Lesley AlterShe/Her

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and received my Master’s of Social Services at Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research in 1988. I moved to Portland in 1991 and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 1992. I work with adults and older adults.

Everybody has a story. Often our stories about ourselves and others are formulated when we are very young, trying to make sense of what is going on around us. Those stories are often untrue. However, the negative narrative continues into adulthood. I use therapy approaches and techniques that help clients reauthor a different story, a true story about themselves, others and events that might have occurred. When this healing process occurs, I am inspired as a witness to my clients’ transformation as they take steps from struggle to healing. I have two adult sons and enjoy hiking, biking, music, connecting with friends, movies and yoga. I love to laugh and value the need for art and creativity in my life.

Licensed in Oregon.

Teletherapy and in person.

(503) 286-1004 in the NE Portland office
(503) 286-7909 (fax)



“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– Joseph Campbell

Issues Treated

  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Depression
  • Grief/loss
  • Low Self-esteem
  • Divorce Adjustment
  • Pregnancy Loss/Infertility
  • Trauma/Birth Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Children of Alcoholics
  • Perinatal Mood Disorders (depression/anxiety during pregnancy and post-partum depression/anxiety)

Treatment Techniques and Approaches

  • Brainspotting (an offshoot of EMDR)
  • Sandtray Therapy
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT)
  • Attachment Therapy
  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Alpha-StimTM Device
  • Solution-focused Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy
  • Family Systems
  • Psychoeducation