Yael Kievsky, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
*Limited Openings & Waitlist (Couples, Families)*
I’m a bilingual, Latinx counselor rooted in anti-oppression and liberatory practice. I see therapy as a place for you to explore and reclaim your power, understanding our troubles do not exist in isolation but within social systems with profound impact on our mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing. In the exploration of this impact, therapy can be a form of resistance by returning to us parts of ourselves which social oppressions have eroded or disowned.
I am dedicated to working with folks seeking an empowered and transformative experience of therapy. My style is engaged, oftentimes directive, or humorous, and always tender and reverent of all of who you are. I offer a vigorous container for our work to take shape in celebration of your strengths while tending with care to pain and challenges. I am LGBTQIA-allied, kink-allied, sex positive, trans affirming, anti-ableist (with a disability justice and neurodiversity informed lens), and explicitly anti racist in my therapeutic work.
“Liberated relationships are one of the ways we actually create abundant justice, the understanding that there is enough attention, care, resource, and connection for all of us to access belonging, to be in our dignity, and to be safe in community.”
― adrienne maree brown
I have a Master’s degree in clinical counseling psychology with a specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy, as well as working with couples and families. I practice primarily as a narrative therapist, influenced by relational and attachment approaches as well as Internal Family Systems, feminist psychotherapy, and existential and transpersonal approaches, and an intergenerational/systemic lens. I am trained in the expressive arts, specifically for working with trauma, and draw strongly from interpersonal neurobiology and somatics. The arts provide us with a wealth of tools for embodied nervous system regulation, as well as can help us leverage our strengths (individual and cultural) for accessing new meaning making and resilience.
I have completed certificate-level training in EFT for working with couples and families, and blend this with an arts based approach. This doesn’t mean we have to “do” art together; it means that my lens will be attentive to the symbols, metaphors or gestures that come up in our work, in order to bolster an exploration of your story that is expansive from many angles.
I also have continued trainings in restorative justice, from which I draw a community wellness ethos that is present in all of my work.
All of my approaches consider the expression of identity in relation to historical and social processes, and will focus on offering you support and celebrations at each step of the way.
Currently I am part of Second Growth’s partnership with Rahab’s Sisters where I provide community group support based on a radical hospitality model. As an educator I am adjunct professor in a graduate clinical program, and am core faculty at a continuing education institute training licensed clinicians on the use of the expressive arts. I remain inspired by participating in the mental health field in a variety of roles, with an ongoing commitment to promote transformative and decolonizing practice.
Childhood or family of origin trauma
Grief and loss
PTSD and complex trauma
Existential or spiritual shifts
Experiences living under capitalism
Immigration experience and trauma
Health Share (CareOregon) OHP
Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
Supervisor: Kelly Grace, LMFT
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