Beth VanBuecken

Beth VanBuecken (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist


I'm a creative arts and somatic trauma therapist. I use a holistic approach to healing that includes mind, body and imagination.

Client Status

accepting clients


2926 NE Flanders St.

Ste 2-A

Portland, 97232

At a Glance


Rate: $150-$195

Provides free initial consultation

Practicing Since: 2009

Languages: English


  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • PacificSource

My Ideal Client

I have extensive experience working with trauma survivors, especially survivors of childhood sexual abuse, queer and trans folks, people with neurodiversity, and people navigating pregnancy and parenting. My areas of focus include: Depression, anxiety, trauma, sexual abuse, relationship issues, life transitions, identity issues, pregnancy/postpartum, and parenting.

My Approach to Helping

As your therapist, my job is to work together with you to figure out struggles and patterns that are holding you back, and develop new skills towards living a more joyful, authentic, and fulfilling life. My style is warm, playful, and down-to-earth. I believe in the power of relationship and creativity to create positive change. I try to offer a space in therapy where you can explore new ways of being, and feel seen and supported for who you truly are. I think it is a sign of true bravery to seek support and I look forward to meeting you! In therapy, I use different tools to help you identify your strengths and build new skills. These include talk therapy as well as mindfulness, somatic (body-based) and creative/interactive methods (visual arts, writing, drama, movement). My approach is drawn from Narrative Therapy, Creative Arts Therapy, mindfulness practices, EMDR, Attachment Theory, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I do my best to practice from an anti-oppression and social justice foundation, and to provide therapy that is actively affirming of all identities. I regularly seek training and spaces of service and accountability both personally and professionally, to improve my awareness and skills. I have over 13 years of experience as a therapist working with children, teens, families, and adults in schools, community mental health, homeless shelters, and hospitals. I have lived all up and down the West Coast, but mainly grew up in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked in nonprofit arts outreach organizations teaching performing arts and life skills to youth. In my free time, I love exploring the outdoors with my family, making theater, reading, and gardening.

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