Kian Kolahi (he/him)
I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW#, L10468) of Middle Eastern descent in Portland, OR, with a master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in mental health. I also have a love for science and obtained a Master of Science in Chemistry (MSC) from California State University of Long Beach.
I've been practicing in Portland, OR, for the past five years, working with people in community mental health who are living with severe and persistent mental illness, substance use disorders, and co-morbidities. I'm passionate about working with people who are experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, or who are at the end of their life cycle. I offer psychedelic harm reduction and integration-oriented sessions as well. (Please note: I do not offer psychedelics, psychedelic assisted therapies, or refer to guides)
During our work together, I will strive to provide a safe environment to allow you to explore and evolve wherever you may be in your life cycle. Empathy, kindness, and safety are foundations in my practice. I believe in building self-awareness and empowering the active nature of human beings to self-actualize. My approach with clients encourages creativity, solidifies individual values, and emphasizes personal worth. Cultural sensitivity and a trauma-informed lens is also paramount in my approach.
The principle of my practice is based in Humanistic Existential philosophies, I also employ an eclectic use of western and eastern philosophies. I’m well versed in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Gestalt therapy, trauma-informed therapy and meditation practices. I am an advocate of psychedelic harm reduction and integration techniques.
Some areas of speciality include: terminal illness and end of life, grief and loss, psycho-education, psychedelic harm reduction and integration, men experiencing: anxiety, depression, self-actualization, or life transitions, substance use and abuse, and non-religious spirituality. I work with adults 18+.
"Kian has experience working with people from many walks of life and meets you where you are in your healing journey. Kian is a holistic practitioner who approaches therapy with a psychoeducational and person centered approach. He has a science background and takes the time to research alternative therapies to suit his clients needs, and he doesn’t shy away from exploring existential themes in sessions. Most importantly, Kian brings genuine warmth, authenticity and creativity to his practice."