Silvana Espinoza Lau

(MS, LMFT)

About Me

Being in a partnership is hard and requires a lot of work. Whether you are a part of a traditional couple or any other type of open relationship or romantic system, communication is the key to expressing your needs and to meeting the needs of your partner(s) in a compassionate and empathic way. I would love to help you and your partner(s) engage in this process of honest communication, starting by having an honest conversation with yourself about what you want in your partner(s) and in life. I will not take sides, but will validate all your concerns and I will help you identify how to cope with your current challenges. If needed, and if you're willing, we will identify where your difficulties stem from and we will create a place to hold all of you all and to express your most vulnerable feelings and needs.
To do this I will rely mainly on the Gottman method, Internal Family Systems, and Emotionally Focused Therapy. I have six years of experience working with individuals, families, groups and couples. I incorporate a social justice focus in my practice and my goal is to validate all of your identities and all the parts of yourself that you will bring to therapy. I hold a Masters in Psychology from CalPoly San Luis Obispo and currently practice as an LMFT in the state of Oregon.


Specialties

  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes

I also have experience in Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue

Years of Experience: 6

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Languages

English

Spanish


Licensing

LMFT #T1601 (Expires: 2020-06-30)


Reviews

Written by J.O. on Oct 27, 2019 after counseling with Silvana for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Silvana has helped us as a couple take some first steps towards a less chaotic life after just one session.

Written by W.O. on Oct 21, 2019 after counseling with Silvana for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Silvana is very understanding, compassionate and mature, and she is a great listener, non-judgmental, and demonstrates a high skill level. In all our interactions I find her to be 100% present for me and my partner and free of any agendas other than to be of help.

Written by K.A. on Oct 21, 2019 after counseling with Silvana for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Silvana is compassionate and knowledgeable. She responds with care and in a timely manner. She’s responsive and I have felt truly understood by her. She has helped me understand myself a little better this far in the short amount of time we have had.