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-Acute and complex trauma
-Grief and Loss
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*ACT and Mindfulness approach
Portia is in-network with Premera, Cigna, First Choice, LifeWise, Anthem and some other Blue Cross plans and can also bill in network with Kaiser for transgender clients. Please be aware that Protea Wellness cannot accept insurance for couple's therapy.
50-minute session for individuals: $155
50-minute session for families: $155; 80-minute session for families: $230.
Portia Bajwa, LICSWA
Throughout our lives, we may encounter challenges that can leave us feeling disconnected with ourselves and those around us. Living with depression, anxiety, and past trauma can impede our ability to engage in the present, feel connected with our surroundings, and move towards our goals for the future.
My focus in therapy is to help ground you in your goals, values, and self-identity so that you are able to navigate your life in ways that are meaningful for you. I believe that each individual holds the wisdom and insight to inform their experiences and incite purposeful change in their lives, and my role is to accompany and guide you as you discover your path towards meaning and connection.
My therapeutic philosophy is rooted in systems theory, acknowledging how each individual has been shaped by their culture, upbringing, and social surroundings. As such, I strive to practice from an anti-oppressive and trauma-informed framework in order to honor the various intersections of the individuals with whom I work and cultivate a safe and open space for their experiences. I use an integrative therapeutic approach based on the individuals’ unique needs, preferences, and learning styles.
My main clinical modalities are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness. I also draw from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). These therapeutic frameworks work to identify thought patterns, create space from thoughts, and ultimately widen our perspective on our experiences.
Professional training & memberships...
I received my Masters in social work at the University of Chicago and currently hold a license as a social work associate in the state of Washington (SWAA.SA.60993844). I have received additional training in racial trauma, grief and ambiguous loss, domestic violence, and couples therapy.
I have experience providing individual and family therapy in a variety of settings, including agencies, NGOs, and private practice. The individuals I have worked with come from many different backgrounds, including individuals seeking asylum and survivors of domestic violence. Most of my experience has been in long-term therapy settings, and I have worked with individuals from a wide age range, including adolescents to older adults.