Clinical Social Worker Associate
I see individuals in the
following age ranges:
Sex worker allied
Social justice allied
Racial justice allied
Transgender, nonbinary, genderfluid and gender nonconforming allied
Health at Every Size informed/body positivity
People with disabilities
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“I look up to you because I love the heavenly
bodies of the universe,and the way I see it,
your heart is a planet. your heart is factuallya part of the universe, which is a miracle of endless force and boundless beauty. There is literally no way that you are not part of that. Despair can force you to turn your eyes away from this fact, but it is the real truth and it will be waiting to be with you when you are free enough to turn back to it. Your heart is a planet. I can see that you are from the sky.”
- Jenny Slate, Little Weirds
Katie West, CSWA, they/them
I am a white, nonbinary, queer, neurodivergent, anti-war veteran, therapist and human living in this messy and delightful world with a steadfast belief that relationship is the most magical part of it all. You do not have to move through this complex existence alone; I am here for all of the bits that make up who you are, and I am excited to celebrate you and your growth.
I am a liberation-focused therapist who is stoked to support you in your healing. Together we can co-create a safe space of curiosity and self-compassion. Here, we find opportunities to identify and understand the origins of and what triggers the patterns, beliefs, thoughts, and behaviors that don’t serve you. I am inspired by our inherent connectedness and its profound power to make individual, familial, communal, societal, and earthly changes towards a world with a lot more love and belonging. I am honored to hold this collaborative space for adults of all ethnicities/races, genders, sexual orientations, shapes and sizes, abilities, nationalities, and occupations.
My therapeutic approach is anti-racist, person-centered, trauma-informed, and strengths-based. We will work together to explore your struggles, and incorporate techniques that are a good fit for you and your needs. All you need to bring is your whole self: we’ll collaborate to find what works to help you embody the healing you are seeking. I am experienced in and enjoy working with the LGBTQIA2S+ community, neurodivergent folx, people who are have previously spent time in the legal-system, individuals living with chronic pain and illness, and those healing from trauma, narcissistic abuse, domestic and intimate partner violence, and grief and loss.
My practice is largely informed by interpersonal neurobiology and attachment, humanistic, system, and existential theories. I integrate techniques from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion-focused therapy (CFT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), narrative therapy and somatic experiencing.
Growing up on the traditional, unceded land of the Stillaguamish, Coast Salish and Suquamish people, I spent a lot of time playing a lot of basketball, feeling a lot of feelings, and petting a lot of cats. After some time in the military, I moved from Oklahoma to the central coast of California where I completed my BA in Psychology in 2015. Eventually, I planted my roots in Portland, fell in love with a pug, and earned a graduate degree in Social Work at Portland State University in 2021.
I acknowledge that I am living and practicing on the unceded lands of the Multnomah, Cathlamet, Clackamas, Tualatin, Kalapuya, Molalla, bands of the Chinook, and many other Tribes from this region. I recognize that I have a duty to engage in relationships - in therapy, communally, and otherwise - with cultural humility and respect for the sacredness of this land. As a guest on these lands, I respect the work of Native Nations, leaders, and families and I make ongoing efforts to center Indigenous knowledge, creativity, and resistance.
When I’m not working, I’m often camping, kayaking, hiking, gardening, playing with my dogs, telling my dogs how perfect they are, and wishing I could be a dog.