Kristin Mathes, LCSW
Clinical Mental Health
Kristin holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Social Work from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. She received her Master's Degree in Social Work from Portland State University and holds a License in Clinical Social Work in the State of Oregon. Much of her therapeutic practice is inspired by her time spent as a Wilderness Therapist guiding clients through the backcountry of Central Oregon learning about how so much of our present day activities disconnect us from ourselves, our bodies, and each other. Kristin believes as human beings we share a deep desire for belonging – that is to feel both understood and accepted. Her clinical work puts relationship and connection at the core of all healing. She believes that much of our emotional and physical health issues arise from a disconnection, whether that disconnect is within our own body or within the relationships in our lives. Together, you'll explore shame- the driver of disconnection. Kristin is passionate about healing shame, trauma, and helping her clients (re)discover a sense of belonging within themselves.
Kristin is trained with a Social Systems lens, meaning she approaches her clients with a deeper understanding of the complex systems that interact with our shame and sense of self. Kristin’s “bottom up” approach to healing involves digging deeper into the roots of our pain. Her technique goes beyond traditional talk therapy to better understand symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Kristin utilizes Brainspotting, Somatic Experiencing, HeartMath, and Trauma Sensitive Yoga to help individuals find relief at neurophysiological level. Her goal is to help her clients build capacity for emotional regulation and resilience, while continuing to offer curiosity and compassion along the journey.
Featured in 2022 New York Times article:
"Why 1,320 Therapists Are Worried About Mental Health in America Right Now"
Licensing and Credentials
Oregon State Board License In Clinical Social Work : L10773
Brainspotting 1& 2 Trained
LENS Neurofeedback Certified
Heart Math Trained
Trauma Center - Trauma Sensitive Yoga Certified
Masters Degree In Social Work from Portland State University
Wilderness First Responder Certified (2021)