CJ Risman (they/them)

MSW Candidate, Clinical Social Work Intern
Accepting Clients

CJ is a queer social work intern interested in collaborative and affirming care that is personal, political, and communal.

Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA
Supervised by Marie Loeb, MSW, LICSW, LMHC, LCSW, CMHS, DMHS

  • Individual
  • Couples
  • Family
  • Adolescent/Teen

About My Clients

I work with adolescents 13+ and adults of all ages on a sliding scale basis. I am particularly drawn to working within the queer community and with anyone who does not feel they fit in with dominant norms or expectations—I believe everyone is the expert in their own lived experience and deserves to be met with validation and care. I help individuals navigate identity and relationships, life transitions, gender and sexuality, anxiety, depression, trauma, family of origin conflict, and disability.

My Background and Approach

My approach is collaborative and person-centered, within a social rather than a medical model. In other words, I seek to empower each individual to create a therapeutic space that works for them and their unique needs, while also exploring the broader ways our culture and society impact how we view ourselves and our mental health. I have experience working in crisis counseling for LGBTQIA+ youth, harm reduction in queer nightlife settings, mutual aid community organizing, and wealth redistribution. From this comes a focus on both individual and collective well-being, through spaces where individuals can just be present with themselves while also finding connection and acceptance. My practice similarly aims to create a safe space for existing, exploring, and expressing oneself through narrative and somatic work. This work can take many shapes and forms and only requires a willingness to show up as yourself.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe both trauma and healing are individual as well as collective. As such, it is important to explore not only our own beliefs, values, and experiences but also the ways these are shaped and impacted by living under white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, and capitalism. By better understanding the effects of collective trauma and oppression, we might invite in more kindness and compassion for ourselves and others as we seek to make changes in our day-to-day lives. I am interested in fostering community within the therapeutic space by connecting first and foremost as humans and equals. I believe there is no right or wrong way to "do therapy" -- humor, movement, play, uncertainty, discomfort, tension, and joy are all potential tools for exploration and I am here to follow your lead as well as offer ideas when you feel stuck. Just like any other relationship, we'll collaborate to build trust and set boundaries and expectations together. Shoot me a message to learn more about how I work!

I offer online counseling in the following states:

At A Glance

  • Experience: Less than a year
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $75/session


Email CJ
4500 9th Ave NE Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98105

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