About Me

Julianna WatersHi, my name is Julianna Waters, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and I’m a psychotherapist based in Portland, Oregon.

I moved to Portland in 1992 after earning my Masters Degree in Social Welfare from the University of California at Berkeley in 1991. I enjoy a general practice, but over the years have come to specialize in working with individuals who are dealing with both medical and emotional issues including chronic and acute illnesses, chronic pain, traumatic injury recovery, and end of life care. I’m also interested in depression, anxiety, social isolation, relationship issues and vocational concerns.

In my other life, I’m a working musician and writer. I studied piano as a child and wrote songs, poetry and prose in my teens. As a young woman, I studied opera, guitar, poetry and creative writing. Over time, I developed the writing practice that is a part of my life to this day. This creative practice makes my life as a performing artist and writer possible.

I’ve been fortunate to be recognized for my efforts as a songwriter. In 2010, I won the Wildflower Performing Songwriter Contest. I have also been a Finalist in the Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Contest two years running, a Western Region Finalist in the Mountain Stage New Song Contest, and showcased by the Oregon Literary Review.

During the last five years, I’ve worked to integrate the creative with the clinical. The results have amazed me. Using poetry, prose, and songwriting, my clients spiral deep within themselves in a search for their own personal truths about who they are, who they have been and who they want to be. Using these same tools, we can not only make discoveries, but make concrete changes in ourselves that benefit our families and our communities.

Thresholds             Bridges            Journeys

One leads to the other, round and round
in a constant spiral of self discovery.

 Story, Poetry, Prose & Song

 These are the tools of my trade,
the fuel that feeds my fire.

Rainbow over cliffs