Christa Brennan

Christa Brennan (she/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor


I use humor, creativity and compassion to help you reach your goals, make meaning of suffering and rekindle inner joy.

Client Status

accepting clients



819 SE Taylor St

Portland, OR 97214

At a Glance


Rate: $130-$150

Provides free initial consultation

Practicing Since: 2012


  • Individual
  • Family
  • Relationship

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket

My Ideal Client

Trying to find the right therapist can be a daunting task, so I’m really happy you are here. Whether you are looking to unpack past trauma, are dealing with a current situation or need a new perspective for your future, I can help. Clients I see are typically going through a transition, grieving a loss, or looking for meaning. We all have negative core beliefs about ourselves that hinder our ability to break self-destructive patterns of behavior.

My Approach to Helping

Using elements of art therapy, drama therapy, EMDR, and the latest research on how to regulate the nervous system I approach your situation with compassion to help you confront unhelpful patterns of thoughts and behaviors, break free from guilt/shame, rekindle inner-joy and cultivate resiliency for an integrated sense of self.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe in your innate ability to heal, to make meaning from suffering and bounce back from adversity. I am an LGBTQ+ ally, cisgender woman with over a decade of experience working in the field. Specific areas of focus include grief, loss, addiction, domestic violence, sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and relationship issues. In 2012, I developed an art therapy workshop called Broken Bowl based on the Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi and Kintsugi. Wabi Sabi embraces the flawed or imperfect aspects of life and Kintsugi is the practice of repairing broken pottery with gold. I guide individuals through a process of confronting change, accepting impermanence, and deciding how to move forward with what is left. If you are interested in participating in this workshop please reach out for upcoming dates.

Techniques I Use

Issues I Treat


  • Drug Dependence / Abuse / Addiction External link

    As a licensed substance use counselor, I have spent the last 10 years working directly with folks experiencing houselessness, having issues with the criminal justice system, trauma and addiction. So much of addiction is based in unresolved trauma which is why I take a judgment free, harm reduction approach.

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