Whether you’re struggling with a particular issue, or just can’t shake the feeling that there should be more to life, R.A.A.P. Counseling and Consulting can help. We provide a caring environment in which you can identify and explore those issues that may be getting in the way of a more rewarding life and career, or of more fulfilling relationships with friends and family. The goal is to help provide you with necessary insights and tools needed to move beyond limiting beliefs and behaviors.
About DeShawn Williams, LCSW
DeShawn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who was born and raised in Portland, OR. He has worked in the field of clinical social work for the last nine years with a specific focus and passion of serving youth and their families. DeShawn recognizes the need to offer keen clinical insight in treating symptoms related to depression, anxiety, trauma, other mood disorders, adjustment disorders and negative behavioral presentation. He has provided an array of support services in several settings, such as Children’s Behavioral Health in Salem, residential services in Gladstone and Multnomah County Mental Health and Addiction Services in the greater Metro areas within Portland where he has worked for the past four years.
DeShawn is passionate about working with youth of color and their families and has an empathic understanding of the various barriers and challenges youth of color and their families face with addressing concerns of mental illness and stress. He provides cultural responsive and specific services which allows him to work with families through a lens that is both honoring and respecting as they seek assistance in a system of a dominant culture. DeShawn strives to see individuals and families brought into alignment who are healthy, happy, and functioning at their greatest capacity.
"I had been dealing with anxiety and a lack of self confidence when I sought out DeShawn's help. Through his insight, mindfulness, and constructive exercises I have now been able to face life's challenges with a stronger sense of self and a wider range of tools and at my disposal. Both my own well being and in turn my career have dramatically improved over the course of my sessions with DeShawn. His thoughtful responses and questions brought me to the core of issues I was struggling with and helped me face them with a more informed perspective. No matter how hard or easy life can feel at times, I will continue to seek out DeShawn's guidance on the path to pursuing the best in myself."