Norma Nance (she/her)

Accepting Clients

I'm Norma! I'm love helping BIPOC feel empowered as their authentic self, build better relationships, and feel at ease with sexuality.

Associate Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR
Supervised by Helen Zweibel, LCSW & Dr. Karlaina Brooke, PsyD

About My Clients

While I’ve worked with clients from all different kinds of communities, I’m particularly passionate about supporting people who are working through sexual shame, navigating ethical non-monogamy, and those who identify as queer/BIPOC. I believe that community is at the core of our being. Despite that, relationships (platonic, romantic, or otherwise) are complicated. Navigating challenges that arise and staying curious can allow you to find ways to heal and discover your truth.

My Background and Approach

Cultivating a relationship built on trust with the people I collaborate with is something I value deeply. Having the ability to trust your therapist allows you to bring more of your true self to the table, which directly affects the quality of the work we’ll do together. I’ll work with you to build a mutual and trusting relationship, because a therapeutic relationship models relationships out in the world. Because pain and trauma are realities of our world, our past selves often inform our present relationships, even when we don’t want them to. Together we’ll work to help you understand and identify what parts of yourself show up in your life today. We’ll unpack your history and upbringing to discern how they’re potentially impacting your current relationships. Generally, my style of work is a mixture of collaborating with clients, while also challenging them to dig deeper. But above all, I approach my clients with gentleness, compassion, and I will always keep our focus on healing.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I was raised in a conservative Christian environment where sex, sexuality, and gender were defined by my religion. This in turn created internalized feelings of shame about who I was. Since then, I’ve done a lot of educating and relearning to shape my identity into who I am today. As a black, brown, and queer woman, my identities inform my work and the way I show up for my clients and community.

I offer online counseling in the following states:

At A Glance

  • Experience: 4 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $165 - 165/session

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