Clinical Social Worker / Therapist in Portland, OR

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Robin Friedman, LCSW, LLC, Counseling / Therapy | Portland OR & WA |

Robin Friedman, LCSW, LLC, Counseling / Therapy | Portland OR & WA | | Clinical Social Worker / Therapist photo
Psychotherapy for Making Lasting Positive Change!
Individual Therapy and EMDR. Get that you matter!
Portland Therapist

Finding a therapist and approach that is the right fit for you is a process that can be both rewarding and challenging. I offer both individual and group therapy, and I hope that the information on this site helps you in your search. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact me to schedule your FREE 15 minute phone consultation.

Are you…

…challenged by life changes or transitions?
…longing for more fulfilling relationships?
…experiencing creative blocks?
…finding the past is interfering in the present?
…feeling anxiety or depressive symptoms?
…dreaming of a new direction?
…stuck in outdated patterns or beliefs?
…are you looking good on the outside…
but struggling on the inside?

These challenges do not define who you are…
They are a step on the journey, informing you
that now is the time to get back on track.
With Skill, presence, respect and compassion, I am here to help you come back to center and move toward the life you truly want.

Discover the power of your authentic self.
Have more fun and fulfilling relationships.
Live a life of greater joy, inspiration and aliveness!

Past Client:

" You have taught me new skills to help me see myself and accept myself in a more caring and loving way. You have helped me to open my mind and my heart and my spirit to accept myself just as I am in this moment. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with me. You have touched my heart in a very special way."

From a former client who was having creative blocks and seeking personal empowerment: "I thoroughly enjoy my meetings with you. You have helped me learn so much about myself in the past few months. The tools and knowledge that you have given me, or helped me to discover, during our sessions, I use and think about all the time."
Practice Areas/Issues Treated
 Therapy  Grief and Loss
 Addiction  Group Therapy
 Anger Management  Life Transitions
 Anxiety and Panic  Loneliness
 Arts Therapy (Expressive)  Men's Issues
 Bicultural Difficulties  Relationship Issues
 Body Image Issues  Self-Esteem Issues
 Caregiver Issues  Stress Management
 Depression  Trauma and PTSD
 EMDR  Women's Issues
 Gay or Lesbian Issues  Work and Career Issues
 Gender Identity / Transgenderism
 EMDR Part 1 and 2 (EMDRIA)  Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
 Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW)
Formal Education:

I draw from many disciplines and personal life experience. My formal education includes receiving my bachelors degree in fine arts from Colorado State University and elementary teaching credential from University of California at San Diego, teaching elementary school for 9 years. I later went to massage school, and worked as a bodyworker for 6 years. During the later part of that time, I returned to University and earned Master of Social Work from the University of Utah. I completed certificate program in Person Centered Expressive Arts therapy and completed level 1 and 2 training in EMDR from EMDRIA. I also have attended many professional trainings and workshops over the years including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), trauma therapy, mindfulness based psychotherapy, and the 40 hour sexual assault crisis intervention training. I continue to frequently participate in conferences, workshops, classes and ongoing peer consultation to improve my skills and presence both personally and in my work with my clients.

Clinical Experience:

Private Practice Psychotherapy since 2006.
Supervisor for MSW interns and CSWA's since 2008.
Senior Therapist, Rape Recovery Center in Salt Lake City- 4.5 years.
Therapist, Cornerstone Counseling -3.5 years . (outpatient adult substance abuse treatment center).
Internship at the University of Utah Counseling Center-1 year.
I hope you find this information useful as you begin your transformational journey. Since 2000, I have enjoyed empowering people on their path of life changes, healing, wholeness, and personal growth. I have a passion for working in collaboration with others to help them move toward self-understanding, discover and express their truth and authenticity, and move through unresolved conflicts, beliefs, and past trauma, toward a life filled with greater joy and aliveness.

My practice is informed by my training, knowledge, and professional and clinical experience, along with my personal life journey. I bring reflection, honesty, presence, creativity, compassion, and spontaneity into our work together. Therapy is a process and can help calm the storm, allowing room for self discovery and positive change. Whether we are working short or long-term, we will allow each session to move in the direction needed at that time. Deciding to enter into therapy is a big step and takes courage. It is a unique relationship and therefore essential to create a safe and empowering environment that utilizes authenticity and honesty as pathways toward growth, trust, and self awareness.

Clients have found my style to be honest, accepting, respectful, spontaneous, intelligent, creative, and compassionate. You will always have full permission to be and express all of who you are. I work from a client-centered perspective and I believe each person is the has within them the ability to heal and is the expert on their own lives. My role is to collaborate with you on the journey of healing, self expression, and identifying and honoring your unique strengths. As your witness, I will offer my presence, insights, knowledge and deep listening, as well as provide you with experiences and skills aimed at assisting you in healing, growth, and living in alignment with your self-identified values.

Modalities may include:
Mindfulness and mind/body or somatic based approaches, alk therapy for inquiry and self exploration/life narratives, Expressive Arts Therapy (click here), Deep play and other creative, spontaneous, experiential modalities, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Transpersonal and Archetypal/Metaphoric/Symbolic Psychology, Feminist Multi-Cultural Perspective
American Mental Health Alliance-Oregon
Women's Therapy Project Northwest-Oregon
National Association of Social Workers
EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)
Association for Women in Psychology
Association for Contextual Behavioral Science
International Expressive Arts Therapy Association
Payments Accepted
Cash, Check, Insurance (in and out of network as your policy allows)
Free 15 minute phone consultation!
Helpful Links
1235 SE Division St. Suite 202B
PortlandOR 97202