Slavica Kojadinovic, LCSW
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Co-Chief Clinical Officer
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Connections Informed Care trainer and consultant
Being a Relational Therapist trainer and consultant
Licensure and Clinical supervisor and consultant
Slavica Kojadinovic, LCSW, is a co-founder, Co-chief Clinical Officer and Co-chief Executive Officer of ConnectionsFirst.
Slavica is originally from Bosnia & Herzegovina (former Yugoslavia). She completed her undergraduate and graduate schooling in Portland, Oregon, with a strong interest in studying embodied connections of trauma and shame as driving forces of complexity of human expression and suffering. She has over 20 years of experience in the helping profession working with a diverse range of individuals, couples, and families through difficult life transitions.
Her years in learning many theories of working with human experiences of trauma and shame have resulted in a deep orientation that our truth, our stories, the wisdom to our salvage lie in the integrity of our bodies. When we learn to listen to our nervous system we get to heal through an ongoing learning of its vulnerabilities, transparency, and desire for integrity. And as such we develop stronger connections with self and interpersonally. As a result we then get to create a healing and flourishing community.
In addition to providing adult individual and group mental health therapy, Slavica provides clinical and licensure supervision, consultations and training for her staff and for community service providers. She co-developed a treatment approach she named Connections Informed Care and teaches this approach to her clinical team.
Slavica tailors treatments by intermittenly applying “bottom -up” and “top- down” focused somatic mindfulness, experiential, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and strength based approaches.
She uses working models and theories from:
Compassionate Inquiry training by Dr. Gabor Mate
Brainspotting by Dr. David Grand
EMDR by the EMDRIA institute
Polyvagal theory by Dr. Stephen Porges
The Daring Way by Dr. Brene Brown
Internal Family Systems (IFS) by Dr. Richard Schwartz
Interpersonal Neurobiology theory by Dr. Daniel Siegel
and evidence-based Yoga practices for mood management and trauma
She currently does not take new patients.