KENZ TAGGATZ, LPC
identities: queer, trans/non-binary
direct line: 971-345-5166
Kenz currently does telehealth and in-person sessions (mask-wearing is optional after 4/3/23) from our Westside location (1675 SW Marlow Ave, Suite 315, Portland, OR 97225).
If you have questions about insurance or other billing matters, please contact Trevor: [email protected] or 971-314-9402.
MY EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND TRAINING
After growing up in the Midwest, I moved out to the West Coast to complete my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University. Following graduation, I moved up to Portland, Oregon where I earned my Master of Arts in Professional Counseling. I chose Lewis and Clark not only for its verdant tree-covered campus, but because the programs and coursework emphasized building a therapeutic practice grounded in social justice and anti-oppression. Additionally, I completed the Lewis and Clark Eating Disorders Certificate Program which included numerous courses in that specialty area, covering topics such as Health at Every Size (HAES), mind-body connection, and the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders.
As part of my graduate program, I completed an internship with a local eating disorder treatment center where I had the opportunity to work with adolescent and adult clients of all genders at the Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) levels of care. Following my graduation from Lewis and Clark, I had the privilege of staying on as a Primary Therapist there before being given the opportunity to help open a new adult Residential Treatment Center (RTC).
Several theories and paradigms inform my practice, many of which you can see listed in the “Therapeutic Toolbox” section below. I allow my passion and curiosity to guide me in pursuing new trainings, community discussions, justice work, and other opportunities for personal and professional growth. Ultimately, my approach to therapy is rooted in compassion, connection, and curiosity. I also bring plenty of playfulness, humor, and authenticity into the therapeutic space and encourage clients to do the same. I hope to walk with you in your growth process and help you recognize your inherent strength, resilience, worthiness, and wisdom. Your experience is unique, and you are the expert on your life. Our work together will benefit from mutual, reciprocal openness and honest communication. Engaging in therapy is hard work, and I want to acknowledge the time, energy, and courage that it takes for you to commit yourself to this process. I look forward and am honored to work with you in your pursuit of growth, healing, and liberation.
MY SPECIALTY AREAS INCLUDE
- ADD/ADHD and other variations of neurodivergence (not testing)
- Anxiety and Depression
- Assertive Communication & Boundaries
- Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating + Healing Relationship with Food/Body/Movement from a Health at Every Size approach
- Identity Exploration
- Intuitive Eating + Fat Liberation
- LGBTQIA2S+ Community
- Life Transitions
- Relationship Issues (Queer, Trans, and Non-Monogamy Affirming)
- Sex & Intimacy
I work with ages 18 and older in individual therapy. I also work with couples in diverse partnerships.
TOOLS IN MY THERAPEUTIC TOOLBOX
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Attachment Theory
- Couples Erotic Flow
- Creative Expression
- Eco-Therapy concepts
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Internal Family Systems concepts
- Intersectional Feminist Therapy
- Janina Fisher’s Model of Structural Dissociation and “Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma” framework
- Mindful Self Compassion
- Narrative Therapy
- Polyvagal Theory
- Somatic therapy concepts
- Strengths- and Passion-Based
I AM IN-NETWORK WITH THE FOLLOWING INSURANCE PANELS