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I am a clinical psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of depression, mood instability, anxiety, life-transitions, chronic stress, grief/loss and trauma. I have a secondary specialization in family systems, high-conflict relationships, relational trauma, and mediation.  Services are provided virtually and in-person, depending on client preference and accessibility. A hybrid approach to care is always welcome.

The hallmarks of my style are warmth, insight, encouragement and connection. My goal is to create a feeling of genuine openness and trust to speak directly and honestly to the difficult issues at hand.

The primary focus of our work is to create solutions; but that is not all. I foster a strong therapeutic relationship with each and every client. That relationship is key. It is the spark that animates the entire process. Together, we generate optimism, self-compassion and greater emotional clarity. These elements are foundational to change.

If you work with me, a sense of relief and empowerment will develop over time. It typically begins with your chief concern, and then carries into other aspects of your functioning and outlook. I call that experience: spiraling up. It is the opposite of being “stuck” and our overarching goal.

To best help you, I select from therapeutic methods grounded in the science of interpersonal neurobiology. More specifically, I use Relational, Attachment-based and Psychodynamic psychotherapies. These tools maximize your hard-wired ability to repair and grow, and are effective for both individuals and family systems. 

Education and Credentials:

  • New College of Florida, B.A. Social Sciences

  • University of Southern Maine, M.A. American Studies

  • Portland State University, M.S.W. Clinical Social Work


  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (ME, OR)

  • Association of Family & Conciliation Courts

  • Qualified Mental Health Professional (OR)

  • EMDR Level -1 Training 



  • Gowen, K., Deschaine, M., Gruttadra, D., Markey, D. (2012). Young adults with mental health conditions and social networking websites: seeking tools to build community. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 35(3), 245-250.

  • Deschaine, M. (2011). How developmental disabilities impact the sexual health of young adults. Sexual health disparities among disenfranchised youth. Oregon Health Authority.

  • Gowen, L.K. & Deschaine, M. (2011). Evaluating whether or not to trust mental health information on the Internet. Portland, OR: Portland State University, Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures.

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