when i dare to be powerful , to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether i am afraid.
— Audre Lorde

My Specialties

My major specialties and passions in both research and clinical realms include working with individuals from marginalized communities, identity, and adoption. I have ample experience working with a diversity of presenting concerns including: depression, anxiety, trauma, loss, adjustment and transitional stress, family issues, attachment concerns, stress related to oppression and microaggressions, and relationship concerns. I work primarily with adults.

The Work

Therapy is a collaborative process for me, where we both co-create meaning through our work together. As social justice is a core value of mine, the foundation of my practice is one that honors equity, intersectionality of identities, multiculturalism, and empowerment. I am an integrative practitioner, and my theoretical lens encompasses systemic, interpersonal, psychodynamic, and cognitive behavioral frameworks that can be used for several different kinds of client concerns. I respect that you are the expert of your own experiences and you know your story best, while I provide a structured space where you can explore, evolve, and process your experiences. I also value humor and realness in therapy; this means validating and challenging when appropriate with compassion and care.

Initial Consultation

If you are interested in working together, I provide a 30 minute free consultation by phone or in person. During this time, I hope to get to know you and your reasons and expectations for seeking therapy at this time. This will also be a chance for you to ask me questions about my work. Together we can explore if we will work well together based on your presenting concerns and my training and background. If we are not able to work together, I will assist you in finding another therapist who may better fit your needs. To set up an initial consultation for therapy, please contact me at: (503) 506-0028 or email me at kgarber@karingarberphd.com.


I currently have openings on Thursdays. Mondays possibly available upon request as well.