Kate O'Brien (They/She)


Hello! I'm a Portland based, white, queer, therapist offering teletherapy.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Contact
  • Individual
  • Adolescent/Teen

About My Clients

Are you struggling with a hard life transition you weren’t expecting? Are you wishing you had more coping strategies for your symptoms of anxiety or depression? Do you wish you had someone to talk to while feeling free of judgement or expectations? Do you want to process old hurt that is impacting your life? Are you wanting to play a more active role in your own life? Have you recently experienced a great loss and need support? Are you struggling LGBTQIA+ issues? I am here for it.

My Background and Approach

*I do not take insurance* I have over ten years working with children, youth, families, and adults. I spent 6 years as a behavioral therapist working with youth struggling with a variety of developmental disabilities including Autism. After graduating from PSU with my Masters in Social Work, I spent several years as a therapist and social worker in schools. Last year I became certified as an Adoptive and Foster Family therapist. I am also a certified trainer in Paloma Medina's Neurology of Equity and Inclusion for Systemic Change as well as hold an Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy certification. I am truly a social worker at heart and serve my clients with many lenses. I use an attachment lens, systems theory, racial theory, queer theory, fat positive lens, a strengths-based lens, a whole person approach, and anti-racist trauma informed framework. I believe that our relationships can be a foundation to work through your challenges.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe that you are the writer of your own story and can create the life you want by re-writing and editing your story. We can do this using many modalities from visualization/mindfulness to CBT to Somatic work. I truly feel honored to be any part of someone’s journey. The way I see my support for you is walking alongside you for a period of time highlighting your successes and supporting you during challenging moments, when indicated. I believe anyone can heal and anyone can change. I am a person who has experienced a traumatic childhood, struggled with attachment challenges, suffered great loss, and walked my own complicated gender/queer journey. I believe all of these experiences inform my practice and how I can show up for you. As a white provider, I am committed to anti-oppressive practice. I attend training and engage in educational opportunities on anti-oppressive practice regularly. This will be ongoing work for me that I am deeply committed to.

At A Glance

  • Experience: 6 years of practice
  • Rate: $140 - 180/session

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