Deborah Ranker

Deborah Ranker (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker


I specialize in helping adults improve their relationships with themselves and others using a trauma-informed and collaborative approach.

Client Status

not accepting clients



Portland Collaborative Therapy

3939 NE Hancock Street

Portland, 97212

At a Glance


Rate: $115-$180

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2012

Languages: English


  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • Aetna
  • PacificSource
  • Samaritan Health Plans

My Ideal Client

I provide individual therapy to adults on issues relating to: anxiety, depression, people-pleasing, codependency, extreme empathy, self-judgement, spiritual abuse (cult) recovery, trauma, grief, and relationship dissatisfaction. I can support you to cultivate self-compassion, develop healthy coping skills, learn effective communication tools, and build confidence to change patterns and heal.

My Approach to Helping

I completed my Master's in Social Work from New York University in 2012. I have over 10 years of direct clinical experience working with adults. I incorporate EMDR, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, compassion-focused therapy, nonviolent communication skills, and traditional talk therapy techniques into my practice. I will tailor our work together to best meet your individual needs. I also seek to create a supportive space for people to explore identity issues and the impacts of systemic oppression in their therapy if they choose to do so.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

In addition to being a therapist, I also have experience working with a number of social justice causes. As a result, I hold an anti-oppressive framework and strive to be culturally humble, anti-racist, trauma-informed, weight-inclusive, sex positive, poly/kink friendly, and LGBTQIA+ affirming in my practice. I see you as the authority on your experience and will work collaboratively with you to achieve your goals on your terms. If my approach seems like a good fit for you, I invite you to schedule a free consultation to see if you'd like to work together. You can book appointments directly through my website.

Techniques I Use


  • EMDR External link

    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based therapy that helps people recover from trauma, anxiety, phobias, negative self-image, and more. It uses bilateral stimulation to aid in processing trauma stored in your nervous system. It’s a great way to address deep-rooted feelings that haven’t shifted through talk therapy. I have been using EMDR since 2015 and have specialized training in attachment-focused EMDR as well.

  • Nonviolent Communication External link

    Nonviolent Communication (or NVC for short) provides tools for accessing our own feelings and needs with compassion, and being able to communicate with others in a skillful way. It is an excellent toolkit for those looking to improve their relationships with themselves and others.

Issues I Treat


  • Personal Growth External link

    I offer proactive, individual counseling to help you uproot and transcend negative self-beliefs, insecurities, and past traumas that leave you feeling stuck and overwhelmed. I support clients to cultivate self-compassion, develop healthy coping skills, learn effective communication tools, and build confidence to change patterns and heal.

  • Relationship / Marriage Issues External link

    Relationships can be very confusing. I can help you demystify the dynamics in your relationships and give you tools for building relationships with better boundaries, healthier communication, and more intimacy.

  • Codependency External link

    Being a deeply caring and empathetic person can make it difficult to figure out how to maintain healthy boundaries in relationships and often leads to burnout and resentment. I enjoy helping people with high amounts of empathy figure out how to build confidence in themselves, maintain compassion for others, and develop the life-serving boundaries and skills needed to have thriving relationships.

  • Anxiety External link

    I can help you build a toolbox of coping skills and strategies for managing anxiety. I draw from CBT, mindfulness and trauma therapy techniques in my work. Together we can also find ways to identify and work through the origins of your anxieties and insecurities so you can find peace and confidence in the present.

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