Robin Friedman, LCSW

Robin Friedman, LCSW (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker


I enjoy empowering and supporting individuals on their path of personal growth, healing, life challenges and transitions, & wholeness.

Client Status

not accepting clients



1235 SE Division St. #202B

Portland, 97202



At a Glance


Rate: $150-$175

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2004

Languages: English


  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • Aetna
  • PacificSource

My Ideal Client

My clients are individual adults who are willing and interested in making lasting positive change in their lives. I am licensed in both Oregon L5164 and Washington State LW61109761.

My Background

I draw from many disciplines and personal life experience. My formal education includes a BFA from Colorado State University and teacher education from University of California at San Diego. I earned my MSW from the University of Utah in 2004. I completed a certificate program in Person Centered Expressive Arts Therapy and level 1 and 2 training in EMDR Therapy through EMDRIA. Since 2000, I have attended many professional trainings and workshops including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), trauma therapy, mindfulness and somatic based psychotherapy, and sexual assault crisis intervention training. I regularly attend conferences, professional trainings, seminars and ongoing peer consultation. Clinical Experience: Therapist since 2003, Private Practice since 2006, Supervisor for MSW interns and CSWA's since 2008, Senior Therapist at a Rape Recovery Center 4.5 years, Therapist at an outpatient adult substance abuse treatment center. As well as varied and wide life experience.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

Therapy is a process and can help calm the storm, allowing room for self discovery, and positive change. Whether we are working long or short-term, we will allow each session to move in the direction needed at that time. My style is to be honest, accepting, respectful, spontaneous, intelligent, creative, and compassionate. You will have full permission to be and express all of who you are. I work from a client-centered perspective and a social justice lens. I believe each person has within them the ability to heal, and is ultimately the expert on their own lives. My role is to collaborate with you on the journey of healing, self expression, and identifying and honoring your unique strengths. As your witness, I will offer my presence, knowledge, and deep listening, as well as provide you with experiences and skills aimed at assisting you in healing, growth, and living in alignment with your self-identified values. In addition, I use the creative process whenever possible.

Techniques I Use


  • EMDR External link

    EMDR Therapy stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Level 1 and 2 trained with over 10 years experience. I very much enjoy this approach and use it often with clients in my practice.

  • Mindfulness-based External link

    I use Focusing and somatic based techniques to help individuals experience, except and heal emotions in the body. I also use mindfulness as a way become more centered and present, reducing anxiety and learning ways to get unhooked from unhelpful thoughts. I also offer ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) skills for managing and unhelpful intrusive thoughts, learning to identify, be with and move through challenging. emotions, and shift in the direction of self identified values.

  • Humanistic  External link

    I come from a humsnistic and person centered perspective. Celebrating each persons capacity to heal and I honor each person with unconditional positive regard. Non-pathologizing feminist Multi-cultural, social justice approach.

Issues I Treat


  • PTSD External link

    I have many years of experience effectively helping those who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress and complex trauma. I use a variety of aproaches including mindfulness, EMDR Therapy, art, and somatic approaches.

  • Anxiety External link

    Using mindfulness , acceptance and commitment therapy, EMDR to treat anxiety

  • Depression External link

    I use expressive arts, mindfulness, person centered therapy, EMDR, and talk therapy to reduce symptoms of depression.

  • LGBTQ Issues External link

    I've worked for many years with the LGBTQ+ population. I provide a safe, open and affirming environment for those who are coming to therapy because of stressors or challenges me related to gender or sexual identity, or who are working to understand their identity. I also provide a safe place for those who identify as LGBTQ+ or other identities who want to focus on other areas, but want be assured they have a safe place to be themselves and feel understood.

  • Sexual Abuse External link

    I have worked directly with sexual able/assault survivors of all genders for many years including over 4 years as a therapist at a Rape Recovery Center. I work with adults who are survivors of any kind of sexual and physical abuse trauma from ongoing childhood abuse to single incident rape or other sexual violence.

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