Dr. Michelle Pliske

Dr. Michelle Pliske (She/Her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker


I work with individuals and families across the lifespan both in person and via telehealth formats.

Client Status

accepting clients



4950 NE Belknap Ct. STE 205

Hillsboro, 97124

At a Glance


Rate: $100-$150

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2008

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Family
  • Group
  • Child
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Kaiser
  • MHN
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My Ideal Client

My specialty areas include child development, trauma, anxiety, grief & loss and chronic medial issues. I have a play therapy room designed for expressive therapies and family systems work. I am certified in trauma, EMDR for children and adults and am faculty at the institute teaching in trauma informed care, play therapy, clinical supervision and animal assisted human health. I provide clinical supervision for professionals seeking licensing.

My Approach to Helping

Creating an environment of safety means having a focus on relationships. It is impossible to think creatively, problem solve or think through some of the most profound or difficult experiences in life if there isn't a feeling of trust. Relationships matter and I believe it is important to invest in building that trust and safety in therapy. Children find trust and safety through an environment in which they can be authentic. Play therapy offers a child an environment of safety. If children are able to say what they think or how they feel through toys/art/sand/media with someone who can translate their behavior and facilitate the process, they will respond positively and can successfully work through their presenting issues.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I have a doctoral degree in clinical social work and social policy with a trauma specialization. This includes not only how we support individuals but communities as a whole. I have post-graduate certifications in play therapy, adoption and foster care, trauma informed care, children's yoga and animal assisted human health. I work in partnership with my therapy dog Mercury. I am dual board certified as a supervisor in social work/counseling and play therapy practices.

Techniques I Use


  • Relational  External link

    Relational-cultural therapy examines the complexity of human relationships, exploring concepts of connection and disconnection as a primary source of stress, as well as recognizing and exploring the social implications of theory and mental health. Culture brings into focus the influence of larger dominate voices and policies and how power differentials impact the quality of daily living, adversity, trauma, and the nature of relationships.

  • Play Therapy  External link

    Play therapy involves using toys, sand, art, games, and other materials to help children express themselves. Play offers the child an environment of safety. If children are able to say what they think or how they feel through toys and art with someone who can translate their behavior and facilitate the process, they will respond positively and are able to successfully work through their problems.

  • Family Therapy External link

    Family therapy includes every member of the family. My role is to find opportunities through creativity for every member to have a voice and to feel included regardless of age. Each family member holds a different role and perspective and should be a part of the therapy process.

Issues I Treat


  • Abuse External link

    Adverse experiences in early childhood and throughout adulthood contribute to a variety of health issues. I provide clinical mental health care and collaborate with allied healthcare professionals to support children, adolescents, and adults impacted by abuse and trauma.

  • Child or Adolescent Issues External link

    Children frequently have difficulty talking about what is bothering them or talking about events that have occurred in their lives. My approach to counseling children and adolescents is to use a prescriptive method of play or expressive arts therapy (using the best fitting evidenced based practice that meets the needs of your child, integrated into hands-on work that brings counseling to life).

  • Anxiety External link

    Anxiety is a common condition in which the person excessively worries about a variety of different topics or a specific topic or experience. This worry is excessive and uncontrollable and associated with additional symptoms of anxiety. I provide support from a relational and cognitive behavioral approach to reduce stress and worry and engage in life.

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