Su Yim, MSW, LCSW
I am a respectful, transparent, nonjudgmental therapist experienced in working with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, substance misuse, and relationship struggles.
I help people learn to manage their emotions, have loving relationships with others, make decisions that fit their values, and understand why they do what they do.
I am a licensed clinical social worker in Oregon, which means I have earned a master's degree in social work, completed more than 3,500 hours employed in agencies, spent more than 2,000 hours working directly with individuals, and passed a national and state exam. I hold a master's degree in social work from Portland State University and a bachelor's in journalism from Northwestern University.
I've spent more than 20 years listening to people's stories as a journalist and as a mental health therapist. My work as a therapist over the last several years has only deepened my awe at the strengths and challenges that we all carry.
In working with you, I will listen carefully for the themes and patterns of your life that emerge through our dialogue. I do not believe that you are broken, or that I have "the fix." We are all affected by life transitions, whether they center around grief and loss, stressful joys like life after children, or moving into adult independence. I embrace our work together as a partnership. It's an opportunity for us to understand what's keeping you stuck, and how to move toward changing it.
My experience includes work in community mental health, medical, crisis line, and university settings. I have additional post-graduate training in EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, substance addiction, and trauma-informed treatment. I enjoy using mindfulness in session when appropriate and also have completed the required hours to become a certified alcohol and drug counselor. I am LGBTQ affirming.
I work from a strengths-based perspective, which means I believe that we all have inherent value and capabilities. I use attachment theory with the full-hearted belief that we can change how we walk through this world with intentional effort and a willingness to be vulnerable in a safe space.