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Katherine Chiba, LCSW


‘19 Certificate of Excellence

Individual, group and couple's therapy for adults. I am a licensed and experienced (18+ years) therapist. I have worked at the VA for over 15 years and am now venturing into private practice. I provide individualized counseling to clients, geared to their specific needs and goals. I am experienced in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and

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What do you love most about your job?

Helping people to feel better and get more out of their lives is an amazing privilege. Every client is different and presents a unique challenge and opportunity. I can't imagine doing anything else as long as I could be a therapist.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I have been employed full time at the VA for the last 15 years, and have only recently ventured into private practice. I have realized over the past few years that it can be difficult for people outside the VA to find really experienced therapists, and I would like to offer everything I've learned to a wider audience. I've been blessed to work with literally hundreds of people with a wide variety of problems and issues, and I think it has given me a unique perspective on the therapeutic work. Eventually I plan to transition into full time private practice - I may "retire" from the VA but I don't intend to ever retire from doing this work.

Why should our clients choose you?

-Experience counts. I have spent over 30,000 hours in face-to-face sessions with clients and it has taught me never to take anything for granted; to approach each person or couple or group with "beginner's mind"; to pay attention to what my clients say and help them find and utilize the tools that are going to work for THEM.
-Not much fazes me. If I've learned anything, it is that none of us are in any position to judge others. I am honored when someone chooses to entrust me with their pain and difficulties and ask for my help. People coming into therapy often worry that they are going to "overwhelm" their therapist with their problems. If I don't think I am the right person to help you, I will do everything I can to help you find the best therapist for you.
-I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Oregon. Being licensed means that I am held to a high ethical standard and have to stay current with advances and developments in the field. Every client deserves a provider that is accountable to them.

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Your expert Counsellor will be able to advise you on the full range of services available and will be able to advise on what is most suitable. Use Bark to get free quotes and schedule an appointment today.

At your appointment, you will be encouraged to talk about your feelings and emotions with a trained Counsellor who will listen and support you without judging or criticising.
The therapist can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes and find your own solutions to problems. However, they will not usually give advice or tell you what to do. The Counsellor might sum up what they understand you have been saying so that they can help you to form a plan of action.

Counselling can take place in a number of ways. These include:

  • Face to face session

  • Group session

  • Phone session

  • Email session

  • Online through live chat services or video conferencing software

You may be offered a single session of Counselling, a short course of sessions over a few weeks or months or a longer course that lasts for several months or years.

It can take a number of sessions before you start to see progress but you should gradually start to feel better with the help and support of your Counsellor.

You can be confident that any of the Bark local Counsellors listed will give you a reliable and efficient service to help you feel better.

You could look for Counsellors that are accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) which means that they have met the PSA’s required professional standards to practise.

Before you choose a Counsellor, you could read testimonials and read details of the issues they can help with on their website.

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Counselling can help with many issues. These include the following:

  • Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety or eating disorders.

  • Physical health conditions such as infertility.

  • Difficult life events such as a bereavement, a relationship breakdown or work-related stress.

  • Dealing with difficult emotions such as low self-esteem or anger.

  • Sexual identity issues.

  • Divorce.

  • Redundancy and work issues.

  • Phobias and fears.

Absolutely! Many Counsellors provide their services remotely via an online video call or the telephone. Not only is it more convenient, but it's also the preferable option for many people who would feel more comfortable holding the session from the comfort of their own home.



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The average rating for Bark Counselors in Portland is 5.00, based on 246 reviews.

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