Maria Alejandra De Araujo Sanchez, LCSW

(She, her)

Online Therapy

About Me

Hi, I’m Alex! I’m an adoptee, a mental health therapist, a social worker, a feminist, and a scientist. I have lived in five different countries on three different continents; sometimes by choice and sometimes not. In 2010 I left my first career as a computer scientist to pursue my true calling: human mental and emotional well-being. I believe that we all try our best to thrive, that old wounds and life circumstances can make it difficult, and that therapy can help us tap into our inner power to heal and find peace. My style is warm, direct, and authentic. Oh! And I grew up in France, so you may hear an accent.

Education & Experience

Degrees and trainings - Master’s in Clinical Social Work (Portland State University). - EMDR Training (EMDR Training Center, EMDRIA certified). - Clinical and Normative Issues within Adult Adoptee Populations (Rutger School of Social work). - Cross-Cultural Care in Mental Health and Depression (Amedco & Quality interactions) - National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training (C.A.S.E institute). Experience - Work in hospital settings in secured units with patients experiencing acute mental health crisis. - Academic research in neuroscience and clinical psychology. - My personal perspective as an adoptee, an international transplant, and a feminist.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Adoption
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Birth Trauma/Pregnancy Loss
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Issues
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Moral Injury
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Somatic Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • Expats
  • First Responders
  • Immigrants
  • LGBTQ+


  • English
  • French


  • Aetna
  • Sliding Scale
  • UnitedHealth

UMR, Meritain