Maddison VanderHoff (she/her)


Maddison VanderHoff (she/her)

My name is Maddison VanderHoff (she/her); I am a white, cis-gendered woman, first generation college graduate, and grew up all over the country from rural Alaska to metropolitan Washington, D.C. I am a licensed clinical social worker (L8136) and a child mental health specialist in Portland, Oregon.

I earned a B.A. in psychology at the University of South Florida in 2008, where I worked in a psychological research lab studying affective disorders. I went on to complete a Master of Social Work degree at Portland State University in 2013, specializing in clinical social work.

I have been working in mental health since 2008, and have experience providing individual and group therapy for clients across the lifespan, with an especial fondness for working with families, and young folks who are transitioning into adulthood. I have provided treatment in a variety of settings including outpatient community mental health, medical clinics, school-based services, intensive-outpatient/partial hospitalization programs, and inpatient treatment. I have specialized training and experience helping people heal from complex trauma including attachment traumas and abuse that occurred in childhood, managing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and ADHD, and developing healthy and secure relationships. I have dedicated much of my career to serving under-resourced communities, including providing treatment for youth who have been sexually abused and who have struggled with sexual behavior problems; I have worked to educate and advocate for this population with community partners including the Juvenile Justice System.

I believe that we all have the inherent strength, wisdom, and capacity to move through our challenges and find happiness, but that systemic barriers, traumas, losses, and unresolved emotional pain may be preventing us from reaching our goals and achieving life satisfaction. I provide a therapeutic environment filled with warmth, compassion, and transparency to collaboratively work through these barriers. I value the vulnerability and bravery it requires to begin therapy and utilize trauma-informed practices to help clients build trust and comfort in the therapeutic relationship; I recognize that it is an honor and privilege to join with my clients on their journey of healing and self-discovery. I provide integrative psychotherapy informed by interpersonal neurobiology, and attachment theory.

I utilize evidence-based interventions including Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, mindfulness, narrative therapies and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I also incorporate creative therapies like art therapy, experiential therapy, and sensorimotor techniques. (I currently work with clients 18+)