Naomi Painter

Naomi Painter (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor


When trauma creates unhelpful patterns and makes life decisions for us, it's time to seek help.

Client Status




1940 NE Broadway

Portland, 97232

At a Glance


Rate: $165-$210

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 am passionate about assisting those in helping professions, such as social services providers, healthcare professionals, social workers, educators, and, YES, therapists! Helpers are particularly susceptible to “burnout,” the effect of witnessing the trauma their clients and students are going through, while having only a limited scope of influence to affect the situation. I specialize in trauma, women's issues, life transitions, and anxiety. LGBTQ+ and poly-friendly.

My Approach to Helping

Mindful, somatic experiential therapy: Hakomi is a form of sensorimotor psychotherapy (also called somatic therapy), consisting of guided self-study that uses mindfulness to access traumatic memories and harmful beliefs encoded in the body - those places in your body where you feel restless, uncomfortable, ill, or just plain “don’t go there.” Together, we will harness the power of mindfulness, creativity, curiosity, and presence to courageously dive in, unearth your pain, and reshape your experience of the world. Hakomi brings together the wisdom of Buddhist and Taoist teachings with modern scientific findings on how the brain changes itself through experience, not just talking about it.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

Before becoming a counselor I was a family support worker and program manager for a home visiting program serving first-time parents, a special education paraeducator, a school counselor at the elementary, middle, and high school level, a case manager and program manager for a grant serving veterans experiencing homelessness, and an Aging and Disability case manager. My 15 years in social services and education gave me me a view of the rich tapestry of human experience, and a deep understanding of the toll working in the helping professions can take on people.

Techniques I Use


  • Hakomi External link

    I am trained in the Hakomi Method, a form of somatic experiential therapy, and am supervised by Katrina Gould LCSW who has been practicing Hakomi in the Portland area for decades.

  • Somatic Therapy (Body Centered) External link

    I use many somatic methods in my practice in order to assist with the integration of the mind-body experience.

  • Relational  External link

    I am training under Terry Real to provide Relational Life Therapy to couples.

Issues I Treat


  • Compassion Fatigue External link

    I have worked in case management for many years and am passionate about assisting those in helping professions, such as case managers, outreach workers, home visitors, and educators. Burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary trauma come with the territory.

  • Polyamorous and Open Relationships External link

    I have lived experience of open relationships and the structure of poly and swinger community. To avoid ethical conflicts and dual relationships, I have not been active in the Portland open relationships community in several years.

  • Women's Issues External link

    I work through an intersectional feminist lens and understand that women face unique barriers in pursuit of social and political equality: sexism, gender-based violence, body shame and appearance pressure, economic injustice, power imbalance in relationships, and reproductive health.

  • LGBTQ Issues External link

    I am aware that gender and sexuality work on a spectrum and that we are all on our own personal journey towards what works for each of us. I work to be an ally to all genders and sexual expressions: lesbian, gay, bisexual/pansexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, and the asexuality spectrum.

  • Anxiety External link

    Anxiety is a reaction to unresolved trauma, and it is our body and mind's way of trying to keep us safe. Somatic therapy helps uproot the traumas held in our bodies and thoughts and reduces the grip of anxiety on our behaviors and decisions.

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