Ladan Radafshar

Ladan Radafshar (She/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor


I'm a multicultural therapist focusing on relational issues for couples & individuals.

Client Status

accepting clients


Portland, 97214

At a Glance


Rate: $165-$185

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2019

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Relationship

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Ideal Client

I support couples and individuals in creating safe and meaningful relationships, cultivating self-worth, healing past experiences, and exploring their values and purpose. You may notice feeling stressed, stuck, or drained, in your relationship or as an individual, and together we will support you toward meaningful well-being.

My Approach to Helping

My goal as a therapist is to create a space where you feel empowered to find your voice amidst familial, professional, and societal expectations. Each of us processes the world differently and I support clients to build tools for growth while feeling heard, seen and affirmed. My approach is culturally sensitive, warm, and pragmatic. I support a range of couples and adult individuals and provide specific expertise to neurodiverse, multiracial, multicultural, and first-generation clients who may feel lost or marginalized by the mainstream narrative of American society. I utilize strengths-based, mindfulness-oriented, and intersectional methods, guiding you toward clarity and resilience.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

The resilience of the human spirit inspires me, and it is a privilege to witness the transformative power of human connection. I believe that just as we can be wounded in relationships, we can also heal in them. My training in modern psychodynamics holds the relationship between client and therapist as a space of non-judgment, compassion, and an opportunity to process and make sense of the challenges you face. I have a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Northwestern University and completed an externship in Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), as well as advanced training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Mindful Self-Compassion.

Techniques I Use


  • Couples Counseling External link

    Couples therapy is a space to explore where things got off track. Together we will bring awareness to triggers and identify the negative relational cycle unique to every couple. This awareness will help us understand and resolve negative patterns, process emotional responses, and create a positive shift in partners’ interpersonal interactions. This shift aims to move you and your partner toward a secure bond of trust and intimacy and deepen the quality of your communication and connection.

  • EMDR External link

    We can't change the past, but we can change its impact on us. Often past memories collide with our present experience causing emotional distress. Together we will identify and reprocess current and foundational memories and help build new positive, adaptive memory networks. This will bring relief and resolution in the present, and resilience and hope for the future.

  • Mindfulness-based External link

    Mindfulness serves as a powerful tool for emotional healing, allowing us to turn towards and acknowledge our challenging thoughts and emotions (like feelings of inadequacy, sadness, anger, and confusion) with a spirit of open curiosity. It can serve as an essential source of coping and resilience, dramatically improving our mental and physical health. We will learn how to handle difficult emotions with greater ease while motivating ourselves with encouragement rather than criticism.

  • Emotionally Focused External link

    Emotionally focused therapy emphasizes emotions and emotional regulation as central issues in relationships. During our sessions, we will identify, express, and transform feelings and needs to resolve negative patterns.

Issues I Treat


  • ADHD External link

    Those who identify with ADHD are often highly creative with an abundance of ideas + big picture connections. They can also struggle with managing their time (arriving late, super early, or generally overscheduled), organizing daily life (meeting deadlines, staying on task, paying bills on time), and experiencing strong emotions (intense feelings that are hard to manage). I work with clients to regulate difficult emotions and offer effective time management and organizational techniques.

  • Anxiety External link

    Feelings of anxiety such as a pervasive sense of unease, worry, or racing thoughts can be our bodies' SOS signal. It’s an invitation to explore what needs our attention. I will work with you holistically to identify the causes of your anxiety and the emotions you're experiencing as a result. I'll support you in regulating and managing your emotions with mindfulness and CBT techniques to help you feel more grounded.

  • Self-Esteem External link

    We all have a story to tell, and there is power, freedom, and healing in not just writing your distinct narrative but owning and celebrating it. We will untangle social constructs while illuminating the many facets of your authentic self. We will: - Explore your sense of meaning and belonging through clarifying values and beliefs. -Bring awareness to social conditioning around familial, societal, and generational forces. - Recognizing systems of oppression and their impact on the self.

  • Relationship / Marriage Issues External link

    Using Emotionally Focused Therapy, we will explore relational triggers and places you both feel stuck. We will bring awareness to the negative relational cycle unique to every couple. We will understand and resolve unhelpful communication patterns while deepening the quality of your communication and connection. Together we will process emotional responses, and create a positive shift in your interpersonal interactions, moving toward a secure bond of trust and intimacy.

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