Tamara (Mara) Chacón
Clinical Social Work Graduate Intern
Queer and trans identities, non-monogamy, disability, neurodivergence
🟢 Accepting new clients
I am a mixed-race Chicané, disabled/chronically ill, queer, neurodivergent, non-monogamous, non-binary femme currently pursuing a Master’s of Social Work at Portland State University. I was raised in Los Angeles, CA, and have called Portland, OR, home for the past 7 years. I am developing skills in mindfulness-based therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and somatic therapy.
I view the therapeutic process as an opportunity to witness and walk alongside people of all identities in healing, self-discovery, and mutual learning. I have spent the last 10 years doing direct service work with young adults experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles and Portland. The lack of mental health care that is inclusive, accessible, and holistic in Portland is what inspired me to become a therapist. I understand my practice modalities through a mutual aid-focused, decolonial lens that views mental health as just one piece of the puzzle in a complex world with corrupt systems. I believe pleasure, play, rest, connection, and community are revolutionary tools to help us thrive in a society that fosters unwellness.
As a graduate-level intern, I lead with the values of transparency, empathy, autonomy, curiosity, and balance in my practice. I center the idea that each person is an expert on their own experiences and process. The vulnerability, trust, and collaboration that therapy requires is a beautiful opportunity to explore the power of community care and self discovery in relationship with others.
I look forward to meeting you!
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