Steven Balshem

Steven Balshem (he/him)

Clinical Social Work Associate


Hello, my name is Steven and I am here to offer you a space for healing, growth and change, and to offer support through challenging times.

Client Status



1111 E Burnside St., Ste. 100

Portland, 97214

At a Glance


Provides free initial consultation

Practicing Since: 2018

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Family
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

My Ideal Client

Are you a teen or young adult experiencing changes in your mood, or feel that your emotions and negative thoughts are becoming too difficult to manage? Do these changes impact every day life? If they do, maybe they were brought on by a significant life event, a traumatic experience, feeling oppressed, and may even be linked to underlying anxiety, depression, ADHD, or past trauma. Whatever it may be, your willingness to be vulnerable and commit to growth and change is the first step.

My Approach to Helping

My collaborative approach to helping begins with establishing a therapeutic relationship rooted in trust, non-judgment, empathy, and validation. I recognize the challenges around sharing your thoughts, feelings, and life experiences with a complete stranger, so I am a big advocate of meeting you where you're at as we begin our work together. As our therapeutic relationship strengthens, we will begin to unpack the connection between your thoughts, feelings, and behavior (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) to assist us in identify areas of growth that you feel will be most beneficial to you. Along with setting concrete therapeutic goals, we will also identify skills to assist you in increasing distress tolerance, emotional regulation, strengthening interpersonal effectiveness skills, and practicing staying in the present moment (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy). Lastly, we will often engage in effective problem solving (Collaborative Problem Solving) to address ongoing concerns in your life.

My Values as a Therapist

I am a Korean American, bi-racial, adopted cisgendered individual who has worked in mental health since 2013. I've worked at varying levels of care after receiving my Bachelors Degree in Psychology at Oregon State University in 2012, and while completing graduate school at Portland State University, where I received my Masters in Social Work in 2017. Through my personal, educational, and professional experiences, I have completed trainings in Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Collaborative Problem Solving, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, along with running a social justice group for high schoolers and implementing a suicide prevention curriculum at a local high school. As a bi-racial individual growing up and living in the Portland Metro area the majority of my life, I value addressing the impact of oppression and oppressive systems that often intersect with many aspects of identity and identity development for teens and young adults.

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