About My Practice
From my personal and professional experience, I know that choosing to begin therapy is a courageous and vulnerable step. I also know it is one that can lead to deep healing and lasting change, so I’m excited that you’re here and exploring the start of that journey. My name is Sundaura Lithman. I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and have trained extensively in the Internal Family Systems Therapy Model. I have a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Social Work from Portland State University, and have worked in a variety of diverse environments doing community-based, residential, and out-patient work with individuals of many identities, ages, and marginalized experiences. My work as a psychotherapist has primarily been with individuals living with complex trauma, chronic pain, and people in the LGBTQ+ community. I also enjoy a focus on spirituality and spiritual healing.
As a transgender woman, and someone who has worked for years with communities impacted by systemic oppression, my work is rooted in social justice and anti-oppressive values. Internal Family Systems (IFS) normalizes the idea of having many parts of our personalities that we can befriend as allies in healing our inner and outer lives. IFS facilitates a transformative process, where fear, shame, “stuckness”, and painful memories can be safely addressed, and individuals can reclaim a more empowered and Self-led life. It incorporates elements of mindfulness and somatic practices, humanistic therapies, systems thinking, spirituality, and neuroscience. For more about this, check out this short video from IFS founder Dr. Richard Schwartz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbTFJHKVDoM&t=232s
In addition to my training in various forms of psychotherapy, my work has also been influenced by body-workers, energy healers, shamanic practitioners, teachers of yoga and breath work, and leaders in the field of psychedelic-assisted therapy.
Please feel free to send me a message if you’re interested in scheduling a session or a free 20 minute consultation. I would be honored to work with you and support you in your journey.