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A bit about me: My name is Greta, and I'm a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Oregon.
Seeking my own path to healing long ago sparked my passion for supporting others in this work. I started out in the mental health field working with unhoused folks and later serving as a suicide and mental health hotline crisis counselor for five years where I assisted DV survivors, military veterans, adolescent and adult callers in their worst and most frightening moments. During and after graduate school, I pursued training in somatic psychotherapy, EMDR, Gestalt, Lifespan Integration and IFS. After my clinical internship in community mental health, I opened my private practice in 2020, just as the pandemic was getting underway.
My style is collaborative, deeply intuitive, and incorporates methods that are research-proven (EMDR having the most robust research base to date). My philosophy is imbued with the egalitarian principles of feminism, social justice and nonviolence. I welcome clients from all genders, races, ethnicities and walks of life. I treat individual adults ages 18 and up. 
Many of my clients seek help because of debilitating anxiety, depression, relationship problems, or trauma symptoms.
Others seek a little extra support during life transitions and when grappling with the big existential questions, like "What is the ruling passion of my soul?" ... "What will it take for my life to be meaningful?" ... "What are my moral obligations?" ... "What does it mean to be a good person in this modern context?" and so on. Entering therapy can feel vulnerable and challenging, yet the potential rewards are well worth the discomfort.

I believe therapy should be life-changing. The research is clear that therapy helps, and that a "good fit" between the helper and the one helped is the primary agent of change. This concept of fit is hard to quantify; it may not follow any obvious logic, and it may even change over time. I encourage you to interview several therapists before making a decision, and to trust your gut in making that choice. To that end, many therapists offer a free consultation so you can get a sense of good/good-enough fit. I offer that too. Please email me if you'd like to set up a time to chat.



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EMDR


Trauma is *any* experience that is too overwhelming for us to process at the time. The nature of the event itself is not what matters; rather it is how your mind-body system processes or fails to process the experience. The after-effects of a trauma range widely. Some people experience flashbacks, nightmares and intrusive thoughts. Others can have strong emotional states that feel out of control and like vast overreactions to the present situation. Some people report feeling "blank," or numb. With EMDR, we harness the brain's natural healing ability. EMDR is helpful in addressing a variety of issues such as core negative beliefs, phobias, and more.

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Lifespan Integration

Lifespan Integration (LI) is a gentle cousin of EMDR created by former EMDR therapist Peggy Pace in 2002. LI also uses the natural healing capacities of the brain-body system. Similar to EMDR, with LI, we can help you make sense of your story, heal old wounds and strengthen your inner resources. How it differs: LI is a more gentle approach than EMDR, and while it offers a powerful healing experience, the immediate impacts tend to be less intense. An aspect of LI that I deeply appreciate is how it offers direct help and repair to what you might call your "inner child(ren)," or in the IFS model your "child part(s)" or "exile(s)." As a rule, children need help making sense of and understanding their life stories. Children who missed out on the attuned, compassionate and competent care that all kids need are forced to make meanings for themselves, unmediated by a compassionate, wise adult. The meanings that traumatized children make -- especially when the source of the trauma is the caregiver -- tend to be of the "it was my fault," or "I must be bad" variety. These meanings in turn can be the secret drivers in our lives. By having you sit in a mindful, quiet state as we go through the time line of your life, we tell, and then re-tell, and tell again, the story of your life to your whole mind-body system. As we do so, your autobiographical narrative becomes more cohesive, and includes more adaptive, self-supporting interpretations of events. This process leads to a natural, spontaneous increase in compassion and self-love -- the foundation for healthy relationships. For more about this remarkable healing process, please see the introduction video below.

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Hakomi


Based in mindfulness and nonviolence, Hakomi Psychology assumes we each have an Organic Self with an innate drive toward wholeness and health. This underlying principle is shared with almost all other therapy modalities. Similar to IFS, Hakomi has a primary focus on helping you cultivate a friendly, nonjudgmental relationship with your whole self. With this approach, we help you get deeply curious about your inner world; here, your body acts as a doorway to a deeper understanding of core beliefs, assumptions and attitudes about yourself and your world. As we bring these elements more into your conscious awareness, you get more choice, and leverage to transform old patterns of thought that may be keeping you small. One of my clients described Hakomi therapy as "facilitated meditation," and most clients are surprised by how powerful the experience of turning inward feels, using this method.

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Therapy for Anxiety & Depression

Anxiety and depression can be mild, daily visitors set on a low hum, or they can be debilitating and extreme. Both can feel a lot like you're living with an enemy on the inside. Driving on the freeway, being in a social environment with others, and any number of other daily activities can become infused with out-of-control panic or anxiety. Depression symptoms may leave you feeling hopeless, unmotivated, fatigued, or flattened by shame and self-doubt. Avoidance becomes a problematic go-to behavior: avoidance of going places or being with people, avoidance of setting needed boundaries or having difficult but necessary conversations, even avoidance of being with your own emotions. Whether your symptoms are mild or severe, adding a professional perspective can help. I find that the clients I work with do best with a tailored, integrative approach--meaning we pull from a variety of techniques to address your specific situation. We can build you a toolkit and perhaps explore root causes/beliefs that keep you stuck. Please take heart; even though it may seem impossible to you now, this truly can change and you can feel better. Our time is short; you deserve to live a life in which you feel a sense of belonging, freedom, calm and connection. Let's find out together who you are when you're truly free.

Introduction to EMDR (about 10 minutes)













Introduction to Lifespan Integration (about 20 minutes)











Cost of therapy - Out of Pocket

Individual therapy, 50-minute session: $175 with sliding scale options for financial hardship. 

Insurances Accepted

Aetna

Care Oregon/Health Share OHP 

Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Oregon

Logistics

I am offering Tele-health (online) therapy only at this time.