Camillia de la Garza

Camillia de la Garza (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC, CMA

You were made for times like these. Now is the time to face the beliefs that hold you back, and step into the person you are meant to be.

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

9712660590

MLK & Alberta

Portland, 97211

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $120-$180

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2013

Languages: English

Faith: Agnosticism, Atheism, Bahaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Mormonism, Sikhism, Taoism, Wicca/Paganism, Interfaith, Multifaith

Services

  • Individual
  • Family
  • Group
  • Relationship

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Approach to Helping

I know that it is through relationship that we achieve deep and lasting change. The therapeutic relationship is unique in the way it supports personal growth; we can set social constraints aside in order to explore how we truly feel. Therapy is serious business, but it can also be enjoyable. I bring joyful humor as well as compassion to the work. With a background in religious, spiritual, and cultural studies I go where you need to go, holding space for your truth to emerge. I believe our problems are sacred answers in disguise, which supports a nonpathologizing and collaborative approach to treatment. We are already whole, no matter what circumstances have led us to seek counseling, and the work of psychotherapy is a process of remembering this wholeness. Please note, at times the PTC messaging system does not deliver messages. If this happens, please reach me at camillia.thompson.therapy@gmail.com

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I received my Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. I am a Certified Movement Analyst through the Laban Institute of Movement Studies in New York City and have studied Attachment & Hakomi with M.E.T.A. I bring a rich life history and a background of cultural psychology into my clinical work. My approach is rooted in extensive time abroad studying, living, and traveling through diverse regions of the globe. From these experiences I have come to know that we are cultural, spiritual and biological beings and bring this sensitivity and awareness to my approach. This allows me to appreciate and support the unique orientations my clients bring. Please note I do NOT bill insurance directly but can provide documents for out of network coverage.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Attachment Theory External link

    We all want to feel connected, we just don't always know how. I draw heavily from attachment theory as well as training with the M.E.T.A. Institute in attachment focused techniques to bring this knowledge into our work. Profound life changes can take place when we face our fears of vulnerability and connection in a safe and supportive relationship.

  • Somatic Therapy (Body Centered) External link

    My ability to explore the body-mind interface is supported by years studying dance movement therapies, a degree in movement analysis from the Laban Institute of Movement Studies in New York City, training in Hakomi and supervision with Donna Roy. I am also a self-proclaimed interpersonal neurobiology geek and love bringing this psychoeducation into my work.

  • Mindfulness-based External link

    I have studied mindfulness-based meditative traditions of various cultures experientially all over the world. I draw from these experiences, as well as three years training with the M.E.T.A. Institute here in Portland, to create a state of mind that allows us to explore your selfhood without judgment and with greater curiosity.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Cultural and Systemic Oppression External link

    Psychological theories and practices have historically perpetuated the cultural and systemic oppression of marginalized identities. Using the best of psychoanalytic and somatic modalities, I offer a safe space to challenge these inherited stories to support your growing into an identity that is truly authentic to who you are.

  • Women's Issues External link

    In alignment with my cultural studies, I see gender issues as an intimate piece of our identity, often without conscious choice or recognition. Often, therapists spend your time trying to solve society's problems by making them your problems. There is a difference. I want to facilitate your empowerment, however that looks to you.

  • Relationship / Marriage Issues External link

    Relationships are the foundation of life. They are also where our greatest struggles arise. It is this complexity that can overwhelm and confuse us and entice us to lean on dysfunctional patterns. Through an exploration of present and past experiences, I make use of experiential modalities to create new experiences that allow for an expanded sense of what is possible in relationship.

  • Anxiety External link

    I have experience diagnosing and treating an array of anxiety issues from social anxiety to bipolar induced agoraphobia and panic disorder. I treat these issues through the therapeutic relationship, coaching, mindfulness based exploration, community resources & collaboration with other practitioners. These issues are surprisingly common and I work to provide safe, non-pathologizing support.

  • Depression External link

    Depression is the most common mental illness worldwide. It appears across a spectrum of symptoms and can often go undetected among those suffering from 'high functioning' depression. Yet there is hope. It is possible to live the life you want. I combine my professional support with lifestyle changes to help you break through the limitations that keep you stuck.

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