Monica Melgar-Sharman, MSW

Psychotherapy with Children, Adolescents, & Adults

Pronouns: They, them, theirs -or- She, her, hers

About Me:
Thank you for taking the time to read bios and explore your options! I began working in this field after years of community organizing, harm reduction outreach, and activism. As my role continues to become more professionalized, I strive to remain rooted in my lived experiences and the wisdom of my communities and elders. As a non-binary queer person with mixed cultural and spiritual tradition, I believe in the power of fluidity and the deep connections we can make at the intersections of our identities. My personal practice revolves around anti-oppression and social justice, and I hope to provide a space that acknowledges the various systems that affect your life, while also shining light on the individual and collective power to cope and to thrive. I love working with folks on identity development and feel passionately about supporting through major life events and important shifts. While I would be honored to work with all ages, the majority of my clinical experience has been with ages 12-25 on a variety of issues including: anxiety, depression, ADHD, gender identity, sexual orientation, grief and loss, family/relationship issues, and substance use.

My Approach to Therapy:
I believe that people are drawn toward liberation, and I believe that therapy can be a powerful tool in that pursuit. By blending elements of narrative therapy with acceptance and commitment therapy, I offer you a space to process and grieve, as well as a space to dream and grow. My aim is to support your curiosity and insight around your feelings and behaviors, and to encourage self-reflective awareness using somatic and mindfulness techniques. I am aware of the power dynamics inherent in the therapist/client relationship and am interested in exploring how that affects our work together as we create space for you to process other power dynamics in your life. My style is engaged, collaborative, and uplifting, and my hope is that through our work together, you feel supported and challenged to move into your whole, authentic self. If you think we’d be a good fit, I look forward to meeting you!

Background and Education:
I received my masters of social work from Portland State University with a focus on Child, Youth, and Family Services I have previous experience in adult mental health, street outreach,  LGBTQ youth programs, homeless youth case management, and adolescent behavioral health.

I am a certified as a Clinical Social Work Associate, supervised by Dr. Rosemarie Hemmings, LCSW.

Insurance Plans Accepted

CareOregon

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