Kate Parker-Shames

Kate Parker-Shames (she/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor


I provide therapeutic support for individual adults, children, and families around significant life transitions.

Client Status

not accepting clients



4605 NE Fremont Street

Suite 204C

Portland, 97213

At a Glance


Rate: $115-$165

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2014

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Family
  • Child
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

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

My Ideal Client

Most of my clients are working through significant life transitions, including: perinatal mental health concerns, grief and loss, stress, anxiety, depression, or family relational conflict. I specialize in perinatal mental health, offering support to parents and families as they navigate the transition to parenting, their fertility journey, pregnancy, losses, birth, the postpartum period, and beyond.

My Approach to Helping

Deciding to enter therapy can be frightening and uncomfortable. I will work to help you feel at ease through this process. Through my calm presence, strong support, and our therapeutic relationship, I can help you move through this time. You can find new connection and healing to help move you towards the changes you wish to see. I offer a nonjudgmental space where we can explore together sources of your pain or distress, while developing new ways of interacting with yourself and others. I offer empathy, experience, and expertise to guide you through this process. Please visit my website at www.parkershamescounseling.com for more details on my practice and approach. Contact me to set up a free initial phone consultation. You do not have to face this alone. I can help!

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I received my Bachelor's in Sociology from Pitzer College, in Claremont, CA in 2004. I worked for many years as a public health researcher and educator before returning to school to pursue a degree in counseling. I received my Master's of Science degree in Counselor Education, Marriage, Couples and Family Therapy from Portland State University in 2014. I opened my private practice in 2015. I currently hold two licenses in the State of Oregon, as both a Licensed Professional Counselor (License # C5466) and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (License # T2493). I was born and raised in southern Oregon. I have lived in Portland for 20 years. When I am not working, I enjoy travel, cooking, hiking, creating art, and exploring beautiful places in the Pacific Northwest with my family. I believe that therapy is a powerful tool for change, and it is my privilege to provide a space for you to explore the possibility of healing for you.

Issues I Treat


  • Postpartum External link

    I specialize in work with parents, women, and families experiencing perinatal and postpartum depression and anxiety, in transitioning to parenthood, processing birth and trauma, pregnancy losses, and in healing during pregnancy and in the years following a new baby. I have completed certificate training as a Perinatal Mental Health provider. Infants and young children are welcome in sessions.

  • Family Conflict External link

    I believe that problems are best solved through the strength and assistance of family and loved ones. I believe in the resiliency of families. I believe that families can obtain skills to function differently, and to decrease problematic interactions and behaviors. People can change their lives and improve their relationships, regardless of their past, present, or future circumstances.

  • Loss or Grief External link

    Loss, change, and transition is a natural and deeply painful part of being human. I will provide a space to support you as you grieve, seek to understand, process, and heal. I believe in your resiliency and strength. You do not have to face this alone. I can help.

  • Anxiety External link

    Anxiety can take many forms, and effects everyone in different ways. Anxiety can be overwhelming and debilitating. I offer a non-judgmental space where we can work together to address anxiety, and develop tools to help. I am a warm, competent, energetic practitioner and will work to help you feel at ease.

Contact Kate

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