Emily Padilla

Emily Padilla

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I specialize in working with youth and families, most commonly treating trauma disorders, anxiety and depression.

Client Status

accepting clients



1101 SE Alder St.

Portland, 97204

At a Glance


Rate: $110-$220

Provides free initial consultation


  • Individual
  • Family
  • Child
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • OHP CareOregon/HealthShare
  • OHP Trillium
  • PacificSource

My Approach to Helping

I seek to create a safe space where children feel accepted and heard. I utilize wholistic and evidence based practices to support and guide clients and families through the therapeutic process. I encourage and empower my clients to honor their voice and embrace their uniqueness. I have been working in education and social services for 10 years.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe in the power of nurturing relationships and modeling positive habits and coping skills.

Techniques I Use


  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) External link

    Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a structured program of psychotherapy with a strong educational component designed to provide skills for managing intense emotions and negotiating social relationships. Originally developed to curb the self-destructive impulses of chronic suicidal patients, it is also the treatment of choice for borderline personality disorder, emotion dysregulation, and a growing array of psychiatric conditions. Emily has been trained and is certified in DBT Therapy.

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) External link

    Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an action-oriented approach to psychotherapy that stems from traditional behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Clients learn to stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with their inner emotions and, instead, accept that these deeper feelings are appropriate responses to certain situations that should not prevent them from moving forward in their lives. Emily has been trained and is certified in ACT Therapy.

  • Play Therapy  External link

    Emily has been certified in Play Therapy and enjoys working with children and adolescents presenting with a number of behavioral health issues. This approach utilizes toys and other expressive activities as forms of communication and as an intervention method for problem solving and promoting well-being.

  • Sand Tray External link

    Emily has received training and is certified in Sand Tray therapy. Sand Tray therapy is a creative counseling technique where a person expresses their understanding of themselves, their world, and aspects of their reality through figurines or miniatures.

Contact Emily

Optional note (300 character limit). Please do not include sensitive medical information.