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.
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.
Erin Webb is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Art Therapist. She received her Master’s degree in Art Therapy from Marylhurst University in 2001. Erin has been working with youth and families in mental health and educational settings for many years. Her experience includes nine years of providing intensive treatment services to youth and families in the Portland metro area. She also coordinated a literacy and art-based therapeutic visitation program for incarcerated mothers and their children. Erin specializes in working with youth who are struggling at home and school due to changes and loss, lagging skills, being highly sensitive, learning differences, anxiety, depression and the effects of adverse childhood experiences.
Erin is trained in Art Therapy and she is influenced by Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy and Mindfulness. She uses a Collaborative Problem Solving approach to support youth and families with open communication, perspective taking, empathy, resolution of ongoing challenges, and a greater sense of connectedness.
Erin works closely with parents and values their knowledge, insights and experiential wisdom about their children. Sessions with Erin will involve practicing Collaborative Problem Solving conversations and Art Therapy activities may be integrated. Art Therapy supports youth and families with gaining insight, learning from the past, visualizing goals, and recognizing progress. Erin believes we can all benefit from getting out of our left brains to explore emotions, problems, and experiences in a more playful and creative way.
Erin loves supporting and guiding youth as they learn to self-advocate, manage emotions and stress better, practice healthy boundaries and feel more comfortable being themselves. She will listen closely to your son or daughter and offer support, validation and humor. She will also encourage them to consider other perspectives, take responsibility, set goals and envision their future. Erin enjoys getting to know families and helping parents with the many challenges of parenting. Her style is interactive, empathic, warm, direct and intuitive.