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Paige Matthews

Licensed Professional Counselor

Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor

Pronouns: They/Them

Identities: Queer, Non-Binary

Style: Egalitarian, Social Justice Based, and Anti-Oppressive

Works with:

  • Individuals
  • Child/Family
  • Teens
  • Groups

Who I am as a Therapist

 

Hi, I’m Paige. I’m a queer, non-binary therapist. I can help you look at how systems—family systems, social systems, and systems of oppression—impact your mental health. I want to help you break down the ways systems have impacted you. I will help you find and reclaim who you really are and who you were before those systems hurt you.

 

As a therapist and a researcher, I specialize in serving queer and trans children, teens, and adults. I help transgender children and teens explore their gender. I help queer and transgender adults figure out how to feel better. I also help families learn new strategies to be safe and supportive to their queer and transgender children. While I specialize in working with queer and trans clients, I also work with clients who struggle with trauma, PTSD, substance use, sexual health, and oppression and/or discrimination.

 

In a therapy session, I may use a combination of EMDR and talk therapy to help you find solutions to feel better. I am a collaborative therapist; we will work together to improve your life. You are the expert of your life, I am here as a guide, offering some new potential paths.

 

I commit to being a safe healthcare provider for all. If you have ever felt excluded by healthcare systems—due to income, gender, race, sexuality, disability, trauma, or anything else—I am here for you.

“I don’t need logic to tell me whether something is possible.”
Chani Nicholas

Specialty Areas

Mental Health Challenges 

  • Activism & Burnout
  • Addiction & Substance Use
  • Anger
  • Anxiety (General, Panic, Phobias)
  • Attachment & Relational Challenges
  • Behavioral Challenges in Children
  • Consensually Non-Monogamous Relationships
  • Cultural & Systemic Oppression
  • Depression
  • Immigration & Acculturation
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Life Transitions
  • Gender transitions
  • Managing Stress
  • Trauma Recovery (PTSD & Abuse)
  • School Issues
  • Spirituality

Therapeutic Approaches 

  • Anti-Racist Trauma-Informed Care (ARTIC)
  • Transgender Affirming Care
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Compassionate Communication (NVC)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Therapy

Who I am when I’m not a Therapist

 

When I’m not at work, I’m at school getting my Phd in Education and Leadership, and researching the relationship between queer substance use and sexual health. Outside of work and school, I spend my time at hot springs, vegan restaurants, queer events, and hanging out with my chickens.

Education 

  • Doctoral Candidate, Education and Leadership at Pacific University
  • Master of Counseling, Oregon State University Cascades
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication, Boston University

Training & Experience  

  • EMDR Trained
  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor
  • Experience working with queer and trans individuals in rural and urban areas of Oregon
  • Experience working at a substance use treatment center
  • Experience, training, and research addressing sex/drug-linked behavior

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(503) 349-2281