Shanako Devoll (she/they)

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Shanako Devoll (she/they)

I'm a white, gender non-confirming, queer person who grew up in the Portland area. I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)  in Portland, Oregon. I began my career in social work in 2004 as a substance abuse counselor and earned my undergraduate degree in social work from Concordia University in 2013 and my master’s degree in social work (MSW) from Portland State University in 2014 with an emphasis in mental health.

I value creating a safe and supportive space in my practice for my clients to work toward their therapeutic goals. I believe strongly that the best outcomes in therapy stem from a collaborative relationship between the client and therapist. You are the expert of your life. As we work together, it is my privilege to support you through the change process by helping you identify your own goals and solutions that are tailored to your circumstances and needs. It is through this collaboration that my clients build and retain their autonomy.

My approach is person-centered and trauma informed. I use Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and mindfulness. I incorporate body and sex positivity and I am also polyam- and kink-affirming. I value the importance of engaging with my clients through an intersectional lens and with cultural humility; Intersectionality and humility are essential to creating a safe, therapeutic environment. I provide gender-affirming care based on the Informed Consent for Access to Trans Health (ICATH) model and World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) standards of care.

Some of my areas of specialty include: LGBTQIA2S+, trauma, anxiety, mood disorders, non- religious spirituality, substance abuse, and long-term recovery/trauma work. I work with adults 18+.

"Shanako is an incredibly genuine human who truly wants to help people. I had a gender consult with Shanako and I felt so heard and supported in my goals. She has created  an LGBTQI+  safe space and I appreciate Healing Tides Counseling so much."

"Shanako’s presence is filled with warmth, genuine caring and authentic empathy with curiosity of possibilities. Her commitment to client centered approach, anti-oppressive practice and social justice makes her an excellent therapist and advocate. I feel seen, heard, and unconditionally accepted by our work together."