Sonja Crisosto

Sonja Crisosto (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Ciswoman, Chicana/x, complex trauma survivor, breast cancer survivor, and queer. I'm an LCSW at Lifestance Health.

Client Status

accepting clients


4224 Northeast Halsey Street Suite 335

Portland, 97213

At a Glance


Provides free initial consultation

Practicing Since: 2016

Languages: English


  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Aetna
  • First Choice Health
  • Humana
  • Kaiser
  • MHN
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My Ideal Client

We would be a good fit if you have motivation to do your own therapeutic work AND need support with any of the following: Are a part of BIPoC and/or LGBTQIA+ identities, generational trauma, systemic trauma, 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.

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.

  • 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.

  • ADHD External link

    Many people struggle to sometimes understand that ADHD is much more than forgetfulness or not being able to concentrate. There are many emotional and behavioral patterns that people experienced because of ADHD symptoms and.

  • Cultural and Systemic Oppression External link

    There are so many specific issues and problems that exist for people who are BIPoC. Problems and impact from systems and society that is felt on a daily basis, often. Let's work to understand, acknowledge, and implement changes (on any scale) that will help support and heal.

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