Kate Robinson

Kate Robinson (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CADC1

Greetings! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor with over 14 years of experience.

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

971-334-9899

2304 E Burnside

suite 5

Portland, 97214

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $145-$175

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2006

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Health Net
  • MHN
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My Ideal Client

Many struggle with finding their optimal balance of emotional and physical well being at different periods in their life. When finding a balance is complicate by a mental illness, addiction, chronic pain, or loss, life can feel unbearable. I believe that regardless of what barriers arise, every person is capable of taking steps towards feeling more fulfilled in life. The most exciting part of my job is working with clients during their process of becoming their best selves.

My Approach to Helping

I utilize Cognitive Behavioral, Strengths-Based, and Mindfulness - Based treatment approaches. Over the past 14 years, I have worked in Inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. In private practice my focus is on individual counseling for teenagers and adults. My areas of specialization include working with individuals with Acquired Brain Injury (TBI, Concussion, Stroke, Tumor, encephalitis.) as well as helping people who are struggling with symptoms associated with Chronic Pain, Depression, Anxiety, opioid related disorders, and Alcohol-Related Disorders. My treatment begins with gathering some history and learning about what brings you to counseling. In the time frame that works best for you, I will help you identify what is not going well and what is keeping you from the life you want to lead. I will be an empathic listener and encourage you to practice new ways of thinking about what is troubling you and teach ways you can make subtle changes to start feeling your best.

Why I Became a Therapist

Life changed drastically for me when as a teenager I suffered a traumatic brain injury and spent several months in the hospital recovering and relearning everything. My recovery was aided by receiving individual counseling which helped me learn how to adapt to all of the emotional and physical changes as well as losses I experienced. Professional help put me on the right path and is one of the reasons I decided to become a counselor myself. Over the years, I gained confidence and focused my energy on helping others. I have been and continue to be active in the brain injury community as a volunteer and Board Member. My interestes include spending time with my family, gardening, meditation and traveling. I am fluent in French and my undergrad degree was in French studies. I love to learn and take advantage of any opportunities to expand my knowledge as a counselor. I am currently in the process of becoming a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) External link

    I have participated in numerous CBT trainings and continue to learn about and practice this treatment approach. I have found that it is very effective for most clients and have seen positive results.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Chronic Pain or Illness External link

    Chronic Pain can be so frustrating and exhausting. It often leads to symptoms of depression and /or increased use of medication that can make the condition worse and lead to overuse. From my own experience with chronic pain as well as from working at a chronic pain management center, I have learned the pain management skills that appear to best provide relief and maximize functioning. I focus on the cognitive aspects and thought processes that can help decrease pain.

  • Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Dependence External link

    I am a certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has worked with individuals with Alcohol Abuse and Dependence and opioid dependence in an inpatient hospital detox setting as well as in an outpatient settings. In the early stages of recovery, it is important for the person to work with a team of professionals that includes a doctor and I will be part of that team. I help people who are considering decreasing their drug use or who want to learn skills and techniues to maintain their sobriety.

  • PTSD External link

    Symptoms of PTSD often cause distress, impaired functioning and can negatively impact personal relationships, the ability to work and the ability to participate in social activities that used to be enjoyable. Unhealthy coping skills such as increased drug or alcohol use are not uncommon. By learning healthier coping skills, relaxation techniques, and new ways of thinking, relief is possible.

  • Anxiety External link

    Anxiety disorders are fairly common but can at times be very uncomfortable and sometimes debilitating. I most often treat individuals with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder. I find that by teaching clients about Cognitive Distortions, behavioral coping strategies, mindfulness techniques, and stress reduction techniques, anxiety symptoms can be managed.

  • Depression External link

    Depression is an often overwhelming condition that affects a person emotionally and physically. For those who have not suffered from this illness, it is hard to explain how it feels. I believe that Depression is manageable with or without medication, depending on the individual. I primarily utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients cope with and ultimately alleviate depression symptoms.

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