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Is something missing in your parenting or your family life? Does your child seem to be struggling even though you are doing your very best? Would you like to gain some perspective on what is happening?
I am Nancy Pearson, LCSW, and I have been working with children and families for more than 30 years. I can listen to your concerns, learn what is going on with you and your child, and help you implement changes that will bring about the positive outcomes you want.

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A Bit About Therapy

At Families Thrive, I use evidence based practices to bring about positive changes in mood, behavior, and relationships for both you and your children. Together, we deepen understanding of what is challenging your family and build skills to make the improvements you want. It is essential to keep in mind that therapy is not a magic pill or a quick fix: therapy is a growth process that necessitates participation and investment. But in the end, this investment can bring the life-altering results you desire. My services are personalized to suit your particular needs, and I go the extra mile to provide you with all the tools to make your family what you want it to be.

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"The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind."

William James

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Services Offered

Play Therapy

Child Therapy

For children of all ages


Family Mediation

Tailor made custody and parenting time plans


First Conversation, No Charge

Phone Appointment

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About Me

Exceeding Expectations One Family at a Time

I have been in practice for more than 30 years, working in client homes, offices, clinics, and schools. I work for you and with you, not on you. That means that I honor your goals, priorities, and values and work together to achieve your desired ends.


I work from an office and play space within my home so that your child can experience a more natural and less clinical setting. I lead first with building relationship, working closely with their nervous system to establish trust and cooperation of the "whole person".  I also meet directly with you, as the child's parents so that we can build an "Executive Team" that helps guide my work in the playroom.

Personal Points of View

I believe that family is the organizing principle that allows each of its members to grow and prosper. When family is going well, each individual is stronger for the experience; when it is not going well, all members suffer. I have helped thousands of families as they struggle with barriers and find solutions to harmonious living that supports the individuality of each of its members.

Having experienced the trauma of divorce first hand, I had to find ways to protect my children from the deleterious effects it can have. So I studied, and I practiced, and I took  risks both professionally and personally until I could co-parent harmoniously and coach others in how to achieve that outcome. The result is a satisfying co-parenting family life where children flourish!

There is no dispute that attachment, bonding, and attuned interpersonal relationship forms the foundation for thriving children. When that is achieved the child and the family move together as a working unit. When it is disrupted, all manner of chaos can pursue. Let me help you identify practices to help you strengthen your connections and improve the working ability of your family.

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All the Answers You Seek, In One Place


How do you work with me and my children if I want play therapy?

If you are seeking support that involves your child, we will usually set it up in a rhythmic pattern so that I can get to know both you and your child separately. Our first contact is a free 30 minute consultation where you and I talk about what you are looking for. After that, we schedule a parent meeting where I can meet you and learn more about your concerns. That is then followed by five or six sessions of play therapy with your child. The session following that then goes back to me meeting with you as parent and the pattern repeats until you feel that your outcomes have been achieved. We will discuss if, and when, we bring the entire family together at once.

What is your practice setting like?

I work from my home office in the Sellwood neighborhood of SE Portland. Here I am most resourced to work with your child in an expansive way; we may play in the sandbox, cook in the kitchen, or explore the outdoors. 


Where We Meet


The Sand Tray in the Play Room


In loving memory of Sophie, the therapy dog of 16 and a half years. She is deeply missed.

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... is the place where you can get sensitive, experienced, professional assistance that will help you and your family get back on track again. All members are respected for their needs and wants and we will work together to make your family a harmonious and joyful experience. Don't delay; this is one of the most important steps you can take. Let yourselves be supported and nurtured so that you can enjoy your family life to its fullest!

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Contact Me

At Families Thrive, your child's mental health and well-being is important to me. I love helping my patients develop the tools they need to cope with all of life’s challenges and I get great satisfaction from seeing them heal and thrive. Contact me today to see how I can help you and let’s discuss the wide range of options at your disposal.

Address: 1005 SE Marion Street, Portland, OR 97202

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