They would say that they have experienced feeling felt during times of emotional distress, heard during times of difficult change, supported as exploring ways to change and cared for from a place of unconditional regard, they also report that they have seen effective results that have helped them to change their lives for the better.
Clients say that I am attuned, empathic and able to create a safe environment that allows them to explore ambivalence around hard decisions when it comes to making changes.
The most important aspect that client say about the work we do together is my ability to bring body, mind, thoughts and emotions to their attention during sessions, helping them to understand when they are connected or disconnected to themselves, others and their relationship with their surroundings.
This allows a client to start learn new ways to use their body's intelligence to empower to do something different.
As a society, we are taught that we should just be able to “get over” mental health symptoms, loss, or unhealthy relationships -- with ourselves and others. It takes tremendous courage to look into yourself, acknowledging your anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, work difficulties and other challenges. There is no wrong way to heal, and you deserve a therapist who discovers, honors, and guides your unique journey toward wholeness.
“A true warrior walks towards fear.” White Bison
You would be surprised at the courage and strength it takes to walk towards trauma, loss, grief or other mental health challenges that impact your ability to live life to its fullest potential. Mental health support is a collaboration of intelligence, science, love and creativity, as well as an opportunity to build the necessary skills and tools to walk towards foundational change.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I see my clients through a lens of empowerment, social justice and trauma-informed care. Rather than seeing what is “wrong” with you, I am inspired by your story, genuinely interested in who you are, how you see yourself, how your life has been shaped by your family, your environment, your financial circumstances, your ethnic background, your gender, your sexual orientation, and your health.
Together we will explore how life experiences have shaped your beliefs and behaviors, impacting your ability to thrive and live life on life’s terms. Your life challenges and successes give you unique strengths that we will make good use of in our work together.
As a mental health provider and drug and alcohol counselor, I have worked extensively with:
I am also in recovery from alcohol use disorder, coming from a lens of lived experience. I have benefited from support, healthy relationships, and doing my own therapy. I know this road, both professionally, and personally. I can help you navigate it with expertise, kindness and strength and success. If your goal is abstaining, medication support or just cutting down on substance use, , I can help you find effective ways to cope with trauma and loss without turning to substance use.
If you are seeking someone who is comfortable working with all sorts of people, I welcome:
I am comfortable working with all races, gender expressions, including non-binary genders, sexual orientations and expressions, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. I also welcome transgender populations, including those experiencing transgender process affirmations within their medical community.
I come for a diverse background with a vast amount of clinical experience:
Because I have been there, I know the courage it takes to walk into my office, sit down with me, and begin to tell your story. I am deeply honored by your first step of trust, and strive to be worthy of your trust in every interaction we have. If you are looking for a compassionate inspiring mental health therapist that is goal and result oriented, please contact Counseling Services of Portland today and make an appointment with me so we can work together to create a life worth living.
Resources I Love to Share with Clients
Some of my favorite books include:
Websites and Articles You May Find Helpful
Daren Ford LCSW Resume
Addiction Medical Social Worker Oregon Health and Science University Hospital - 2015 to Present for Improving Addiction Care Team, Oregon Health and Science University Hospital
Faculty Portland State University School - 2014 to Present of Social Work
Licensed Clinical Social Worker Oregon Health and Science University Family Medicine - Portland, OR - 2013 to Present Portland, Oregon
Training and Program Specialist, Oregon Health Science University Department of Addiction Technology Transfer Center - 2014 to 2015 Network
Mental Health Therapist Sea Mar - Washougal, WA - 2012 to 2013
Mental Health Therapist Native American Rehabilitation Association of Northwest, Inc - Portland, OR - 2008 to 2012
Special Education Teacher Serendipity Center - Portland, OR - 2003 to 2007
Licensure and Certification