Caitlin Lynch

Caitlin Lynch (They/them)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

MS, NCC

Supervisor: Kerri Anderson-Linde, LPC

I'm a queer/genderqueer therapist who uses a playful/direct style to support your family, relationship, or your own healing and discovery.

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

503-383-1760

1219 SE Lafayette St

Suite 100

Portland, 97202

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $100-$120

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2018

Languages: English

Faith: Agnosticism, Atheism, Christianity

Services

  • Individual
  • Family
  • Group
  • Child
  • Relationship
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Health Share

My Ideal Client

People who find me are typically outside the margins of "the norm." I enthusiastically affirm fat, disabled, gender and sexual minority (LGBTQ2SIA+), and Black, Indigneous, other People of Color folks in our therapy sessions. I work to create a space to explore trauma healing, understand the relational and emotional patterns in your family and romantic relationships, explore your sexual and gender identity, and support you with ADHD, anxiety, or depression.

My Approach to Helping

My therapy style is collaborative, integrating wisdom from my client’s experiences and from counseling theories rooted in empowerment and equity, considering family influences and political and social impacts on you, your relationship, and your family. I am a sex-positive therapist and welcome all relationships, including those seeking pre-marital (pre-commitment) therapy, polyamorous, and kink, and LGBTQIA+ relationships. I utilize somatic (body-based) and mindfulness interventions to help clients maintain a present moment focus in session. I find Narrative Therapy helps clients consider the way they think about their lives within a larger story, what characters they play, and to create a brighter past and present by considering their strengths and creativity here, now, in the past, and for their future as an individual, a relationship/couple, and as a family. I also use Internal Family Systems to help clients reconnect to their core, authentic selves.

Why I Became a Therapist

Therapy has been an important part of my healing work in relationships and self-discovery. I've also encountered therapists who were unhelpful or even harmful. I want to be a supportive, healing, decolonized space for individuals, families, and couples/relationships to explore uncomfortable, interesting, difficult, freeing, healing patterns and ideas. My healing journey includes formal therapy, body movement practices, meditation, spiritual exploration, relational boundary setting, self-education, and lots of trial and error. I expect many of my clients will come to therapy with a similarly rich, complex, and varied healing path. I welcome you to bring your whole selves to therapy sessions. I became a therapist so I could meet you where you are, bring your strengths to light, and send you on your way into this brave, beautiful, scary, strange, and transformative world.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Couples Counseling External link

    I use Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT) based on the work on Susan Johnson and Les Greenberg. We'll work collaboratively to decide on common goals for your relationship, discern unhelpful relationship patterns, work to understand why those made sense and helped you previously, and how to move forward with empathy for each other, meeting individual needs, and healthier relational habits.

  • Narrative  External link

    All of our lives are full of stories we live, stories we tell ourselves, and stories we take in from the families, cultures, and larger political and social systems we inhabit. A narrative approach helps you to make seen the unseen, to examine power dynamics in relationships, to honor historical experiences and bring a new lens to heal, bring hope, and create a new story for your future.

  • Family Therapy External link

    Sometimes families fall into unhelpful habits that keep them from creating the culture and relationships they wish to have. I'll approach our work from a place of respect, collaborating to find shared family goals and strengths, noting unhelpful patterns of interaction, and helping you find a new normal that best fits your family.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Child or Adolescent Issues External link

    I enjoy working with children and adolescents using primarily creative and expressive therapy interventions. Using art, play, and sometimes talk therapy meets children in their world to process, heal, and empower children to meet life's challenges with hope and courage.

  • LGBTQ Issues External link

    Portland Therapy Center Profile Writing Guide Portland Therapy Center Profile Writing Guide 100% 10 As a queer clinician, I bring personal and professional experience into my therapy work with the LGBTQ2SIA+ community. I am transgender/GNC/enby-competent and BIPOC-competent, including how to support access to gender-affirming healthcare for gender-diverse individuals (including kids and teens) a

  • Relationship / Marriage Issues External link

    I use Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT) based on the work on Susan Johnson and Les Greenberg. We'll work collaboratively to decide on common goals for your relationship, discern unhelpful relationship patterns, work to understand why those made sense and helped you previously, and how to move forward with empathy for each other, meeting individual needs, and healthier relational habits.

  • Codependency External link

    Many people grow up in situations where having needs and expressing them in a healthy way is a challenge. Sometimes families and romantic partners fall into unhealthy habits that they swore they would not repeat. I'll approach your healing from codependency with compassion for how it served you previously, and a hopeful lens for practical steps you can take to regain healthy relational boundaries.

  • Anxiety External link

    Anxiety can feel overwhelming, frustrating, and scary. I use somatic (body-based) and mindfulness exercises to help you maintain a present moment focus and learn how to navigate the world from a place of your existing strengths and new coping skills we can practice in session together.

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