Katherine Chiba, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Probably my most outstanding characteristic as a therapist is that I don't judge. How can I, when my own life has been imperfect and often messy? I believe we are all good people, doing the best we can, and it is my privilege to welcome a few splendid souls into my office.


  • Individual Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Group Therapy

My Approach

Therapy is pretty simple: two or more people get together in a room and talk. It's not a magic bullet, and it's not pain free. Sometimes, for a while, people in therapy feel worse because they are opening up hurts and traumas that haven't been addressed. Sometimes its painful because we have to face up to things about ourselves or our situations that we would rather ignore. It's worth it because we have the chance to look at things from a different perspective, to ask different questions, to challenge ourselves and, ultimately, get more of what we want out of life. Understanding where we've been and how we got here is important, but in order to feel better, we often have to do something different. In therapy we can learn to identify what the options are, evaluate the risks and benefits of different options, and make the best choice for ourselves. We also have to learn to live with the fact that some choices are not, sadly, on the table.

My Background

I lived in Japan for 17 years, during which time I taught in a community college and did graduate studies in clinical psychology. After the death of my husband I brought our two children back to the US and started my graduate studies over again, this time pursuing a master's in social work at Portland State University. I have been in practice since 1999, first in community mental health and, for the past 15 years, at the VA, where I was hired to help start a Dialectical Behavior Therapy program. For the past three years I have focused on general psychotherapy for clients with a wide variety of diagnosis, including PTSD, depression, and anxiety disorders. I have also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, and have utilized this modality in individual and group treatment.

Insurance Plans Accepted

  • Out of Network
  • MHN
  • Medicare
  • MODA
  • Optum
  • Providence Health Plan
  • Regence BC/BS
  • Reliant Behavioral Health (RBH)
  • TriWest
  • United Behavioral Health


  • 503-816-1808
  • Website
  • 811 E. Burnside, Suite 217
    Portland, OR 97212
  • Second Office Address:
  • Telehealth Virtual Office

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