Karla Wolf, LPC

Karla Wolf, LPC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

Specializing in Internal Family Systems (IFS). Providing evidence based, trauma informed therapy (with a social justice lens) to individual adults & couples

Experienced clinician of 18+ years. I bring compassion, authenticity, warmth & humor to the counseling relationship.

Client Status

waitlist

Contact

971-231-1223

TELEHEALTH- weekdays only (no evenings or weekends)

1509 SW Sunset Blvd. Ste. 2A

Portland, Oregon 97239

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $150-$175

Provides free initial consultation

Practicing Since: 2004

Services

  • Individual
  • Relationship

Insurances Accepted

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

My Ideal Client

"Sometimes I wrestle with my demons, sometimes we just snuggle" -It can be hard to get rid of the demons inside of us, perhaps because they were holding us when nobody else did. What if, instead of getting rid of them, we can learn to love them. -Whether you need help in navigating your relationship with yourself or other's in your life, or a LOSS-we will find a way together.

My Approach to Helping

As an IFS therapist, I believe that our wholeness is not achieved by cutting off a portion of ourself but by inviting in ALL parts of ourself, which all want to play a positive role in who we are. To help you reach this goal of wholeness I work primarily from the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model (parts work). This model utilizes both the client’s & therapist’s inner capacities for curiosity, compassion & courage to support your journey. I use Non Violent Communication (NVC) & IFS (IFIO model) to assist you & your partner in developing the skills to problem solve well together. As Marshall Rosenburg (NVC) said, “Every criticism, judgment, blame & expression of anger is the tragic expression of an unmet need.” We will work together so that unmet needs can be expressed & met. I will also invite you to notice the ways you are already supported. I find that gratitude can be a wonderful antidote to resentments.

Why I am a Good Fit for You

I am drawn to counseling because I love working with people. I think each person has their own abilities & wisdom to find their way, develop the tools they need to be an anchor for themselves & their loved ones. I bring a social justice perspective to my work & will support you in recognizing the ways oppression & related traumas have affected your sense of self & well-being. In my own life, I continue to learn about myself, & my vulnerabilities & strengths, through partnerships & parenting, & through embracing the demons in myself & finding healing. I love being with friends & family, being outdoors, finding solace in nature & playing with my 3 cats. My counseling style is compassionate, down to earth, casual, full of humor & warmth. I love working with people & I learn from you every day. “Compassion is not a relationship between the healer & the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness can we be present with the darkness of others." P.Chodron

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) External link

    IFS believes that each of us is comprised of many psychological "parts", each with valuable qualities to help us thrive & protect us from pain. Each of us also has a core Self that knows how to heal us. As an IFS therapist I use this evidence based model to support you in your healing. I have completed IFS Level 1 Training & I am becoming a Certified IFS Therapist. I also use IFS personally for my own growth & healing to insure that I can bring my wholest Self to the therapy sessions with you.

  • Nonviolent Communication External link

    Nonviolent Communication (NVC) teaches us how to use compassion to access our own feelings & needs & how to communicate with others in an effective way so that everyones needs can get met. It is an perfect model for those looking to improve their relationships with themselves & others. I trained with NVC's founder, Marshall Rosenburg, & I have over 15 years practicing & utilizing NVC with couples & individuals. I continue to deepen my NVC practice & learning by attending an NVC group for myself.

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