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Joby Mahto, LCSW

Joby Mahto LCSW Family Ties Counseling Center


My path to becoming a therapist has been far from linear, but I always knew that I would end up doing this work that I find so rewarding and inspiring. I utilize my life experiences to inform my practice in a way that is authentic, real, and humble. I believe you are the “expert” in the room and see myself in the role of helping you uncover the answers you are seeking and removing barriers to achieve your goals.

As a therapist, I believe the most important component is developing a safe and secure relationship with my client. It is from this place of trust that true and meaningful work can begin. I consider it a privilege to join my clients in approaching problems and issues with a strong sense of curiosity and openness.


I hold a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Portland State University and a License in Clinical Social Work from the state of Oregon. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from University to Southern Maine. I engage in ongoing training and consultation in narrative therapy, play therapy, and parenting practices including Collaborative Problem Solving.


Born and raised in the Northeast, as an adult I sought out more temperate climates and eventually I found my way to Portland. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my two boys and my husband.  I can often be found working on some creative project, getting my hands dirty, and getting lost in the process.  As a family, we enjoy finding new places to eat and new areas to explore.  

Specialties & Areas of Focus

  • Child and Family Therapy
  • Parenting
  • Attachment Issues
  • Transgender Youth & Families
  • Teens
  • Trauma recovery / PTSD
  • Mood disorders (Depression/Anxiety)

My qualifications include:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Masters in Social Work from Portland State University
  • B.A. in Studio Art from University of Southern Maine

If my approach sounds appealing to you,

you can set up an initial appointment with me:

call: 503-349-2281


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