We specialize in providing treatment for: Trauma, anxiety, depression, SUD's, LGBTQIA2S+ community members, and gender affirming care.

We all have experienced some trauma in our lives. Your suffering is valid and is welcome at Healing Tides Counseling. Experiences perceived as traumatic are unique to each individual; there is no objective definition of what can and can’t be considered traumatic. Often, trauma can lead to feelings of shame and judgement making it really difficult to talk about. Trauma can also be difficult to process and heal from because our bodies, doing the best they can to protect us from potential danger, trigger our nervous systems into “fight or flight” mode. Our bodies physically change when we experience trauma and the more often we experience trauma, the more that it is ingrained into our body and mind.


Healing Tides Counseling supports clients through the process of creating a safer container to focus on processing their trauma. When clients feel ready to process their trauma, a type of therapy called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) can be performed to support the natural healing process of your mind to heal from trauma.

Portland Therapist

"Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion."





I offer safe and supportive counseling for individual clients geared toward your specific needs and goals.




Having a safe space is important when working through life challenges together.


As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I offer supervision for Clinical Social Work Associates and Certified Drug Alcohol Counselors seeking licensure/certification. 


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 truly cares about the clients' well being. She offers a sliding scale. A lot of people that are affected by trauma most deeply are folks that can't afford the co-pay or expensive hourly rate. She makes it possible to get help.

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.   ...more