Erin Copley, LCSW
I was drawn to social work because I found that I couldn't separate my personal beliefs from my career and stay authentic. Clinical social work allows me to constantly challenge my own assumptions about privilege, identity and norms. I run a strongly feminist shop and believe that we are all harmed by patriarchy and its silly rules.
I've lived many places (military brat with a thirst for travel) but I always find myself back near family in Oregon. I started social work with Americorps when I volunteered with a domestic violence shelter in Bend ages ago. I realized that to truly help people, I needed more education; I moved to Portland to attend PSU for grad school and have worked in Portland for the past 15 years.
In therapy, I use humor and metaphor and ensure that my office is a judgement free zone so that we can really dig into the story of your life. I cuss a lot because sometimes the proper emphasis on how sh***y things can be is important! I use an eclectic mix of therapies, including cognitive behavioral, narrative and mindfulness therapy and I add skills from other areas regularly. I empower individuals to determine their own goals for therapy and work towards those goals by taking concrete steps while I help them process the emotional aspect of any change.
In my off time, I volunteer with environmental causes (because it's all tied up together and sometimes just cleaning up trash or planting a tree can re-invigorate my drive to help humans) and regularly teach kids about emotional regulation and their brains. I love teaching people about the biology behind trauma and anxiety- knowledge is powerful!
I really love this work and I take good care of myself to ensure that I can show up fully for you. I participate in peer support, continuing education and, yes, have my own kickass therapist.
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