Sundaura Lithman, also known as Sunny, holds the belief that humans are hardwired for connection, and that fostering deeper connections to all parts of ourselves (and to our communities and loved ones) paves a way for deep healing and sustained wellness. As the Social Worker for Mental Health Services at Quest, Sunny is dedicated to providing anti-oppressive, person-centered care and consistently showing up with compassion, warmth, and empathy. She approaches her work through a lens of social justice and intersectionality, understanding the relationships between individuals and the systems they interact with. This guides Sunny’s work in providing case management, advocacy, skill building, care-coordination, group facilitation, and mental health therapy at Quest.
Sunny is registered with the Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers as a Clinical Social Work Associate and holds a Masters in Social Work from Portland State University. She has a background in working with individuals experiencing homelessness, substance abuse challenges, intimate partner violence, barriers related to immigration status, as well as survivors of sexual exploitation, young people in foster care, the LGBTQ+ community, and folks involved in poly and kink communities. As a transgender woman, Sunny is especially passionate about helping Queer and Trans* individuals navigate challenging systems and barriers while supporting their strengths and resilience.
Sunny’s therapeutic work draws from Internal Family Systems therapy, attachment theory, and other strengths-based, trauma-informed approaches. Her future goals in the field include becoming certified as an Internal Family Systems practitioner and returning to school for a Ph.D in Clinical Social Work. In her free time, Sunny enjoys adventures on her motorcycle, spending time with loved ones, and working on creative projects.