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Pediatric Social Worker

Joby Mahto, MSW, LCSW

Office Location(s):
NW Portland

Licensure: Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers
Education: MSW – Portland State University, Portland, OR
Internships: Portland State University, Center for Student Health and Counseling & Home Forward, Bud Clark Commons, Portland, OR

Care Philosophy

My mother was a hospice social worker who instilled in me the values of compassion, understanding, and the pursuit of meaningful change. I call on her example every day to support patients and their parents through personal challenges. I love working with children and helping families manage the many complexities of life.”

– Joby Mahto, MSW, LCSW


Although it kept ringing, Joby initially resisted the call to the helping field and instead studied art. After college, she became a teaching artist in NYC schools, where her love of art and all things creative incorporated working with kids. While making art, Joby found that children often shared their worries and feelings with her, and she wanted to help. This naturally progressed to social services work within juvenile justice and eventually to getting her master’s degree in social work.

Today, Joby loves working with children of all ages and their families to get through life’s more complicated moments. She’s always up for a challenge and ready to get those creative juices flowing to tackle an issue or setback. For Joby, the best reward in this line of work comes from seeing families make meaningful changes and progress toward their goals.

Joby’s work is based in Attachment theory, or how emotional bonds like the parent-child dynamic influence development, with help from a variety of other techniques, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and narrative work. She’s also trained in collaborative problem solving (CPS).

Social worker by day; amateur ceramicist by night, Joby returns to her artistic roots to recharge. She freely admits that she spends way too much time watching pottery videos (they’re calming!). Her happy place is in the company of her two sons and husband, hanging out and eating good food. Originally from a small coastal town in Maine, and having lived in NYC and LA, Joby feels most at home in Portland. She calls the city the best of both words for its array of urban and natural adventures.

FUN FACT: Joby spent a summer making costumes, props, and puppets for The Conan O’Brien Show, NBC, and the Rockettes!

New Patients

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