Danette Gillespie-Otto

Danette Gillespie-Otto

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Greetings BIPOC womxn! Communion is being together and speaking the language of the heart. Let's undertake your healing journey together.

Client Status




215 NE 60th Ave

Suite 209

Portland, OR 97213

At a Glance


Rate: $180

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2007

Languages: English


  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Kaiser

My Ideal Client

I specialize in working with Womxn and Femmes of color dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship concerns, workplace stressors, racism, sexism, heterosexism and cultural dislocation.

My Approach to Helping

I am an intuitive, attachment-based therapist who specializes in working with Womxn and Femmes of Color. Together we unravel the knots that bind you from the inside out. I offer compassion, connection, fresh perspective and practical tools to aid in your healing. I use cultural sensitivity, interpersonal neurobiology, sand tray therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy in sessions.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I received my Master's of Social Work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 2000. I have been a licensed clinical social worker since 2007. I have worked in community mental health, quality improvement, administration, local government, mentoring, research and private practice. I specialize in working with African-American, biracial and multi-racial clients of African descent, though I work with clients of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. I provide a holistic assessment and support that is individualized to your unique needs. I practice in a way that forms bridge between biology, psychology and spirituality--balancing these aspects of the whole. Give yourself the gift of deep alignment and healing. You deserve it!

Techniques I Use


  • Interpersonal External link

    Interpersonal Neurobiology demonstrates how we as humans help each other weather the storms of life through relationship and attuned, compassionate care. I am currently in training with Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, one of the leaders in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, and this has become my main mode of practice.

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) External link

    Cognitive behavioral therapy, or the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviors, is my secondary practice modality. I have extensive training in this model.

Issues I Treat


  • Cultural and Systemic Oppression External link

    Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I received training as a facilitator on issues of diversity and systemic oppression. Thus, my clinical lens is honed to not only recognize our individual and family experiences, but our group identity traumas as well. In therapy, we work with both your unique personal experience and your group identity experience.

  • Spirituality External link

    For people for whom spirituality is a main focus of their lives, I enjoy incorporating a spiritual perspective into my therapeutic work. I work best with clients who have a non-dualistic spiritual perspective or mystical leanings.

  • PTSD External link

    I have specialized training in the treatment of trauma, using both cognitive behavioral approaches and interpersonal neurobiology. I have worked with traumatized people for over 10 years.

  • Anxiety External link

    Anxiety can plague our lives, making it difficult to function. I specialize in connecting with the parts of ourselves that are living in conscious or unconscious fear, bringing care and compassion to these parts.

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