Emily Thomas

M.A., LPC-Intern, NCC

Emily Thomas

M.A., LPC-Intern, NCC

Telehealth Available
Professions: Counselor
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision. Supervisor: Laurie Bloomquist, PhD, LPC
Primary Credential: LPC- Registered Intern
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: Finding the right counselor for you is an important part of the therapy process. To help you know if we will work well together I offer an initial phone or in-person consultation free of charge. Reach out to me via phone, or email and we can start the process together.

I do not accept insurance; however, we are set up to take FSAHSA cards.
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability

Offices

511 SW 10th Ave
Suite 905
Portland, Oregon 97205

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My Approach to Helping

Sometimes as human beings, we feel the need to segregate parts of ourselves to make others or our environments safer and more comfortable. At work, we may let our structured, formal-self show, while pushing away our sensitivity and personal identity. In our community, we may feel comfortable to express our sexuality, but hide our spirituality for fear of rejection. The result is a fragmented human, with nowhere to be fully alive, to be entirely you.

When I approach therapy, all parts of people belong, even the ones that seem completely contradictory. My job is walking with you through a path where the destination is blurry. We may explore old side trails, acknowledging how the past forms who you are, but also how it might no longer serve you. I help people as they gain their own awareness, discover both who they are and who they want to be, become integrated, and begin to see how to live authentically. All the while, striving to create a supportive therapeutic relationship where people feel safe to explore new paths as well, and know that they belong, no matter who they are. When their destination is clear, I step aside, knowing they are capable without me, and I will always remain to cheer them on.

I use an adaptable approach to fit every client and the unique human being that they are. Sometimes this includes art or movement, writing or speaking, exploring or resting, process or content, and it almost always includes humor.

More Info About My Practice

My entire group practice is LGBTQ+ affirming. You are welcome here.

I specialize in the integration of LGBTQ and spirituality. This may include someone in a religious family coming out, maintaining both your faith and sexuality identity (there is room for both), or something else related to these two issues.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Anxiety
Depression
Life Transitions
Young Adults
Getting un-stuck
LGBTQ +
Spirituality
Integration of SexualityGender Identity with Spirituality
Relationship Issues
Somatic Experiences Body Symptoms
Personal Growth

Had a Negative Therapy Experience?

Have you had a negative therapy experience? ME TOO. Therapy is a vulnerable and brave step to take, and we all need help sometimes. However, it can be really damaging to encounter a therapist who is pushy, who doesn't listen to us or even makes us uncomfortable. I value the feedback of my clients, even just potential clients on how to make therapy work for them. There is no one way to do therapy right, but there are many ways to do it wrong. I value my client's experience as well as make an open dialogue a priority, so hopefully, you will not have a negative experience again.

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Services I Provide

  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    - LGBTQ
    - Young Adults
    - Those in life transitions
    - Those "stuck"

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Perfectionism
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Process Oriented Psychology
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