About Us

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My name is 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) 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: LGBTQIA2S+, trauma, anxiety, mood disorders, non- religious spirituality, substance abuse, and long-term recovery/trauma work. I work with adults (ages 18+).

I'm Kian Kolahi (He/Him) I'm of Middle Eastern decent. I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW#, L10468) in Portland, OR. I have a master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in mental health. I also has a love for science and obtained a Master of Science in Chemistry (MSC) from California State University of Long Beach.  I've been practicing in Portland, OR for the past 5 years working with people in community mental health who are living with severe and persistent mental illness, substance use disorders, and co-morbidities. I'm passionate about working with people who are experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, or who are at the end of their life cycle. I offers psychedelic harm reduction and integration-oriented sessions as well. (Please note: I do not offer psychedelics, psychedelic assisted therapies, or refer to guides)

During our work together, I will strive to provide a safe environment to allow you to explore and evolve wherever you may be in your life cycle.  Empathy, kindness, and safety are foundations in my practice.  I believe in building self-awareness and empowering the active nature of human beings to self-actualize. My approach with clients encourages creativity, solidifies individual values, and emphasizes personal worth. Cultural sensitivity and a trauma informed lens is also paramount in my approach.”

 

The principle of my practice is based in Humanistic Existential philosophies, I also employ an eclectic use of western and eastern philosophies. I’m well versed in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Gestalt therapy, trauma informed therapy and meditation practices.  I am an advocate of psychedelic harm reduction and integration techniques. 

 

Some areas of speciality include:  terminal illness and end of life, grief and loss, psycho-education, psychedelic harm reduction and integration, men experiencing: anxiety, depression, self-actualization, or life transitions, substance use and abuse and non-religious spirituality. I work with folks age (18+ adults) 

 

 

 

Testimonials

"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. Shanako also has extensive years of experience working with marginalized communities and people in recovery. She is smart, insightful, funny, open, collaborative and a great listener. It has been a privileged working with Shanako.  I feel seen, heard, and unconditionally accepted by our work together. This process with Shanako is life changing and a heartfelt source of healing."