Silvana Espinoza Lau


About Me

I am a Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Oregon. I hold a Masters in Psychology from CalPoly San Luis Obispo and a bachelors in Psychology from overseas. I have worked in outpatient and in residential settings with individuals, couples, families, and groups. I am grateful to have worked with underrepresented and marginalised communities with a social justice focus.
My goal for counselling is to be able to create a safe space free of judgment, where you can learn to live according to your values and where you can learn to be comfortable with your own true self. I believe that the alignment of thoughts, feelings, and actions is what helps you overcome most of the problems that life puts in front of you. As a minority, I aim to acknowledge all of your identities and to help you figure out what other identities you are not aware of or comfortable with.
In my practice I use Acceptance and Commitment therapy, as I believe that the healing process should be one of learning to cope with our thoughts and feelings in the moment, and it should not be a constant struggle to control or deny emotions, or distract our minds from our own processes. I believe that all our parts should be acknowledged and validated. I believe that it is important to be aware of our own set of values instead of trying to live life according to someone else's expectations.
I incorporate Feminist therapy, Liberation therapy, Narrative therapy, CBT, solution focused therapy and motivational interviewing. And if you are willing, we could embark on a deeper journey of learning to have a healthy relationship with yourself and with others in the here and now.


  • Relationship issues
  • Grief
  • Coping with life changes
  • Compassion fatigue
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , LGBT , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Existential Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy

Years of Experience: 7

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video





LMFT #T1601 (Expires: 2021-06-30)


Written by S.A. on Feb 13, 2020 after counseling with Silvana for 2 weeks

She is amazing. I'm very grateful.

Written by R.O. on Feb 13, 2020 after counseling with Silvana for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Great. Easy to talk to and really hones in to my feelings and thoughts.

Written by D.A. on Feb 06, 2020 after counseling with Silvana for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and anger management

It is great to have counselors of diversity. The cultural bias that exists throughout society is alleviated by having a counselor who understands dominant culture privilege and its intersection with many subgroups. Thank you.