Therapy is at best, two folks spending time together, feeling safe and connected.

My approach for thirty years, in settings from the wilderness to classrooms and offices has been to support that felt sense of safety and to help people experience authentic relationship. Our bodies unconsciously decide from moment to moment am I in danger or it’s safe to connect. If I don’t have to fight or run or freeze to be safe then I can be open to learn, to engage and to heal.

I work with ages 12 & up, couples, co-parents and families. I work with you to help you learn and practice new ways of feeling ok and building relationship. I enjoy using experiential activities indoors and out to engage folks beyond only sitting in chairs and talking.

I was born and raised in Kentucky and worked in many experiential and wilderness programs with teens before completing my Bachelors degree at The Evergreen State College and Masters in Social Work at Arizona State University. The past twenty five years I’ve had training in many approaches including addiction treatment, trauma informed therapy, attachment, Collaborative Problem Solving and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Most importantly, I’m experiencing the joy and challenge of co-parenting twin girl and boy teenagers.

(503) 966-4602 in the West Linn office
(503) 379-0086 (fax)

russell@energymatterspdx.com
 

“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen”

– Brene Brown

Issues Treated

  • Adoption challenges for parents and youth
  • Complex trauma and PTSD
  • Addiction recovery
  • Mood disorders — depression and anxiety
  • Family conflict
  • Teen struggles with self, school, family
  • Couple and co-parent conflict

Treatment Techniques and Approaches Used

  • Experiential Therapy (active and often fun)
  • Attachment theory approaches
  • Adoption and Foster Family Therapy
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Trauma informed therapy
  • Collaborative Problem Solving (Tier II trained)
  • Polyvagal Theory
  • Biofeedback (HeartMath emWave2)
  • Drumming
  • Mindfulness (Self compassion and gratitude)
  • Group therapy