Derica Waller

Derica Waller (She/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker


I believe our desire for change and even our pain can center our attention around a part of us that needs to grow. Are you ready to begin?

Client Status

not accepting clients



2705 E Burnside St


Portland, OR 97214

At a Glance


Rate: $100-$140

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 1997

Languages: English


  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • Aetna
  • Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield

My Approach to Helping

My style is warm and accepting. My job is to listen and help you rediscover your passions and strengths to create what you want in your life. I approach therapy using mindfulness based concepts, cognitive behavioral techniques and Humanistic values. I believe it is important to understand the patterns and dynamics happening in your life as well as sometimes having the courage to leap into the unknown and trust your instincts. I can help you create peace, purpose and energy in your life. I will support you to step out of fear and to live intentionally.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I am honored to have been part of supporting my clients' change and growth for the past 18 years. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker here in Oregon. I offer a combination of mindfulness, body-centered and cognitive behavioral work tailored to fit each client. I have extensive experience in personal growth work, self-esteem, grief issues and perinatal/post partum mood disorders. The most passionate work I do is with adults who are ready to make changes in their lives. I love supporting the transformation that can happen as clients work through self-doubt, shame and perfectionism. I can help new parents adjusting to the tumultuousness of a new baby. I also help clients manage anxiety, grief and loss and major life transitions. My background includes working with families and couples so the individual work we do is based in the idea that we all live within dynamic systems of relationships. With a combination of intention, insight and action, the change you want is possible.

Techniques I Use


  • Mindfulness-based External link

    For the past 10 years, a major focus in my continued training has been in the arena of mindfulness techniques. I have also participated in consultation groups supporting the use of visualization, breath-work and body-awareness as effective therapeutic techniques. I have studied meditation techniques, containment skills and yoga philosophies that support mindfulness practices.

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) External link

    My original training at Oberlin College's Psychology Department and my Masters of Social Work curriculum at Arizona State University both focused primarily on Cognitive-Behavioral skills in therapy.

  • Coaching External link

    Coaching techniques include clarifying your values and goals and the action steps that will bring these goals to life.

Issues I Treat


  • Women's Issues External link

    My therapeutic work has centered largely on working with women. In particular, helping women rediscover their identity and strength in the face of new roles such as new mother, divorcee or healing from past struggles. I am a member of Baby Blues Connection and Postpartum International. I focus my continued training on issues such as self-esteem, perfectionism, co-dependency and personal growth.

  • Self-Esteem External link

    Learning to trust that you are good enough is a powerful step in finding your peace and happiness. Understanding the effects of shame, self-doubt and perfectionism and how to free yourself from these binds can open up a whole new experience of life.

  • Loss or Grief External link

    My experience in working with grief has focused on both supporting those grieving the death of a loved one from illness or accident as well as the loss of a pregnancy or still birth. Grief is often present in major life changes as well, from moving to divorce to career changes. I can help you understand your own personal grief process, it's challenges and lessons, as you walk this path.

  • Anxiety External link

    Anxiety has a way of taking over in life. It can show up as worry about the future, self-doubt about who we are, and panic that can surprise us in the most common of moments. I support clients to understand their anxiety from a variety of angles, including how it works in the body to where it comes from and day to day habits that can help calm those tough moments.

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