Portland area counseling services for a healthy mind, body and soul
Clinical Social Worker Associate ( A13594)
Coming December 5
I see individuals in the
following age ranges:
Persian Community allied
Addiction Recovery allied
Sex worker allied
Social justice allied
Transgender, nonbinary, genderfluid and gender nonconforming allied
People with disabilities
OHP Open Card
To Schedule an Appointment:
Contact our intake staff at:
971 270 0167
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
They may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Kelly Richardson, CSWA, CADCII, MFA (he/him)
Your path of healing and growth is very personal, and together we recognize you as the expert in your own experience. My clinical approach is warm, genuine and compassionate. I use a client-centered, trauma-informed and holistic practice to honor and bring forward your inherent wisdom and ability to heal. We may use mindfulness, cognitive therapy, Narrative, and Somatic therapies, among others. We consider the different influences in your life, from trauma, anxiety and depression, to family systems and social and institutional oppression. Together, we work toward your liberation and healing.
I was asked recently why I do this work. I want to share the gifts I received myself from therapy: understanding, warmth, compassion and new skills for living a joyful life.
I hold a Master of Social Work degree from Portland State University and a Master of Fine Art degree from San Francisco Art Institute. I am also a certified alcohol and drug counselor. My work is an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed and strengths-based practice. I draw from the Liberation Health model, Polyvagal theory, attachment theory and more. I integrate skills from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative therapy, Structural Family Therapy (SFT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Somatic Experiencing (SE). I enjoy working with LGBTQIA+ individuals, couples, throuples and families.
When not working you will find me playing and creating with my daughter, sharing time with my mom, making beats on that drum set, playing live shows with my band, traveling, and looking for the owner’s manual on “How-To-Be-Human on Planet Earth.”
Some specialty areas that I work in include:
Grief and Loss