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About Me

"It is easy to believe we are each waves and forget we are also the ocean."

- John Muth

Kristina Houck, LCSW

I have over a decade of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker supporting individuals in a variety of roles. I earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology from the University of Portland in 2000 and a Masters in Social Work at the University of Washington in 2003. I mentored, counseled, and taught college students at the University of Portland. I launched and coordinated a violence prevention program aimed at providing bystanders concrete strategies for intervening to prevent harm from occurring and creating a culture of safety for all. I was an advocate for survivors of sexual assault and LGBTQ+ students, educating the community on how to be an ally for marginalized groups. I worked with adults, teens, and families at the Portland DBT Institute where I supported individuals in overcoming suffering and improving relationships. I also worked with parents facing the challenges of parenting, providing them support and equipping them with concrete strategies to decrease conflict and improve communication. 

In addition, I have a longtime personal mindfulness practice, grounded in my Catholic roots and enhanced by Zen Buddhist practices and teachings. I also utilize my ongoing personal yoga practice as a means of integrating my heart, body, and spirit to live in greater alignment. I feel most alive among the trees and alongside rivers.

Professional Interests and Areas of Expertise:

I have experience working with culturally diverse adults and adolescents in addressing a range of issues including: relationship issues, parenting challenges, personal identity discernment, sexual assault trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, as well as school- and career-related issues. I teach the practices of self compassion and Loving Kindness to aid in healing and transforming lives. When desired, I assist individuals in utilizing their personal spiritual beliefs to support and improve their mental/emotional well-being. I have a passion for creating a culture of inclusion and equity and believe that our personal freedom is bound up in our collective liberation.