503-746-3373

Our Story

Our Story

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. Schedule your appointment with us today.

Why We’re Unique

  • Our therapists at our Portland counseling practice are highly trained in counseling for young children, new mothers, and couples.
  • Our treatment rooms are designed for children to feel comfortable and have fun, with plenty of toys and art supplies.
  • New parents are welcome to bring babies to sessions.
  • We believe that there is no one right way to parent or to be a family, and we respect and honor your family’s values and beliefs.

Our Therapists

Kaleigh Boysen-Quinata

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Not Accepting New Clients
BCBS, Cigna, Moda, Pacific Source, OHP

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.

portland counseling
portland counseling

Diana Ranta

Licenced Professional Counselor

Not Accepting New Clients
BCBS, Cigna, Moda, Pacific Source, OHP

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.

portland counseling

Zoë Martinini

Professional Counselor Associate

Waitlist 
OHP, Cigna, or direct payment ($125/session)

Zoë Martinini is passionate about working with adolescents and people entering adulthood. She believes in the healing power of connection and empowers clients of all ages to play an active role in their healing. Her background includes community counseling, school-based mental health, grief support groups for youth, and eating disorder treatment for adolescents. She has worked with children, adolescents, adult individuals, and couples, on issues surrounding anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, body image and disordered eating, and identity.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, Zoë’s approach to counseling is client-centered and experiential. She is influenced by Expressive Arts Therapy, Play Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Mindful Self-Compassion. She is a body-positive practitioner and is sensitive to the influence of societal systems, cultural background, and current and past relationships. She holds a Master’s degree in Professional Mental Health Counseling from Lewis & Clark Graduate School, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater from Occidental College.

portland counseling

Emily Davis

Professional Counselor Associate

Waitlist   
OHP, Cigna, or direct payment ($125/session)

Emily Davis views therapy as a collaborative, unfolding process that considers individuals holistically. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor associate who draws from feminist and somatic approaches, using mindfulness-based practices to help clients reconnect with their centered-selves, eachother, and broader structures of support and thriving. Clients can expect a safe and nonjudgmental, holding space- Emily strives to incorporate anti-oppressive frameworks into her practice, holding client’s social and cultural contexts. She believes that much of individual challenges are related to structural violence and that we hold this trauma in our bodies. Emily enjoys helping clients tune into their embodied experience in order to release stress or pain, and more fully engage with their emotional experiences.

Emily holds a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Portland State University where her coursework centered around multicultural and justice issues. She has experience working with individuals, couples, and groups. And has specific skill in using a trauma-informed approach to support those experiencing intimate partner and domestic violence. Emily enjoys working with people who have a history of complex trauma or PTSD; queer, trans, gender non-conforming and questioning folks; individuals and relationships who are non-monogamous; and those dealing with the impacts of oppression. She has additional training as a hatha and prenatal yoga instructor, embracing the mind-body connection. As a birth doula she has experience working with folks during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum transitions; and is knowledgeable about resources, emotions, and relational dynamics during this wildly powerful time. Generally, Emily believes that people are drawn towards wholeness and that therapy can be a tool for liberatory change for ourselves, our relationships, and communities.

portland counseling

Kelly Mehigan

Clinical Social Work Associate

Currently Accepting New Clients
OHP, or direct payment ($125/session)

Kelly believes that the therapeutic relationship is at the core of individual and family work. She strives to make therapy a safe and open environment for every individual she encounters.  Kelly centers her individual work on providing compassion, addressing narratives, and building strength for managing life’s many transitions.  When working with children, Kelly believes in the power of play, art, and connection to build relationships and skill-building along with processing challenging life events.  In family work, Kelly supports increasing communication, building compassion and connection while honoring families’ inherent strengths and background. In individual therapy with adults, our work will be geared towards finding balance in navigating the unknown and building coping tools to manage life’s stressors.  In all aspects of Kelly’s work, she is acknowledging systems of oppression and is committed to the ongoing development of working from an anti-oppressive and affirming lens.

Kelly is a Clinical Social Work Associate who received her Masters in Social Work at Portland State University with a focus on Children and Families.  Kelly’s approach is client-centered and family-focused, she utilizes a strength-based lens with all of her clients.  Kelly has training in attachment theory, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Collaborative Problem Solving, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Art and Play therapy, and Mindfulness. She employs an eclectic approach depending on her client’s needs. Kelly has worked with children and families in community-based, school-based, and a variety of settings for 10+ years.  Kelly is a lifelong learner and frequently accesses community training and seminars to support her learning and professional development as a therapist.

portland counseling

Cynee Godshall

Professional Counselor Associate; Art Therapist

Waitlist  
OHP, Cigna, or direct payment ($125/session)

I see therapy as a process of becoming an ally to yourself so that you have a sense of groundedness in stress, security in relationships, and balance within uncertainties. I treat everyone with compassion and warmth, as I believe progress happens within relationships.  As both an art therapist and professional counselor associate, my approach adjusts to what you need, but I am rooted in strengths-based, trauma-informed, emotions-focused, attachment, and systems theories. I also frequently use techniques based in mindfulness and self-compassion, and I support emotional expression/understanding, self-empowerment, and healthy relationships. Art therapy is uniquely helpful in safely expressing something that might be too hard to put into words, understanding yourself more deeply, metabolizing a feeling, integrating different parts of yourself, soothing your nervous system, and more. Together we may explore what your artwork means to you, but I will not analyze or interpret it for you. I support whatever process serves you best, so if art therapy isn’t your jam, I am also trained as a counselor. I practice cultural humility and seek to understand and support you within your unique experience of relationships, culture, and systems.

I work especially well with adults and children experiencing anxiety, grief, burnout/overwhelm, attachment-related trauma, depression, and recovery from domestic violence. I have my master’s in Art Therapy from Lewis & Clark College and am working towards two licensures: art therapy and professional counseling. Nearly all of my clinical experience has been with people who have experienced trauma, ranging from children (6+) adolescents, and young and older adults. I have special training in trauma, domestic violence, and crisis support. As an art therapist, I have worked with adult survivors of domestic violence, children and adolescents in a psychiatric facility, and as a community-based therapist for children and teens in crisis. Prior, I have worked as a support for adults with disabilities, and as a professional people photographer. When I’m not working, I love to make art and go backpacking.

portland counseling

Stephanie MacDonald

Professional Counselor Associate

Currently Accepting New Clients
OHP, Cigna, or direct payment ($125/session)

Stephanie (she/her/hers) emphasizes a collaborative therapeutic relationship at the core of her practice and works to provide a safe, inviting, and accepting relationship with each of her clients. Stephanie’s approach to counseling is client-centered and strengths-based. She works with theories such as Interpersonal Neurobiology, Child-Centered Play Therapy, Synergetic Play Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and utilizes a feminist and social justice-focused lens. Stephanie believes that each individual’s struggle is laced with societal influences that can cause or exacerbate personal trauma. She strives to incorporate anti-oppressive frameworks into her counseling practice and holds clients’ identities and experiences with acceptance, non-judgment, and cultural humility.

Stephanie is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate with a Master’s Degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Gender Studies, both from Portland State University. She specializes in working with preschool and elementary aged children and providing parent coaching to their grown-ups, as well as couples/relationship counseling, and peri-natal counseling. She has worked with children, adult individuals, families, and couples/relationships on issues such as anxiety, depression, grief, child behavioral concerns, family transitions, adoption/foster care, trauma, parent coaching, relationship conflict, interpersonal violence, gender, and sexual identity, and more.

Stephanie believes that each individual, regardless of age, is drawn toward healing and wholeness, and her goal is to be a guide to help each individual or family learn how to listen to and follow their internal compass and gain insight into their own values and intentions.

In her free time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her teenager and their 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 4 chickens! She also enjoys vegetable gardening, hiking, spending time with loved ones, and enjoying nature and live music (safely!).

portland counseling

Brettyn Gibson

Marriage & Family Therapist Associate

Currently Accepting New Clients  – aged 0-11 or adults for parent-child psychology/parent coaching
OHP, Cigna, or direct payment ($125/session)

Brettyn’s goal is to support young children to strive for self-actualization through relationships, including nurturing the relationships with their important adults and family members. She is a Marriage and Family Therapy Associate who specializes in working with infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers, and school-aged children.

In her undergraduate training to be an elementary school teacher, Brettyn found herself increasingly drawn to work with children around the challenges they were facing outside of the classroom. Following that desire led her to complete her master’s degree in Marriage, Couples, and Family counseling as well as a graduate certificate in Infant/Toddler Mental Health from Portland State University. She has worked with children for more than ten years in a variety of settingsincluding schools, Relief Nurseries, community mental health agencies, and home visiting. Brettyn has also taught a course in child and adolescent counseling at Portland State University.

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; and is currently receiving training in pursuit of certification as a Registered Play Therapist using Child-Centered Play Therapy. Child-Centered Play Therapy is an interpersonal, dynamic relationship between a child and a counselor trained in play therapy procedures. Play therapists work to provide a safe, non-threatening environment where children can express their emotions, learn skills, develop self-control, and build self-esteem.

Outside of the counseling room, Brettyn enjoys spending time in nature and being active, especially, hiking, backpacking, running, and playing soccer.

portland counseling

Kerry Conroy

Professional Counselor Associate

Currently Accepting New Clients
OHP, Cigna, or direct payment ($125/session)

Kerry (he/him/his) believes that from time to time we get “stuck”, and that given right circumstances, unconditional positive regard, and support everyone has it in them to “unstick” themselves creating a personally fulfilling life. Kerry believes that each client is the expert in their own life, and it is his job to listen, validate, and from time-to-time challenge negative or unproductive narratives. For Kerry, counseling is a collaborative process where you are supported in making decisions about your life.

Kerry is a Licensed Professional Counseling Associate, and received a master’s degree in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling from Portland State University. As well as a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University. What Kerry enjoys most about therapy is the uniqueness of every client, from child to adult, individuals, relationships, and families. During sessions Kerry will bring elements of Existential Humanist theory, Mindfulness, Collaborative Problem Solving, Expressive Arts, and Child-Centered Play Therapy. Kerry enjoys working with children 6+, teens, adults, relationships, on issues like grief, anxiety, depression, identity and LGBTQIA+ community.

In his free time, Kerry enjoys spending time with his husband, their two dogs, cooking, traveling, and playing games. Throughout his life Kerry has been to 49 of the 50 states, with Alaska being the last one he needs to visit.

portland counseling

Lindsey Lundin

Professional Counselor Associate

Currently Accepting New Clients
OHP, Cigna, or direct payment ($125/session)

I am passionate about working with teens, adults, and relationships. I approach therapy in a collaborative way, emphasizing compassion, curiosity, and safety in my work with clients. I believe that humans have the potential for deeper self-awareness and growing the capacity for understanding the hurt and trauma that impacts their lives. In using a framework of warmth, non-judgement, and cultural humility, I believe that the therapeutic relationship can offer deep support for clients in exploring their inner world and identities, expanding their awareness, building skills, and increasing self-compassion.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate that graduated from Portland State University in 2021 with a Master’s in Counseling and a background in development and education. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is dependent on building safety and trust, which means approaching my work with clients at a pace that they feel comfortable with. My work centers on understanding attachments, narratives and behavior patterns that impact my client’s lives and relationships. I support clients in their work towards feeling empowered and curious about their own lives while also acknowledging systems of power and oppression that impact their lived experiences. I use elements of Internal Family Systems, Person-Centered Therapy and Emotion-Focused Therapy with a lens of social justice and equity throughout my work. I believe that therapy can be a catalyst for change and can have significant positive impacts on your life, relationships, and the communities you are a part of.

portland counseling

Natasha Marquez

Marriage & Family Therapist Associate

Currently Accepting New Clients
OHP, Cigna, or direct payment ($125/session)

Natasha values the therapeutic relationship and naturally creates a warm, supportive, and non-judgmental environment with all of her clients. She takes a collaborative stance, allowing clients to create their own goals and feel as though they are in control of their own therapeutic journey. She recognizes that no two people are the same, and although individuals may be seeking help for similar issues, therapy is a very individualized process. Over time Natasha has come to develop a wide set of skills in order to provide the utmost level of care, such as systemic thinking, cognitive-behavioral therapy, humanistic approach, and much more! She genuinely cares about her client’s needs and hopes to help clients create a change within their current context.

Natasha is a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California Lutheran University and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She has worked with various populations such as couples, families, adolescents, adults, and children, helping clients with relationship struggles, anxiety, depression, trauma, gender, and sexual identity, parent coaching and more.

Natasha believes that each person has the ability to create the change they are searching for, emphasizing that by coming to therapy they are already taking that initial step towards self-actualization! Therapy is all about finding alternative patterns and new ways of thinking in order to reach one’s goals and maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle that suits them. Natasha is passionate about helping clients overcome their struggles and looks forward to doing the work as a team!

portland counseling

Avery Bill-Povidailo

Clinical Social Work Associate

Waitlist 
OHP, or direct payment ($125/session)

Avery is a Clinical Social Work Associate who received her Master’s degree from Portland State University in 2015. Avery believes in the power of creating lasting, positive growth and gaining insight through a warm and genuine therapeutic relationship. She utilizes a collaborative, client centered approach built on the foundation that humans naturally work towards healing. She is passionate about providing information about how the brain works and views therapy and play as a means to achieving greater integration of the brain that can enhance our functioning and regulation through all of life’s ups and downs.

Avery is eager to work with school age children, couples, and individuals to create meaningful change. She has worked in primary healthcare and community mental health with a focus on holistic health and seeing the client within their environment. She utilizes child-centered play therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness, and interpersonal neurobiology in her practice. In her free time Avery enjoys cooking, nature, camping, and yoga. 

portland counseling

Becca Houk

Student Intern

Currently Accepting New Clients
OHP, or direct payment ($50/session)

Throughout my educational journey, I have come to view the therapeutic process and relationship as a collaborative one. I operate from a systems perspective which means when working with clients, I take into account and help them process how all their relationships and the greater systems (culture, race, capitalism etc.) at play are influencing their lives. I have a passion for families and couples, specifically topics surrounding premarital counseling, helping couples reconnect and strengthen their intimacy, discernment counseling for couples considering splitting up, pre-teen and teenager behavioral problems, difficult transitions, sexuality, sexual shame/healing, and spiritual counseling. Some of my counseling techniques are drawn from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. I believe that every client is different and has different needs, and thus it is important to me to have access to a wide variety of techniques that I can draw upon to be the most helpful for my clients. Life can be very difficult, and my ultimate goal for our time together is to come alongside you to help you ease your burdens and create that positive, lasting change you desire.
I look forward to connecting with you!

portland counseling

Jezaiah Valencia

Student Intern

Currently Accepting New Clients
OHP, or direct payment ($50/session)

Jezaiah believes that each individual has the potential to reach life satisfaction through self-exploration. As your counselor, she aspires to become a facilitator in helping you navigate challenges within yourself and interpersonal relationships to achieve the fulfillment that everyone strives for. While every individual has a special story, she will accept you as you are with nonjudgmental empathy and warmth using a strengths-based approach. As your counselor, Jezaiah’s hope is to support and encourage you towards discovering who you are and within your relationships so you may feel empowered throughout your life.

Jezaiah received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Guam. She is currently a student at Portland State University working towards her Master of Arts degree in Counseling with a focus in Marriage, Couples, and Family. Jezaiah has worked briefly in family visitation/exchange centers in which she assisted with family exchanges and ensured a safe environment for youth. She is trained and has worked with young children with special needs and is licensed as a Behavioral Analyst Interventionist.

Jezaiah’s counseling style is relational-focused because she believes an individual’s state of well-being is vastly influenced by the relationships they experience in their lifetime. Her approach in counseling consists of elements from Emotionally-Focused Therapy, Attachment theory, and Solution-Focused Therapy.

7346 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213

family counseling