Katie Koehler Esser
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I see individuals in the
following age ranges:

  • Children (8 and up)

  • Preteens

  • Teens

  • Adults

  • Seniors (65+)

Communities Supported:


  • Tweens, teens & young adults

Insurances accepted:

  • Aetna

  • Cigna

  • Crime Victims Fund

  • Moda

  • OHP Open Card

  • OHP Trillium

  • OHP Pacificsource

  • Pacificsource

  • Pacificsource Medicaid

  • Providence

To Schedule an Appointment:


Email our intake staff at: 


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I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing person-centered therapy to individuals seeking support. I was born and raised in Oregon and love it here. I received my undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from Oregon State University. I have a Master's in Social Work (MSW) from Eastern Washington University. I have over 10 years experience working with adults, children and families in a variety of settings, including Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education, providing home visiting support and therapy at a Relief Nursery, and in medical clinics serving adults and children. Prior to joining Health Allies, I worked as a Behavioral Health Consultant for a pediatric clinic, providing in-the-moment behavioral health support, short-term and ongoing therapy, as well as care management follow up and helping families access resources. 

I see the relationship between client and therapist as the most important aspect of the therapy process and always come to session as my authentic self. I join people where they are and partner with them in their healing journey. I use a strengths-based approach to help individuals recognize and build upon strengths, as well as identify self-limiting beliefs and patterns and help them break through these limits to create the life they want to live. I firmly believe that every individual is doing the best they can. I know how difficult it can be to reach out for help and I consider it an honor when clients choose to work with me. 


I have experience and training around child abuse, domestic violence, Collaborative Problem Solving, mindfulness, trauma-informed yoga, therapy with adoptive and foster youth, among other areas. I continually engage in training to ensure that I have the best tools to help my clients. 


Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and exploring the outdoors. I love going to the coast, camping, and hiking. My dogs, Penny and Bumpers, join me on my outdoor adventures. At home you will find me cooking, doing yoga, drinking tea, or curled up reading a good novel with my dogs and my two cats. Or, if the weather allows, I'll be reading in my hammock! I like exploring creative outlets and have started dabbling in art journaling lately.


I work with individuals on a variety of issues, including:



  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Transition to adulthood

  • Self-esteem 

  • Domestic violence

  • Blended families

  • Parenting 

  • Trauma

  • Stress management and coping




Special Projects and Interests:

  • Katie has special interest in working with tweens, teens, young adults and LGBTQIA+ clients.


"Connection is the energy that is created between people
when they feel seen, heard, and valued-- when they can
give and receive without judgement."  Brené Brow