Kirk Shepard (he/him)

LPC, Group Facilitator

Dedicated to the ethics of relational care. I trust the natural cycles of life. Good mix of intuition, experience, and clinical skills.

Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

  • Free Initial Consultation
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Services
  • Individual
  • Couples
  • Adolescent/Teen
  • Group

About My Clients

I tend to work a lot with queer communities, creative professionals, and politically charged millennials.

My Background and Approach

Much of my work is anchored in working with relationships as the central skill, rather than any particular technique or tool. A lot of what drives my approach is from the framework of Relational- Cultural Theory (RCT). This is built on the premise that we need connections to flourish, and that isolation is a major source of suffering for people at both a personal and cultural level. I received my Masters degree in Community Counseling from Lewis & Clark's Graduate School. I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings and with a range of identities and experiences. This has taught me a particular humility in working with my clients. I have a speciality certification in Ecopsychology, which acknowledges human connection with other life. I am also a Certified Daring Way facilitator, which is based on Dr. Brené Brown's research of vulnerability and shame. I bring a deep curiosity to my work with individuals, couples, and groups.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe that connection is a primary source of motivation in our lives. Our strategies of avoidance, self-denial, and compulsive action are ways that we numb and cope with the pain of disconnection. I also wholeheartedly believe that it is essential to challenge the sociopolitical forces of disconnection that create significant pain for the most marginalized among us. Power imbalance and oppression are central to all my therapeutic understandings and interventions. I believe that relationships are embedded in culture and that the celebration of hyper independence (pull yourself up by the bootstraps) is a part of the denial that we are somehow separate. We have an essential need and core yearning to relate in growth-fostering ways with one another.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Out of Network

At A Glance

  • Experience: 6 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $85 - 120/session

Info

503-498-8102 Email Kirk
631 NE 102nd Ave #104
Keystone Commons
Portland, OR 97220

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