My name is Kaci Schmitt (she/her). I am happy to be able to offer counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults in Portland, Oregon. I truly enjoy working with clients who are looking to process various experiences, transitions, and challenges in their lives.
I received my Master of Science in Counseling from Oregon State University, and I regularly pursue training and education in the field of counseling. I am a TSPC Licensed School Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, and a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in the state of Oregon. I receive supervision from Julianna Vermeys, LPC.
Each counselor’s experience of what brought them to the field is different. I always knew that I wanted to work with people, and I found that I loved working with teenagers when I initially became a teacher more than ten years ago. I was especially passionate about reducing barriers to equitable access to education and safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth, as I was student teaching in a high school in the South (where I grew up and lived for the first 25 years of my life!) and found that many of my students at that time did not feel that they had a safe space at school. In 2014, after some meandering (which I think is usually essential at some point in our lives), I decided to pursue my dream to become a counselor, and I have been working full time as a counselor in public schools since 2016. As life is constantly teaching us and showing us new possibilities to pursue, I learned that I am equally passionate about working as a counselor with adolescents and adults in private practice.
I deeply believe that we all have an innate capacity to heal and that each person is their own best resource and source of wisdom, and that we often need a little help allowing ourselves to access and trust our intuition. We all have many possible selves, and the stories we tell ourselves about who we are, who others are, and how life works can help or hurt our chances at being the self we want to be. Counseling allows us the opportunity to cultivate self-awareness and explore action steps that we can take to improve our wellbeing. I respect the process it takes to discover and uncover new things about ourselves and integrate what we have learned into our lives. I view my work as a privilege to be a collaborative partner in the healing and transformation process.
Please feel free to reach out to me via email at email@example.com or phone at 971-256-8403. I am happy to partner with you or refer you to other therapists to ensure you find the right fit for you.