about me....
 For the past 17 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 possiblitities for your future. There is hope to  
 LIVE NOW FULLY, AUTHENTICALLY, AND TO BE 
 PRESENT. 

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

 -Kim Filla

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my approach....

 I provide guidance and support for adolescent girls and women
 looking to improve their relationships, communication skills, self
 esteem, management of emotions, and overall health. 

 Sometimes we feel stuck in our situations. In order to make
 certain changes that positively impact our lives, we need to shift
 how we think and how we internalize our problems and stressors.  
 And, we need to heal from past wounds, hurts, and fears. 

 Each person is part of multiple systems that interact and impact
 their environment. With this in mind, family counseling sessions
 may be encouraged to discuss how the family system can
 support the young person in achieving their potential.

 Having a strengths based foundation, I draw from your unique
 assets and from Solution focused,  Cognitive behavioral (CBT)
 and Narrative therapies (NT).  CBT is based on the idea that
 how we think strongly influences how we feel and behave. It
 assumes that we can change the way we think, feel and behave
 with practice.  NT addresses the stories we tell ourselves about
 how various difficulties impact our lives. By retelling these
 stories, we can overcome those that control our lives in
 negative ways.  

 As you share your story (goals, needs, and hopes) with me, we
 will consider your emotional, behavioral and spiritual life as well  
 as the environment that surrounds you. We will look at your  
 past,present, and future to identify problems and solutions. 

 We may address...
  • Trauma
  • Adolescent Issues (Body Image, School, Bullying, Peers, Self-Esteem)
  • Life transitions, Goals, Balance
  • Motivational barriers and Procrastination
  • Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders
  • Loss or Grief
  • Stress, Emotions and Anger Management
  • Relationship issues with Partner, Family, Friends, and Others
  • Ethnic Identity, Acculturation, Coping style, and Psychological distress
  • Time management
  • Career choice, Personal development, and Burn-out
  • Lifestyle coaching
  • Health Issures