Monica Melgar-Sharman, MSW

Psychotherapy with Children, Adolescents, & Adults

Pronouns: They, Them, Theirs -or- She, Her, Hers

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 traditions, 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 a
light on the individual and collective power to cope and to thrive.
I work with adolescents and adults on a wide range of concerns including anxiety,
depression, LGBTQ2S+ identity development, marginalization/oppression, and chronic
pain. I specialize in trauma, including developmental trauma, shock trauma, and
relationship trauma.

My Approach to Therapy:
I believe that people are drawn toward liberation and wholeness, and I believe that
therapy can be a powerful tool in that pursuit. I blend elements of Somatic Experiencing
with Narrative Therapy to approach each session with curiosity, exploration, and respect
that you are the expert on your own life. By connecting with the internal wisdom in your
mind and body, I offer you a space to process and grieve, as well as a space to dream
and grow.

I use indigenous frameworks, am invested in decolonizing therapeutic approaches, and
I invite your spirituality, cultural practices, and ancestral connection into our work. 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 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, and I am currently
in training to become a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner.

I am a Clinical Social Work Associate, under supervision to become a Licensed Clinical
Social Worker. I am supervised by Shanako Devoll, LCSW.

Insurance Plans Accepted

Aetna

CareOregon

Cigna

Kaiser

OHP-OpenCard

PacificSource

Providence PPO

Trillium