Hello! My name is Silvana Espinoza (she/her/hers) and I am a bilingual (English and Spanish) licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Oregon. I have a MS in Psychology from CalPoly - San Luis Obispo, CA, and a Bachelors in Psychology from overseas. I work with individuals, groups, and couples from a systemic perspective. I have worked in residential and outpatient settings with individuals experiencing severe mental illness and personality disorders and also with struggling with adjusting to different life transitions. I have experience in non-violent communication, burnout, radical compassion, mindfulness, acculturation, 1st and 2nd generations, 3rd culture kids, intergenerational trauma, systemic oppression and racial issues. I base my practice in the use of attachment theory, systemic therapy, and ACT, and EFT, IFS, and the Gottman method when working with couples. I also use dreamwork when you want to embark on a deeper knowledge of yourself and align yourself to your values.
I work with individuals who experience anxiety, mood disorders, or PTSD due to their past trauma, issues with their family of origin, loss, and life transitions, and with couples and other non-traditional partnerships at every stage of their relationship.
At every stage of therapy I also focus on other problems that may be contributing to your stress, communication challenges, or the increase of your symptoms, such as struggles
with boundaries with others and yourself, feeling like you don't belong, and assertiveness. My approach is person-centered, experiential, and existential. I like to be a compassionate ally to my clients and support them in a non-judgmental fashion throughout their journeys. But I also like to set gentle but firm boundaries so that my clients can have a structured container where to feel safe, validated, and witnessed. I am LGBTQ
allied, sex worker allied, body positive allied, and social justice allied.