Sharon Ernst

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

At one time or another, everyone encounters challenges that drain available resources and leave us feeling overwhelmed. No matter what challenges you might be facing today, it would be my privilege and honor to assist you in making mental wellness a priority in your life.


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

My Approach

My approach is Strength-based, Person-centered, and Culturally sensitive, coming from a Christian orientation. I believe that human beings are multi-dimensional creatures, consisting of biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects. When one aspect is diminished, the well-being of the whole is compromised, making mental wellness a must for holistic health. My goal is to authentically connect with clients, providing unconditional acceptance in a safe, inviting environment. It is truly my passion to come alongside others, offering compassionate support which facilitates new possibilities for nurturing personal and relational wellness. Therapeutic perspectives I rely on to guide my work are: Attachment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic, Sand-tray, and Solution-focused.

My Background

Professional counseling comes as a second career for me. I bring to the therapeutic relationship a lifetime of rich experience, which has involved my own healing journey. Prior to establishing my private practice, I worked in several human service settings, including residential facilities, corrections, child protective services, and a variety of non-profit agencies. Although clients come for a variety of reasons, I specialize in empowering women as they explore issues of self-esteem, co-dependency, boundary development, and domestic violence. I hold a Master’s Degree in Social Work, (MSW) obtained through Portland State University’s School of Social Work and graduated from there in 2012. As a Clinical Social Worker, I am recognized as a qualified mental health care provider in the state of Oregon. My license number is L7866. I am also a member in good standing with the National Association of Social Workers and am subject to its code of ethics.

Insurance Plans Accepted

  • Out of Network
  • MODA
  • Optum
  • PacificSource
  • Regence BC/BS


  • 503 410-4600
  • Website
  • 1217 NE Burnside Suite 401
    Gresham, OR 97030

At a Glance

  • Experience: 6 Year(s) of Practice
  • Neighborhood: Gresham
  • Rate: $120-150/session
  • Free Initial Consultation

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