Leah Gregory (they/them)

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Leah Gregory (they/them)

My name is Leah Gregory, LPC (they/them); I am white, genderqueer, and I grew up in the southern U.S. with a large extended family. As a licensed professional counselor (#C5477) in Portland, Oregon, I make myself available as a compassionate, stable healing space and a testing place for your new behaviors. I offer brain, self, and relationship psychoeducation for both empowerment and relief from shame, helping you turn toward accountability and connection.

Is it safe to be vulnerable or connect? How do I know? Should I feel ashamed of myself or my choices? How will I know? Can I control my behavior? How? Why am I struggling? What can I do about it? Explicitly and implicitly, clients and I tackle these questions together, and make a solid base to move forward from. Our work focuses on helping you experience emotional safety, have healing relationships, and make choices with intention, but because this can be a struggle within our systems of oppression, our time together will always include intersectional awareness and context. I continually strive to be explicitly anti-racist and use power sharings.

I’ve been in Oregon for over thirty years now and graduated Southern Oregon University with a BS in Biology in 2002. I earned an MS in Counselor Education in 2016 from Portland State University. I have been trained to work with couples and families, in crisis response, trauma informed care, and adoptive and foster family dynamics. I have worked at a crisis support line, at a community agency where I supported folks in early and sustained recovery from substance use, and in private practice, primarily with queer and trans community members.

My clinical approach is informed by interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory with a social justice oriented and eco-therapeutic approach, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, intersectional feminism, Narrative Exposure Therapy, and solution focused therapy.

I have experience and strength in these areas: queer and trans experience, gender transition, trauma recovery, substance use recovery, cross-cultural work, life transitions, and developing healthy relationships. I am comfortable and competent with family structures that may look unusual to others, and with polyam and kink dynamics. I work with adults (ages 18 and older).