Emily Chavez-Nguyen

Emily Chavez-Nguyen (She/her)

Professional Counselor Associate


Supervisor: Natasha Laumei MA, LPC

I'm a human and a therapist showing up in the most genuine way possible. I have a waitlist, my group has some openings.

Client Status

accepting clients



511 SW 10th Ave

Suite 905

Portland, 97205

At a Glance


Rate: $105-$145

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2017

Languages: English

Faith: Christianity, Interfaith, Multifaith


  • Individual
  • Relationship
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Ideal Client

Do you feel like you have to wear a different mask for every area of your life? Can you express your sexuality with your friends, but have to hide it with your family? I help people integrate themselves, especially in the two areas of sexuality and spirituality. Every part of you belongs.

My Approach to Helping

People often have everything they need to get un-stuck, it is simply too hard to see how to get out. Especially when dealing with religious trauma, unsupportive families, or two areas that seem opposed such as being Gay, and wanting to practice a faith. I believe in working together with you to help you transform yourself into what you want when stuck. I use an adaptable approach to fit every person and the unique human being that they are. Sometimes this includes art or movement, writing or speaking, exploring or resting, process or content, and it almost always includes humor.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

While I have experneince in many areas, and love working with people across the specturm I find I'm often the best fit for those who want to go deeper into themselves, as well as into becoming. I am a memeber of both faith communities as well as the LGBTQ community. I am also in a interracial partnership and mother to both a cat, and a dog. I've found myself as the bridge between many people, communities and ideas, and this gave me a heart for those who can't seem to "fit" anywhere. I love to do the hard work of helping humans find there way to be themselves, and finding compassion and hope for ALL parts of themselves ALL of the time. This may mean holding your faith and sexuality equally, exploring your gender in a conservative family, or navigating a relationship where partners hold vastly different expereinces or beliefs. There is room to integrate while allowing unqieness to remain, contact me today to see if we would be a good fit!

Techniques I Use


  • Narrative  External link

    We all tell stories about and to ourselves, they can both lift up and tear down. Often times, we are not even aware of the stories we are clinging too. It's important to explore these stories. and we may even need to rewrite a few in order to heal.

  • Humanistic  External link

    We are all holistic humans, it is important to me to keep this in mind in therapy and take in the uniqueness of all my clients. To me, being a humanistic therapist is a chance to be just as human as those I help and to use that humanity to build self compassion, awarenss and hope in my clients.

  • Gestalt External link

    Gestalt is a great way to get unstuck and out of traditional therapy, I find it promotes movement in growth in a very experiential way. This may include art or acting or movement, but often comes in the form of awareness. A therapist who practices gestalt helps humans to have another mirror, as I point of interesting things I see and feel and hear, so we can look at them together and find some meaning.

Issues I Treat


  • Personal Growth External link

    We are always growing, and that can be an uncomfortable and frightening process, I walk alongside my clients as we explore together the next steps forward. This may inculde grief over the past or letting go of certain things in looking towards hopes for the future. I love the chance to be a witness and team member on this journey.

  • Spirituality External link

    I have studied and worked extensively with spirituality, and this can often be a difficult thing to integrate within our lives. But it is a vital part of who many people are as humans, I explore with my clients how to become aligned in this way. This often inculdes unpacking religious trama or expectaions, which is difficult to do alone.

  • Women's Issues External link

    Women have a difficult time in this world, and sometimes they need an extra person on their team.

  • LGBTQ Issues External link

    I have worked with those experiencing issues related to LGBTQ, but also those who are part of the LGBTQ community who simply want a therapist who is affirming and understanding. BOTH are welcome here.

  • Self-Esteem External link

    It is difficult to feel allowed to be fully ourselves, this is often ties to how we feel about and look at ourselves. While there are ways to help ourselves in this area, I've seen one of the best ways is to have a helper to come look with us, and build foundation with us!

Contact Emily

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