My name is Shanako DeVoll (she/her pronouns) and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor III (CADC III) in Portland, Oregon. I began my career in social work in 2004 as a substance abuse counselor. I 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 to 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 poly- 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: LGBTQI+, trauma, anxiety, mood disorders, non- religious spirituality, substance abuse, and long-term recovery/trauma work. I work with adults (ages 18+) and at-risk youth/those under guardianship of the state.