Elizabeth Raffer Anderson

Elizabeth Raffer Anderson (She/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor


I am a Queer identified somatic and psychodynamic therapist and I believe in the human capacity to grow, connect and get our needs met.

Client Status

accepting clients



1235 se hickory street- division street alley


Portland, 97212

At a Glance


Rate: $125-$175

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2010

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Family
  • Relationship
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • OHP Open Card
  • Optum
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My Ideal Client

I see clients from an array of backgrounds with a diversity of issues. My approach is somatic and attachment based which is helpful in treating depression, trauma and anxiety. Additionally, my approach helps clients feel a new sense of safety, wholeness and connection to themselves and others. I work with Queer, trans and non binary folks and I also work from a social justice framework and practice an intersectional style to therapy.

My Approach to Helping

My approach is direct, nurturing and connective. Our relationship is the foundation from which we can begin to do the work. I believe in the capacity to change and to become our best selves. I want this for you and I will work with you to achieve this. I incorporate psychodynamic talk therapy to delve into the origins of trauma and pain while incorporating mindfulness and somatic experiencing to treat the mind (thoughts) and body (symptoms) in real time. Additionally, I acknowledge that oppression exists within marginalized communities, thus treating the individual in a social context.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I have a B.A. in Gender Studies from Portland State University and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College. I have been practicing for over 12 years working in a variety of settings, including crisis response, family therapy, child/adolescent play and talk therapy and community mental health with adults. I have received training in Hakomi method which incorporates mindfulness and somatic techniques to treat the body/mind, play therapy, trauma informed care, DBT, CBT and psychopharmacology among others. I love learning! You can find me reading about the brain and body connection and participating in trainings to better my understanding and depth of what I practice. I love music and art and travel (Covid-19 has put a damper on these interests ).

Issues I Treat


  • Cultural and Systemic Oppression External link

    As a person who has a bachelor's degree in women's studies, I have a strong foundation on intersectionality and the importance of including social justice in my work.

  • PTSD External link

    I have extensive training in trauma-informed therapy and interventions. This may include psychoeducation (understanding how trauma works in the brain and body) as well as psychodynamic techniques and mindfulness practices.

  • Anxiety External link

    Many client's I have worked with experience anxiety . From experiencing it in the body (symptoms) is how we usually first recognize it. I have vast training in methods to treat anxiety; including but not limited to: CBT, mindfulness and Hakomi method.

  • Depression External link

    Many people seek therapy because they are struggling with some form of depression. I have strong clinical skills via my work as a crisis counselor as well as community mental health on assessing risk and coming up with a treatment plan that works for you (most importantly)! utilizing hakomi method, cbt and psychodynamic techniques depending on the needs of the individual.

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