Family Roots Therapy, a Portland counseling practice, was founded with a vision to start a practice that focused specifically on the needs of young children and families, rather than treating them as an afterthought. Kaleigh Boysen-Quinata started Family Roots after working in community mental health agencies in Portland, Oregon for many years, providing counseling to children and families in crisis, many of whom had experienced significant trauma. Kaleigh’s experience brought to her attention that programs intended to reach young children and new parents were rarely given the resources to succeed. Waiting rooms weren’t family friendly, providers weren’t trained in working with young children and weren’t sure what to do with these cases, early childhood programs were shuffled around or shut down entirely, and the needs of young children weren’t taken seriously. Kaleigh noticed that many families were in crisis and seeking support, but few providers had the training to provide counseling to young children or provide appropriate parent support and education.
After receiving extensive training in evidence-based practices for early childhood and maternal mental health, Kaleigh opened Family Roots, originally as a solo practice in 2017. Family Roots strives to provide an environment that is designed with families and children in mind.
Families thrive when they are supported and cared for, and that is exactly what we strive to do at Family Roots.
We believe that supporting children means supporting parents. We believe in treating the whole family as a system. Sessions may focus individually on a parent or child, but we cannot consider the needs of one family member without considering how it will affect the others. Parents experiencing depression or healing from trauma will have a harder time being present and engaged with their children. Many of the clinics that do focus on children ignore the parents or treat them as part of the problem. We want to change that. We want to partner with parents and support them in their needs as well.
Kaleigh’s mission is to help parents understand their young children’s frustrating and challenging behaviors and teach them new tools and skills to connect with their children and foster the social and emotional skills needed to succeed in life. She is trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy, a counseling method focused on attachment and healing parent-child relationships after exposure to trauma or violence in children ages birth-6.
Prior to becoming a therapist, she worked as a pre-K and elementary school teacher and a nanny and found that she loved working with young children. Upon becoming a parent herself, she gained a new appreciation for the overwhelming challenges that parenthood can bring. She felt called to help other parents navigate these challenges, drawing on her expertise in child development, education, and mental health.
Kaleigh is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Edgewood College in Madison, WI in 2012. She has practiced in a variety of settings, including community mental health agencies, crisis response, and school-based settings. She has also taught a course in child and adolescent counseling at Lewis & Clark College in the Professional Mental Health Counseling Program.
In addition to counseling, Kaleigh is a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and helps parents enhance their skills and knowledge by teaching parenting classes and workshops, as well as speaking engagements. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, camping, biking, or just playing at the park with her son.
Alexandra Henderson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in children, youth, and families. She has been working as a Child and Family Therapist in community mental health settings for 6 years in rural Oregon and the Portland Metro area. She graduated from Boston College with her Masters in Social Work in 2011 and did her Undergraduate Degree at the University of Oregon in Family and Human Services. Alexandra completed the Portland State University Adoptive and Foster Family Therapy Certificate Program in 2018, as well.
Alexandra has been in the field of social work and counseling for 13 years working as a youth/adult case manager, DV shelter advocate, as a floor staff in residential treatment facilities for youth, as a case aide for DHS Child Welfare, and as a school counselor for children with special needs. She works with children and families from a holistic, child-centered, and strengths based perspective. Alexandra is trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), mindfulness, and play therapy, and she uses sand tray and art therapy in counseling with children and teens. She works as a team with youth and their caregivers struggling with issues of anxiety, depression, trauma, adoption, and foster care. Alexandra has worked with all ages of children from 3-18 years old and specializes in tweens and teens.
Mary Evrard a Licensed Professional Counselor who has practiced in Oregon, Wyoming, Utah and as an intern in Florida. Mary holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Webster University. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Florida for English and Women’s Studies. Mary’s background is working with people struggling with substance abuse, trauma survivors, the LGBTQ community, couples and families, at-risk adolescents, the elderly, women’s issues, parenting struggles, people with traumatic brain injuries, people with autism, grief and loss, crisis pregnancies, adoption issues, children in foster care and people living with HIV and AIDS. She is proud to have worked in a variety of settings and with people who need support, clarity, and space to heal.
Mary is currently working on becoming certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and in Hakomi Method, a form of counseling that is based on mindfulness and mind-body integration. Mary also takes a person-centered, trauma informed approach to counseling. Her background includes Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Gestalt therapy, and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), in addition to CBT and Hakomi Method.
As a compassionate, interactive, and experiential therapist, Mary’s treatment approach is to provide therapeutic experiences and practical feedback in a safe and supportive setting to help clients resolve current issues and long-standing patterns of thinking, feeling, and doing that interrupt the flow of their lives. With sensitivity and care, she assists clients in reaching for inner wholeness and healing. She places a strong emphasis on the mind-body connection and incorporates aspects of spirituality and transpersonal development into the healing process.
Blending conventional wisdom and alternative approaches, Mary draws on a variety of therapeutic styles and techniques to incorporate what will be most helpful for each client. She works with each client to help them build on their strengths to identify and achieve their goals towards living a more meaningful life.
Mary has vast experience providing counseling services to children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples to help them resolve issues of mood disorders, stress management, codependency, grief and bereavement, addictions, and trauma (physical, emotional, and sexual).
Diana Ranta is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in working with young children (ages birth-6), school-age children, and adolescents. She holds a Master’s degree in Professional Mental Health Counseling from Lewis & Clark College. Her undergraduate degree is from Gonzaga University for psychology and Spanish. She is certified in Child-Parent Psychotherapy, a relationship-based treatment for caregivers and young children (ages birth-6), who have experienced trauma. Diana is passionate about prevention and early intervention, and about providing support to people when they need it most. She works with people to become empowered in reaching their goals and in finding healing and hope.
Diana has ten years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings, including community mental health agencies, Relief Nurseries, schools, home visiting, and residential treatment facilities. She has worked with people struggling with attachment problems, foster care and adoption, behavioral issues, emotional dysregulation, anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, domestic violence, abuse and neglect, grief and loss, parenting struggles, addictions, issues related to race and ethnicity, the LGBTQ community, and has experience working with families and people of all ages. Through her work, Diana has been able to support people on their healing journey, and to witness their resilience and capacity for healing and change.
Diana’s approach to counseling is client-centered and strengths-based. She works both on seeking solutions to current issues and on processing issues from the past as they impact current concerns. She is sensitive to how aspects of diversity and social justice may also impact concerns or challenges. In working with caregivers and children, Diana focuses on the importance of attachment and on strengthening and/or repairing the attachment bond. Diana has participated in trainings for Child-Parent Psychotherapy, play therapy and expressive arts, counseling immigrants and refugees, trauma-informed care, family therapy, and crisis intervention. Her approach to counseling is holistic and integrative, and uses approaches including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Play Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, scrap-booking, cuddling with her cat, and going for walks with her daughter.