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About Me

My specialities include:




     Spiritual Issues

     Pregnancy and Postpartum

     Children and Adolescents


     Eating Issues/Body Image Concerns



For as long as I can remember, I have felt a strong desire to be supportive of others. My inherent empathic nature makes work as a psychotherapist the perfect fit for me. Being a therapist is my dream job and it is an honor for me to do this work.
My style is loving and direct. I enjoy watching clients grow and change but I also love them for who they already, inherently, are. I value respect, humor, metaphor, the mundane and, most of all, the delightful and difficult journey of being human.
Prior to becoming a therapist I worked in the medical publishing field as a managing editor in New York. I was fortunate enough to travel internationally and worked with some of the top doctors in the fields of psychiatry and neurology.
After a number of years, however, I realized my path was doing therapy work rather than writing and editing scientific papers about it. I left New York and moved to San Francisco where I attended the Integral Counseling Psychology program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). CIIS’s curriculum integrates Eastern and Western therapeutic approaches to create the greatest potential for transformation and healing by treating the whole person.
My post-graduate work included individual, family, child, and couples therapy in a variety of settings. I received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City. My masters degree from CIIS was conferred in 2007. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Oregon under the license number T0910.

© Copyright 2012-2022 - Claire R. Colaço, MA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - License #T0910. 

2240 N. Interstate Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97227

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