Psychotherapy with Adolescents & Adults
My name is Christo Raines and I am a qualified mental health practitioner at Portland Mental Health and Wellness under the supervision of Len Kaufman, PhD.
I received my doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August 2019. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the University of Michigan’s counseling center and I completed my residency at Portland Mental Health & Wellness in 2021. Previously I have also provided therapy at university counseling centers, community mental health centers, an outpatient medical clinic, and a veteran’s hospital.
I have a warm and collaborative style that is rooted in establishing an empathic relationship. I aspire to facilitate a therapy connection in which people feel welcomed and empowered to authentically express themselves, make meaning, grow, and deepen their self-understanding.
I consider myself an integrative therapist although I tend to draw mostly from contemporary psychodynamic and interpersonal approaches. Often I find the work is enriched through bridging in mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral traditions as well. Further, I approach therapy having been influenced by feminist, men and masculinities, and multicultural theory. I work with a recognition of the influence of various forms of structural and individual oppression as well as my own power and privilege as a function of my intersecting social locations. I aspire to adopt a stance of cultural humility through demonstrating an eagerness to learn, openness to feedback, and engagement in on-going critical self-reflection where opportunities for growth and new understandings present themselves.
I will strive to offer you a tailored therapy experience based on your unique history, concerns, and goals. For many people I work with, therapy involves exploring and striving to understand how your background and significant relationships impacts your current context and presenting issues. Additionally, I often encourage a stance of nonjudgmental curiosity as we explore and approach your uncritically accepted assumptions, reactions, emotions, and relationship patterns that are not working for you. Therapy may also include opportunities to look at the relationship we build together, current emerging relationally dynamics, and your in-the-moment experience. As we co-create an opportunity for healing with new understanding and new experiences, my intention is to help you manage life’s stress and challenges with openness, agency, humor, and self-compassion.
I provide therapy with clients from diverse intersecting identities and across the lifespan. I have experience supporting clients with an array of mental health concerns including: family of origin issues, relationship challenges, identity concerns, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, grief, life transitions, and trauma. Although I am enthusiastic to work with clients from all identities and walks of life, I have an emerging specialization in men’s issues.