Beth Klein, LCSW

My name is Beth Klein and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Milwaukie and Oregon City, OR. I have been working in a professional capacity in the mental health and social services fields for over 30 years, as a Clinical Social Worker since 1999 and as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Oregon since
2003. I have supported individuals of all ages in their homes, community and office settings, and worked in community mental health, treatment foster care, schools and psychiatric residential facilities. I entered the field as skills trainer providing vocational coaching and supporting the activities of daily living for adults with serious and persistent mental illness. I have provided individual and group counseling to middle and high school students; behavioral support to students in special education settings; individual therapy and case management for adolescents involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems; family therapy, crisis intervention and behavioral coaching to the parents and therapeutic foster parents of adolescents; clinical supervision and hands-on training to new clinicians and therapists in community mental health agencies; and professional training and consultation for agencies implementing specific evidence-based
models of treatment.

Treatment orientations

My approach to therapy is uniquely tailored to each person and situation. Though I am trained as a family therapist and view all problems as interactional and interdependent, I also incorporate a combination of therapy modalities in my practice, including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Informed, PolyvagalTheory, Mindful Self-compassion, Positive Psychology, Collaborative Problem Solving, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills, Neurobehavioral Model, behavioral interventions, Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. I have specialized training in working with people who are involved with foster care, adoption and/or have Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. I believe that each person is doing the very best that they can, is innately resilient and has the capacity to grow – even when you cannot see these things in yourself. My job is to create a space where you feel safe to explore difficult thoughts and feelings and to lead you through the healing process with warmth, kindness, authenticity, vulnerability, empathy and humor. Throughout this scared journey, I encourage you to give me feedback to ensure that your needs and goals are being met. When our work together is completed, my hope is that you feel: more empowered, grounded and skillful in dealing with stressful events; more physically and emotionally present in your body; a greater sense of trust and confidence in yourself and your abilities; less guilt, shame, defensiveness and insecurity; and a deepened sense of closeness and connection with the people who are important to you.

I provide individual therapy to adults who may be experiencing:

  • Depression & mood disorders
  • Anxiety, panic & chronic worry
  • Work stress & burnout
  • Relationship issues & divorce
  • Caregiver burden/burnout
  • Grief & loss
  • Adjustment to complex medical issues or conditions
  • Self-esteem & negative self-image
  • Trauma, vicarious trauma & toxic stress
  • Anger
  • Social isolation
  • Attention issues & executive functioning challenges
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Learning disabilities
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Adolescent emotional & behavioral challenges

I work to serve anyone without judgment to race, gender, financial status, sexual orientation, disability/ability, religion/spirituality/non-belief, urban, rural, or unhoused.

Education

Oregon State University, BS (Psychology and Human Services), June 1992

Boston University, MSW (Social Work), May 1999

Post Graduate Training Certificate in Adoptive & Foster Family Therapy, Portland State University, February 2019

Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy “6-Day Training,” The Wellness Institute, July 2019

6-Day S.A.F.E. Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Training, Personal Transformation Institute, May 2022

OR License Number: L3710

Elizabeth “Beth” Klein, LCSW

Pronouns: She/her/hers