Olivia Pennelle, CSWA

Hi! I’m glad you’re here. My name is Olivia, although most people call me Liv. While my title is a therapist, I see my role as a co-collaborator, and it’s an honor. In my work I strive to provide support and problem solve in a trauma-informed and strengths-based way. Central to my approach is a focus on self-empowerment, autonomy, and self-direction. What that means is, I believe that we are all experts in our own lives and the therapeutic process should collaboratively strengthen and bring to the surface the skills and inner strength to harness our innate wisdom and strength. As a therapist associate, and fellow human, I am not an expert on what is best for you, but I can help you figure it out.

 

I hold a master’s in social work and am a clinical social work associate. Since graduating in 2023, I’ve continued my education, incorporating DBT, ACT, and most recently I completed an EMDR training through an EMDRIA-approved program.

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“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

– Maya Angelou

I love working with neurodivergent, LGBTQIA+ folks, and anyone feeling like they need to carve out space for their identity. I particularly enjoy working with teens navigating their identity and/or neurodivergence, in affirming, strengths-based, and practical ways. That might be developing ND-friendly communication strategies, supporting parents to implement these ideas, and finding sensory relief in a very bright and loud world.

I also love helping people problem solve and navigate challenges relating to substance use, using a harm reduction approach. I believe that individuals recovering from any mental health disorder deserve to choose a recovery goal — and a pathway to get there — that leads to expansion not pathologization. I can support individuals who need help choosing the right pathway for them, folks confused about what mental health support looks like, and people who struggle navigating whether abstinence or harm reduction is right for them. I also support individuals who are in recovery and wonder what life after 12-step recovery looks like (because it does exist as its own valid pathway).

As a person who lives in a larger body and navigates multiple disabilities and identities, I actively support HAES, disability justice, and making the world a more inclusive place for people like us to take up the space we deserve.

Specialities

LGBTQIA+

Health at Every Size care

Anxiety

Depression

Stress

Work-related stress

Grief

Trauma

Burnout

Career Transition

Life changes and transitions

Identity formation and development

Neurodiversity

Autism and neurodivergence

Substance use

Addiction

Living under capitalism

Chronic illness, pain, or disability

Disability Justice

Insurance

PacificSource (commercial)

Health Share (CareOregon) OHP

Trillium OHP

Aetna

Populations

Older Teens (15+)

Adults

Credentials

Clinical Social Work Associate (CSWA)

Pronouns

She/her

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