Karin Pfeiffer-Robinson

Karin Pfeiffer-Robinson (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

M.A., NCC

Supervisor: Silvana Espinoza Lau, LMFT

Accessible and culturally respectful mental health counseling for adults and older teens. Outdoors, in an office (w/ masks), or telehealth.

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

503-974-3344

7929 SW 37th Ave

Suite F

Portland, 97219

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $100

Provides free initial consultation

Practicing Since: 2021

Languages: English, Español

Services

  • Individual
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket

My Ideal Client

I honor who you are, wherever you are on your healing journey, and I am committed to providing a safe space where you can be understood and supported in that journey. I am especially passionate about working with clients who are in their late teens and early 20's, a time of life that brings a lot of challenges as well as a chance for a great deal of discovery and growth. That said, I enjoy working with clients who are going through significant changes in their lives, at any age.

My Approach to Helping

I graduated with an M.A. in Professional Mental Health Counseling from Lewis & Clark College and I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Prior to becoming a mental health counselor, I worked with Latina women and their children as a case manager in a transitional housing program as well as with Latinx farmers, both in Paraguay and in the Portland Metro area. My approach is guided by relational cultural theory, attachment theory, and ecotherapy. These philosophies recognize that each person is part of larger social, cultural, and environmental contexts that influence and impact them greatly. I also utilize mindful self-compassion, somatic therapy, and expressive arts in my work with clients. More important than a specific theory or approach, for counseling to be effective it is essential that you feel respected, safe, and understood by your therapist. I offer free 15-minute initial consultations for anyone interested in becoming a client, to see if this would be a good fit.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe that you know yourself better than anyone else does. Sometimes that inner wisdom can feel obscured. Painful life experiences or systemic oppression can lead to mental health challenges. Therapy is one avenue for reconnecting with yourself, with your values, and with others. I recognize that the field of mental health counseling has its roots in serving the dominant, white culture in the U.S. Access to nature has also traditionally been much more available for middle to upper-middle class, able-bodied white people than for anyone else. I started my private practice, Fern Path Counseling, to be one small part of changing mental health care to better align with social justice values and the rights of all people to access mental health care that works for them.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • EcoTherapy External link

    I completed courses in Ecopsychology and Ecotherapy at Lewis & Clark College while in the professional mental health counseling M.A. program. During my graduate internship, I worked with individual clients of all ages at a nature-based therapy agency. I bring this expertise to my work with clients whether sessions take place outdoors, indoors, or through telehealth, if it is something that is important to you.

  • Mindfulness-based External link

    Technology and the pace of our modern world often brings us out of ourselves and out of the present moment. The practice of being mindful and approaching ourselves with an open, compassionate curiosity has the ability to dramatically shift our relationships, both with ourselves and with others. Scientific research also shows that mindfulness leads to lasting, positive changes in the brain.

  • Emotionally Focused External link

    In my work with clients, and in my own personal journey, I have observed that it is very common to feel overwhelmed and confused by our emotions. It may sound very simple, but recognizing, accepting, and addressing our emotions can become the basis for a more grounded and meaningful life.

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