Jaime Levine, CSWA, CADC-R
Therapist at Cascades
Jaime works well with adolescents and young adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and mood disorders that manifest as substance use, self-harm, low self-esteem, and suicidal ideation. She also works well with those who struggle with emotional identification and cognitive distortions as a result of trauma. Jaime strives to create a space for clients to show up authentically through compassion and humor. She values the ability to figuratively and literally sit in the dirt with her clients in order to walk side by side with them on their journey.
Jaime also works well with families who have struggled with intergenerational trauma, domestic violence, and substance use. She works with both the families and the clients to create a new narrative for their family story.
Education and Prior Work Experience
Jaime earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with minors in African Studies and US History from the University of Pittsburgh. Throughout her time in undergrad she worked in outdoor education where she first made the connection between team building and therapeutic processing. Jaime still integrates team building initiatives and interventions as an invaluable part of group therapy. In 2015, Jaime joined Evoke Cascades and spent three and a half years working as a senior field instructor.
Her experience at Evoke led her to pursue a Master’s Degree in Social Work with the University of Washington. Jaime additionally completed a fellowship focusing on providing integrated care to rural and underserved communities. And she interned with an integrated care behavioral health outpatient clinic providing therapy for adolescents and adults from a whole health perspective.
Jaime spent the last year as an adolescent residential counselor working with youth and families who present with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. Jaime is currently trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Collaborative Problem Solving, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She draws on Relational- Cultural Theory, Person Centered Theory, as well as mindfulness and body awareness practices.
Jaime has a kind soul and has been known to connect with challenging clients quickly. Her love for the outdoors and wilderness therapy is contagious as she shows a genuine belief in the tools of the program and often finds ways for clients to feel comfortable and empowered in their new environment. Jaime views the wilderness as an opportunity to take a pause from challenging relationships, environments, and substances to re-examine the story clients want to tell. Jaime’s approach is built on breaking down unhelpful thoughts and beliefs and reconnecting with long dormant emotions in a safe and supportive environment using grounding techniques and mindfulness practices. Jaime’s training as a social worker also provides a unique lens in working with families and identifying supportive teams to create a unified treatment team for the child’s best care.
Jaime can often be found outside hiking, camping, mountain biking, or running. She lives with her partner and her chatty and loveable dog, Sawyer. She loves spending time reading in coffee shops, taking care of her plants, and exploring new crafts such as knitting and embroidery. Jaime has a passion for cooking whether on the stove or over the fire and is always exploring new cuisines.