MEET THE COLLECTIVE
At Connective Therapy Collective, we seek to treat the whole person, and train others to do the same. We emphasize healing trauma, eliminating shame, and ending stigma related to the full expansion and expression of sex and gender diversity. We are committed to trauma-informed, pleasure-centered, intersectional clinical work. We are here to support both individual healing and the building of intentional, well-suited, meaningful relationships of all kinds. Due to licensing requirements, we can treat clients in Oregon (with a few exceptions for clients in Idaho and California).
Communities we belong to & seek to support
Queer, trans, gender non-conforming, and questioning folks
Kinky/ Fetish/ Pro-Dom(me)'s and lifestyle members
Sex Workers of all types
Individuals and couples who are non-monogamous
Sexual assault survivors, sex trafficking survivors
Folks dealing with the impact of oppression, racism, transphobia, heterosexism, mononormativity, and/or whorephobia
Keely Helmick (she/they)
LPC, CST (Oregon)
I am a licensed professional counselor, LPC and LMFT Supervisor, CADCI and Lewis and Clark Alumni. I am a relationship, gender and sexuality counselor in Private Practice in Portland Oregon. I have been working with folks individually and in relationships for over 12-years to address a myriad of personal, sexual concerns in a sex-positive, non-judgmental way. I specialize in work with the LGBTQIA2S+ community to provide inclusive mental health care for all folks. Last year Keely had the opportunity to be part of a forum in Salem to address the inequity of mental health and substance abuse treatment for LGBTQIA2S+ Oregonians. She also co-wrote an article on the same topic for the Statesmen Journal In my years of counseling, I have seen the effects of lack of education, misinformation, and suppression of healthy sexual discussion and expression. People want to talk about sex and either don’t have the language to have the discussion, or are hindered by misinformation, trauma, embarrassment or lack of self-awareness and understanding. My practice lens is intersectional, anti-oppression and de-colonization oriented. I specialize in treating marginalized identities including LGBTQIA2S+ all sex and gender diverse clients, kinky or non-monogamous folks, sex workers and sexual trauma survivors. My goal is to create a space where individuals, groups, and communities can learn and grow, overcoming systemic barriers to accurate sexual health information, trauma healing, and shame-free pleasure-based support.
Angie Gunn (she/her)
LCSW, CST (Oregon, Idaho)
I'm an AASECT certified sex therapist and licensed clinical social worker, licensed in Oregon, Idaho and previously in Wisconsin. I work from an intersectional, anti-oppression lens, with an emphasis on naming and deconstructing systems which further subjugate or limit our capacities to heal, grow and connect. I'm curious about all the parts of you, the ways in which your family, community, work, and identities impact your well-being and relationships. While I am a cis white female, I am keenly aware of the way in which my gender and race has given me power and privilege, and work to acknowledge that while creating equity whenever possible. In the realm of sex therapy, I'm often seen on the more radical end of the spectrum. I value sexual rights and human rights, and believe all humans should have access to safe, healthy, and mutually beneficial and pleasurable relationships. I value all sexual expression, identities, and lifestyles as valid, and worthy of understanding and insight. I'm engaged in kink, non-monogamy, sex work and queer communities and spaces, both as a participant and ally. Modalities I use include IFS (internal family systems), general systems theory, EFT, Gottman couples work, EMDR, Somatic based interventions, sensory integration and regulation work, narrative, TF-CBT, meditation and grounding, attachment oriented approaches and couples interventions. I value sharing information about myself when appropriate and work hard to be present in the room with you, experiencing and feeling as well. Therapy is an intuitive and collaborative process. I really enjoy hiking, yoga, dancing, water sports (the non sexy kind), a good beat, and tasty treats.
Elizabeth Knutsen (she/her)
MSW, CSWA (Oregon)
I am a masters level social worker completing certification as a licensed clinical social worker in Oregon. I have spent my career working in both Illinois and Oregon. I have developed my skills of empathy working with domestic violence survivors and geriatric populations. My approach to therapy is creating a safe space for you to be your authentic self. I'm not interested in changing you but rather allowing you to sit with yourself and hone in on what truly makes you, you. My clinical focus is working with sex workers and those in sexual fringe populations. In our work together know that I will never shame you for the ways you navigate this capitalistic world. I seek to build a space with you that makes you feel seen and where you can feel your work is not only legitimized but celebrated when you want it to be. I acknowledge the privilege I receive from the color of my skin and cis female identity. I seek to actively dismantle my privilege and am always open to feedback from those whose life experiences are different from mine. I look forward to building a community of support, nurturing, and sharing together.
Melisa Moran (she/her)
LMFT (Oregon, California)
I am licensed as a marriage and family therapist in Oregon and California; I hold a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University in Palo Alto. I maintain an emphasis on a holistic, whole-person therapeutic approach. I have been in practice for the past 5 years working with a broad range of clients, focusing most recently on adolescents and the LGBTQIPA+ populations. As a clinician I place a high value on a dynamic, person-centered therapy process. I embrace an integrative approach, weaving in elements of mindfulness, motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, psychosynthesis, CBT, and the expressive arts. I have completed level one of the Gottman Method Couples Therapy training program, and am eager to support couples and individuals in relationship, including those identifying in the ethical non-monogamy and polyamory communities. I am passionate about destigmatizing sex, historically marginalized populations, and mental health in general, and welcome any and all clients who feel I might be the right-fit for their therapeutic needs. I acknowledge my privilege as a white cis female, as well as the inherent power differential in the therapist-client relationship. My goal in our initial sessions is to energetically join with you, and learn how best to create a safe environment for our work. I see therapy as a collaborative process, and I encourage feedback about your experience so that I can adjust my approach to best suit your needs and goals. I am a recovering musical theater performer, and spend my free time playing piano and ukulele, singing, writing, dancing, painting, and enjoying the outdoors with loved ones.
Jimanekia Eborn (she/her)
I have worked in the mental health field for the last 10 years, which is where I saw the need for increased sexual education and sexual trauma support. I am passionate about assisting and supporting sexual assault survivors and those without access to comprehensive sex education. As a queer black woman, I see the world through the lens of marginalization. and am keenly aware of the lack of support for those that are similar to my identity, as well as other marginalized identities. My empathy for these populations has pushed me to continue building safe spaces for clientele, providing education opportunities, helping people to find their voices and their footing oftentimes in a space that is not built for them. As well as supporting folks in different forms of healing and transformation. I currently work as an independent comprehensive sex educator for grades K - 12, the director of Education for the survivor and ally support organization, "More Than No," and a consultant or TV and Film production, bringing a healthy perspective on sex and surviving trauma to every viewer. My goal is to help you get the support and tools that you do not already have. To help you find your voice and to help you reconnect and heal. I value being open, honest, and supportive of those that I work with. I look forward to helping you possibly also figure out your values. I approach supporting others with an open and non-judgmental heart. I really enjoy music, reading, spending time with my family and friends.
Kat Catanach (she/her)
MFT Intern (Oregon)
I am a Graduate Student Intern pursuing a Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy degree at Lewis and Clark College. I strive to provide therapy from the use of an intersectional lens- while utilizing Narrative Therapy, Attachment Theory, Solution Focused Therapy, as well as other modalities- to collaborate with clients to achieve their goals, assess their needs and find ways to live their most authentic lives. As an Indigenous Pueblo woman, I am devoted to providing therapy to those who have a wide range of identities, especially those who identify as LGBTQIA2S+ and BIPOC. I am both body and sex positive and believe that healthy, satisfying relationships come in many configurations and styles. I am also BDSM/kink aware. It is my goal to cultivate a space where you can be comfortable in exploring the stories you have within you and those you have yet to author. I believe everyone has a story to tell and I would be honored to hear yours.
Alex Emmert (they/them)
LPC Intern (Oregon)
I am a Student Intern pursuing a Professional Mental Health degree from the Lewis and Clark School of Counseling. I operate from a Social Justice lens; allowing the client to have the complexity of their identity be honored. While I am a Queer Non-binary Transgender person, my white privilege is something I am aware of and continue to acknowledge. Safety is not a guarantee as much as a felt moment-by-moment experience. It is with this in mind that I work towards cultural humility in my professional practice. My goal is to work collaboratively with clients in exploring their values, narratives, and parts of their lives that may be challenging to face alone. Existentialism, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Narrative therapies are where I draw tools from to utilize in sessions. The subjective truths of each person is valid and unique in how they experience their world.
Cody Young (she/her)
CSWA Intern (Oregon)
I'm a master's level social worker, who came to this work through punk, harm reduction, and grassroots organizing. My focus has always been to support and empower disenfranchised populations including: sex workers, LGBTQ+, houseless people, and those affected by the prison system. I am continuously humbled by the humor, resilience, and strength of people in the face of their most harrowing circumstances. As a mixed-race (white-passing), gender-non-conforming (cis-male-passing), and queer (arguably straight-passing) person from a multicultural family, I was introduced to systems of power, discrimination, and personal/passing privileges early in life. Because of my lived experiences, I remain committed to bringing liberatory praxis into my work. For the last eight years, I’ve held several jobs in community mental health: crisis intervention, substance use recovery, transitional housing, and street outreach. The most satisfying part of my work has been supporting people as they develop insight and new skills to achieve and maintain sustainable emotional wellness. This looks different from person to person. My aim is to develop trust and create a space with you, where you feel safe to be and explore who you are, as well as the challenges you face. My practice is eclectic, grounded in an anti-oppressive and trauma-informed framework. I’m always looking for ways to collaborate and incorporate the experiences and wisdom of those I have the privilege of working with. In my spare time, I draw comics, enjoy old records and 80’s horror movies.
Melissa Trujillo (she/her)
Marketing & Administrative Assistant
I am a first generation Mexican-American woman raised on Wichita, Kansa, Sioux, Osage Land (SE Kansas). Currently, I reside on Peoria, Odawa, Anishinabewaki land (SE Michigan) and am a recent graduate of Michigan State University's Advertising Management program. My passion for this work comes from lived experience as a bisexual woman of color, CSA survivor and SAS maneuvering through this world. My internal fire fuels my desire to create and be of service to a greater mission. I also acknowledge my proximity to whiteness and am actively involved in decolonization and anti-racism work. A certain amount of creativity is required to imagine a world free of oppressive systems. I am a painter, writer, and avid reader. And I feel honored to be a part of this collective.
Mikki Davis (she/her)
I came to this work through my passion and desire to support people in their journey to mental health and holistic wellness individually, relationally, and systemically. While this process started for me by going to graduate school to become a Marriage and Family therapist, specializing in sex therapy, I soon realized in my time working in agencies and group practices that therapy providers do not get the support they need from their administrative staff. Before I completed my graduate degree I had decided to redirect my career path so I could help create a warm and supportive environment for our providers, and in turn for clients. My goals as a white, cis, and hetero (mostly) person in this collective is to use my access to privilege to help build up more access to resources for all of our underserved populations while understanding that it is a daily practice of humility and introspection to continue my personal anti-racist, anti-patriarchal, and anti-capitalist work. My approach to my work is informed by my own mental health and body wellness journey and I truly believe we each have our own unique path to healing and we all deserve access to the resources that facilitate and support our growth. I balance out my work life spending time with my partner, my chosen family, my dog and my ball python. I am thrilled to be a part of this collective and to be a small stepping-stone on your path to radical healing.