDR training. While this is an area of practice I am not certified and do not focus on this aspect of my training in treatment.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Sexual Problems External link

    I am currently receiving additional training in sex therapy with a focus on holistic and integrative approaches. I am a proponent of, and have have received prior training in, the benefits of kink-oriented practices in personal growth and healing. A particular area of specialty is in transitions from type of sexual identity and/or practice to another. Personal identity vs. personal practice is an area of interest.

  • Polyamorous and Open Relationships External link

    I have a 20 year personal history with this identity. In addition I have attended numerous trainings over the last decade and continue to immerse myself in new developments taking place in the various communities attached to non-monogamy in it's many forms and manifestations.

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