Sonja Crisosto

Sonja Crisosto (she/her/they)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Supervisor: Maria Williquette, LMFT

I identify as ciswoman, Latinx/a, complex trauma survivor, and queer. I'm also an LCSW and enjoy working with people of shared identities.

Client Status

accepting clients


8083 SE 13th Ave Suite 3

Portland, 97202

At a Glance


Rate: $165

Provides free initial consultation

Practicing Since: 2016

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Family
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Aetna
  • OHP Single Case Agreement
  • OHP Trillium
  • PacificSource
  • Providence Health Plan
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My Ideal Client

We would be a good fit if you have motivation to do your own therapeutic work. Or need support with any of the following: Identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+ (something I am very passionate about). Need support in parent-child relationship repair support or parenting skills. Support for teens 13+. Family therapy. Anxiety disorders. Depression. Trauma- historic, generational, or other traumatic experiences. PTSD. Relationship conflicts or issues with emotional intimacy.

My Approach to Helping

I enjoy being collaborative in my work with others and am passionate about supporting others to identify goals and helping people. My approach includes using trauma informed practices and perspectives drawing from components of several different models and theories including Attachment Theory based interventions, harm reduction practices, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), components of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness practices Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Understanding all the layers of intersectional systemic problems and environments which directly impact oneself is another aspect of the work I really enjoy doing with people. We all have experiences and things that have created barriers to living our lives more fully and successfully, which is different for each of us. I would be honored to walk with you on your journey to more growth, change, and healing. Telling your story is just one of the ways you can offer yourself healing.

Why I Became a Therapist

I became a therapist because I myself have experienced growth and skills gained from therapeutic support. I'm telling you, it was life changing as I began to understand myself and my trauma impacted self (yes the same but also different!) and started on a more intentional journey of self healing and radical self acceptance and love. Skills were also gained to help me cope with emotional pain while healing and understanding new parts of myself. I hope to help others in their own journey of accepting and loving all the parts of themselves.

Techniques I Use


  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) External link

    Traditional CBT is typically very structured. I offered more of a modified version to meet the need and pace of where someone is in their process. This model involves understanding connections between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors/actions.

  • Family Systems External link

    Generally this model focuses on roles, interactions patterns, responsibilities of people within a family unit and how individuals within the unit function or interaction with each other. Supporting someone while they learn to attend to their own self and needs that may be in conflict with needs and goals of family unit.

Issues I Treat


  • PTSD External link

    It's a passion of mine to support and walk with anyone who has had or is having traumatic experiences in their life. Often many of us do not understand trauma or trauma symptoms and how they can have long term impacts in our lives. Often people feel seen and validated by gaining new or different perspectives of themselves while processing through trauma and it's lasting impacts with me.

  • LGBTQ Issues External link

    I identify as queer and Latinx. There is a degree of shared understanding/connection when working with someone who has a shared identity and/or community. I am passionate about walking with anyone in LGBTQIA+ community as I know there are so many barriers and stressors to trying survive and just live a life of self -fulfillment. I will also be starting to write referral and support letters for gender affirming surgeries in the coming months.

  • Historical Trauma External link

    Historical and Generational trauma is another area that I have been impacted myself. Supporting people process this trauma that is also wrapped up in grief and so many additional barriers can make people feel isolated or hopeless. Please allow me, or someone else, to offer a space dedicated to only you while you.......................................

  • Child or Adolescent Issues External link

    I have been working with youth and families in a variety of rolls over the last twenty years. I enjoy working with teens at this time who are middle school age and older.

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