Caroline Paddock

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Pronouns: She/Her

Therapeutic Style: Accepting, Compassionate, and Effective

Works with:

  • Child/Family
  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Adult Families

Who I am as a Therapist


Our lives are complex and sometimes chaotic in today’s fast-paced and highly technological world. Life can be challenging, stressful, intense, overwhelming, and at times lonely. Therapy is an opportunity for self-care – for you to take a moment to slow down, look at your life and challenges differently, and find new solutions to old and painful problems. In our work together, you will have the opportunity to develop new perspectives. You will have support for identifying your own innate strengths and help uncovering triggers that derail your good intentions. We will build on your strengths and find new tools to address your struggles. I will provide a safe, supportive, and nonjudgmental relationship based on mutual respect, guided by your challenges and our respective experiences. I will listen carefully to your needs and meet you where you are. I will speak the truth, when called for, and always with kindness. I will provide gentle reflections, practical strategies, and information and education based on recent research.


I had several careers before becoming a therapist five years ago, including being a parent. I am passionate about the work that I do now and my personal experiences and journey have shaped my therapeutic style. I have experience and skills with special needs children and their families that allow me to focus on the unique needs and abilities of the child and the strengths of the family. People’s minds and bodies are deeply connected and I will address both in our work together. As a therapist I am committed to walking with you to the next destination on the path to growth.

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

– Mary Oliver from The Summer Day

Specialty Areas

Mental Health Challenges 

  • ADHD
  • Adoption & Foster
  • Aging
  • Anxiety (General, Panic, Phobias)
  • Attachment & Relational Challenges
  • Behavioral Challenges in Children
  • Blended Family
  • Chronic Illness
  • Consensually Non-Monogamous Relationships
  • Cultural & Systemic Oppression
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Learning Disorders
  • Life Transitions
  • Neurodiversity
  • Parenting
  • Trauma Recovery (PTSD & Abuse)
  • School Issues
  • Women’s Issues

Therapeutic Approaches 

  • Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
  • Collaborative Problem Solving (CPP)
  • Compassionate Communication (NVC)
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Mindfulness
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Play Therapy

Who I am when I’m not a Therapist


Although I grew up in California, my family is originally from the Northwest. I left California as a young adult and traveled and lived in many places around the world before returning to the Northwest and settling in Portland. When I am not being a therapist, my husband and I are busy raising our three teenage boys and caring for our two large dogs. As a family, we enjoy traveling, spending time in nature, watching movies, and discussing and debating current events.


  • BA in Art History from Hunter College, NY
  • Masters of Social Work at Portland State University, OR

Training & Experience  

  • Background in dance
  • Advanced training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Five years of clinical experience working with children, adults, couples and families

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(503) 349-2281