Kate Parker-Shames

Licensed Professional Counselor

I provide therapeutic support for individual adults, children, and families around significant life transitions. Through my calm presence, strong support, and our therapeutic relationship, I can help you move through these transitions, and gain insight, healing, and change.


  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Child Therapy
  • Adolescent/Teen Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Child Therapy
  • Adolescent/Teen Therapy

My Approach

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 help you heal. 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. Additionally, I specialize in perinatal mental health, offering support to parents and families around pregnancy and the postpartum period. Deciding to enter therapy can be frightening and uncomfortable. I will work to help you feel at ease 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 Background

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 was born and raised in southern Oregon. I have lived in Portland for 15 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.


  • 971-266-4077
  • Website
  • 1130 SW Morrison St., Suite 328
    Portland, OR 97205

At a Glance

  • Experience: 6 Year(s) of Practice
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Rate: $90-115/session
  • Free Initial Consultation

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