Lissy Navantu, LMSW

Sometimes we get stuck in our journey towards healing. Whether this is due to trauma, self-imposed narratives, or any other hurdle we may be grappling with, psychotherapy allows us to have company in that struggle.  I am here to shine light on what you already deeply know about yourself but may have trouble seeing – to help you tap into your own unique way of healing and thriving.


Our work together is a collaborative experience between client and therapist, and I make it a point to honor your expertise on your life.  We both bring useful skills and valid perspectives into the room and together we can find a path towards health and wellness.

I maintain a deep commitment to anti-oppression work, restorative justice, and harm-reduction frameworks. As such, I focus keenly on holding space for both a client’s lived experience as well as the broader economic and historic contexts in which we all live.

In my practice, I bring warmth, authenticity, and curiosity. I take an eclectic approach to therapy, combining a relational style with behavioral modalities and the use of art to help externalize internal experiences. I’m especially passionate about working with the LGBTQ community, sex workers, communities of color, and youth.

I did my undergraduate studies at University of Portland and my graduate training at New York University, with both degrees in social work. In addition, I am formally trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Functional Family Therapy. My clinical background focuses on gender, trauma, and the impact of early childhood attachment on adulthood.  I have worked with clients with a broad range of experiences, including complex trauma, depression, anxiety, mood fluctuation, personality struggles, abuse and neglect, self-harm, and suicidal ideation.

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