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About exhalecounseling
For the past 20 years, I have enjoyed learning from  adolescents and families about the issues important to their everyday living. Life is full of ups and downs, with loss, disappointment, pain, and sadness; there is opportunity and challenge. I enjoy being a part of this journey and helping others overcome obstacles that "get in the way" of improving health, enriching relationships, and building confidence to reach goals. As a woman of color and a youth development specialist, I have chosen to focus my  practice on adolescent girls and women.  

As a woman, there are so many roles and expectations to fulfill.  

As an adolescent, life can seem confusing, unfair, and uncertain.  

My journey as a mental health clinician began when I received an Associates Degree in Mental Health/Human Services at Mt. Hood Community College. This led me to obtain my Bachelor’s degree from Portland State University in Child and Family Studies and a Master’s degree in Social Work. I obtained my OR state license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and am a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

I am inspired by the opportunity to help you take the risk of opening your world,  living in the present, and seeing the possibilities for your future. 

There is hope to  


I look forward to meeting you and determining if we are a good fit for working together. 

 -Kim Filla, LCSW

"The miracle is not that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." -Unknown