There are times in life where we can use an empathic, nonjudgmental listener who can be present with us as we explore our challenges and develop insight into what we truly need to feel content and whole. In addition to deeply listening to you, I am here to help you unpack what’s going on in your life, as well as to help you critically–and compassionately–examine the stories you’ve been telling yourself about your life, including your struggles and your relationships. What beliefs do you have about what’s possible for you? How do those beliefs hold you back from having the type of life you want?

I specialize in working with teens and adults with anxiety. I also frequently work with people in the helping fields who are experiencing burnout and exhaustion. I truly love my work! I began my practice because I believe that all of us have the capacity to grow, heal, and transform, and that we all have insight that we can learn to tap into or trust. I also believe that working through our challenges with self-compassion and understanding can help us move from pain and frustration to peace and autonomy. We are all capable of creating meaningful, joy-filled lives.

I am dedicated to helping my clients explore their unique challenges and life situations so that they can uncover joy, contentment, and ease, as well as find solutions to unresolved issues and process and manage trauma and pain. I encourage my clients to look within themselves to find their own strengths, resources, and inner wisdom. And I believe we can all do this in the midst of whatever may be coming up for us in life — work or school stress, relationship conflict, family struggles, a sense that things just aren’t quite right and we’re not sure what to do about them.

I work with children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing a variety of challenges, including difficulties in relationships, grief, indecision, anxiety, and depression, as well as searching for meaning, which I believe is an inherent part of the experience of being human. And because being a human is not always easy, I encourage my clients to develop deep self-compassion and curiosity about themselves and their lives. By fully accepting who we are, we can see our lives–past, present, and possible futures–clearly and make the changes we need to make when we are ready to make them.

This process is complex, and each person is unique, so I approach each client individually so that we can find together what will work best for them. Many of the clients who find me (or whose parents find me) tend to be highly sensitive individuals who are empathic, attuned to their environments and other people, and want to live happy, meaningful lives but who are overwhelmed by their current challenges or find themselves “stuck” in a certain emotional, relational, or life pattern. Even if this doesn’t sound quite like you but you’re still intrigued by the counseling process, that’s okay — I recognize that we are all capable of developing greater insight.

What brings people to my practice?
Gender/sexual identity (LGBTQ+ affirming)
Grief and loss
Relationship conflict or dynamics
Self/spiritual exploration
Life transitions
School stress
Feeling unfulfilled or confused about why life is so hard and knowing things can be different…but you’re not sure how
Developing self-compassion and self-trust (in your decisions, your intuition…)

Reach out to me today! I would love to hear what’s going on with you. We can identify your unique goals for counseling and see if we might be a good fit to work together.

Kaci Schmitt Counseling
*Office located in SE Portland — address will be given to prospective clients in initial phone call
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If you are having a mental health emergency, please call 911 or the Multnomah County Crisis Line at 503-988-4888.