Naomi Painter (she/her/hers)

M.Ed., LPC intern

Many of us are unaware that we are carrying around the echoes of traumatic experiences in our lives. I can help.

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR
Supervised by Katrina Gould, LCSW

  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Contact
  • Individual
  • Couples
  • Group

About My Clients

Unacknowledged trauma can contribute to feeling ill a lot of the time, or compulsively collecting things in our homes, or end up making our career and relationship decisions for us. I have worked in case management for many years and am passionate about assisting those in helping professions, such as case managers, outreach workers, home visitors, and educators. I also co-facilitate a structured group called “Buried in Treasures” for people who find themselves overwhelmed by their possessions.

My Background and Approach

I am registered LPC intern training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, also called Somatic Therapy. The word “somatic” is derived from the Greek word “soma” which means living body. Somatic therapy is a holistic therapy that studies the relationship between the mind and body and works to unlock symptoms of trauma held in the body and brain that can be hard to reach in any other way. I also use methods from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and other holistic approaches, all with the goal of keeping our work focused on your specific goals and strengths. I give home practice assignments to help you build your confidence and strength in your skills. I have a Masters in Guidance and Counseling from Loyola University in Maryland, a CACREP accredited counseling program from which I graduated with honors in 2008, and a graduate certificate from Portland State University in Adult Education, so I'm acutely aware of how people learn, change, and grow.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I work to be an ally to all genders and sexual expressions: lesbian, gay, bisexual/pansexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, and the asexuality spectrum. All relationship styles are welcomed here, including open / polyamorous relationships. I have been very active in queer and poly local community, but choose not to be at this time to avoid dual relationship ethical issues. It is my especial pleasure to work with those in helping professions. As a longtime educator and social service worker, I know thathHelpers are told often to guard against “burnout,” the effect of witnessing the trauma their clients and students are going through, day in and day out, but having only a limited scope of influence to affect the situation. I would be honored to work with you to mitigate the effects of secondary trauma. I moved from England to the United States in 1991, and from Maryland to Portland in 2013. I enjoy knitting, dancing, collecting and maintaining way too many houseplants.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Out of Network
I have experience with the following
  • Agnosticism
  • Atheism
  • Judaism
  • Wicca/Paganism
  • Interfaith

At A Glance

  • Experience: 1 year of practice
  • Rate: $80 - 80/session


971-266-1618 Email Naomi
4531 SE Belmont Street
Suite 109
Portland, OR 97215

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