Licensed Clinical Social Worker
CHERYL CALDERON, LCSW
With compassion, warmth, and curiosity, I create a safe space for adults at every stage of life to explore their deepest selves, free of judgement, critique, and problem-solving. Working collaboratively, I use evidence-based approaches to help my clients discover, define, and achieve their own goals.
Sometimes realizing these goals requires practical, hands-on solutions or connections to additional resources. Other times, achieving these goals requires deeper work – I will be there for both. I am especially drawn to helping people who have complicated lives, including those who have had limited success with counseling in the past. I have advanced training as a Ketamine Therapist (through Polaris Institute) and now offer Ketamine Therapy in Portland. I am also highly intuitive and meld my natural ability to attune to others with my Master's level training in the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) to help my clients feel seen and heard on the deepest level.
I have over three decades of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. The opportunity to help others find their strength has been the greatest gift of my life. I earned both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from Walla Walla University, and a Certificate in Palliative and End-of-Life Care from Smith College. During my two-decade career as a Medical Social Worker with Kaiser Permanente, I worked holistically with a multidisciplinary team to counsel patients and their families on end-of-life care, including counseling family members of all ages on concerns related to death, loss, and grief. I have specialized experience in cancer care and am a survivor of cancer myself. I am also an LGBTQ+ friendly counselor and will draw upon my experiences in the LGBTQ+ community to serve clients.
In addition to my clinical work, I am an avid world traveler and scuba diver. I am always excited to experience new cultures and find deep solace and connection in nature, especially around water. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the States of Washington (license no. LW 60436991) and Oregon (license no. L2914) and can serve clients living in both states.
Your journey is beautifully and uniquely your own. Follow the path that is healing your heart and soul. You are so brave to walk this courageous adventure.