Anya Stepanova, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Anya is a cis, white, bicultural, bilingual, nomadic, sensitive, artistic, and compassionate human. She describes herself as a forever student with a curious mind and open heart. She lives with respect and connection to the land, honoring ancestral wisdom. Anya holds a Master of Social Work degree from Portland State University and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker license in Oregon. She has worked with adults to address various barriers, including depression, mood disorders, anxiety, relationship difficulties, life transitions, grief, family challenges, and identity development.
Anya is actively involved in social justice/human rights movements advocating for refugees and immigrants who face discrimination, bias, and systemic and economic barriers. She has extensive experience working with women who have lived through interpersonal violence, childhood trauma, and individuals with life-limiting illnesses. She believes that when in isolation and disconnection, we contract, get stuck in a “negative othering” loop, dissociate, experience and project pain, and when we live from a place of interconnected attunement, non-violence, welcoming obstacles, generative and sustainable change forward, we feel and project love. Anya uses a generative trance approach, somatic wisdom, deeper listening, mindfulness practices, and nature connection, helping people absorb contradictions and struggles, challenge deeply held beliefs that hold clients back, move trauma through the body, and find meaning/expression/integration. Anya encourages clients to align with their true nature and embody the gifts they carry, so that they may live as powerful, healing influences in their communities.