Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy – Adults

My approach to therapy is informed by a variety of traditions including analytic psychology and self psychology along with a neurobiological lens of attachment and trauma. Analytic psychotherapy values dreams, the unconscious, and the regenerative power of the imagination.  This approach supports a deepening relationship to ourselves and the source from which we draw meaning and purpose. Analytic psychology considers that the psyche contains the seeds to its own cure. 

My therapeutic approach is also informed by a sensitivity toward our earliest and foundational experiences of relationship. Our beliefs about the nature of relationship are formed in early childhood and continue to inform our threshold for intimacy, trust, and capacity for experiencing mutual joy and happiness with others throughout our lifetime.

Another invaluable therapeutic lens is a neurobiological lens. My study of interpersonal neurobiology and specifically the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (c) has helped me recognize the continuous influence of our neurobiology on our ability to feel safe and at ease within relationship.

My approach appreciates this idea of soul and the process of individuation, while also recognizing the very real nature of our physicality and the ways in which our stress response system, sensory organization, and overall neuroceptive health influences everything about how we feel, how we think, and what we need in any given moment.

I work with people who suffer from:

  • Anxiety / Panic
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Nightmares
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Relationship Problems

Child Therapy
I  work with children (ages 3 and up) and their parents using play therapy.  I believe that children do well when they can, and that behavioral problems stem from unmet developmental needs and lacking skills.  My work with children supports the attachment between the child and parent, so that the child’s developmental needs can be better understood and met within the parent-child relationship.  My perspective with children is informed by a neurodevelopmental lens, which means I seek to understand the child’s behaviors by understanding where they have developmental delays that may be interfering with ongoing development in other areas.

Adoptive families often face particular challenges when forming a bond with their children, particularly with children who have a history of trauma and may have been placed within the foster care system.  A neurodevelopmental perspective helps make sense of frustrating and chronic behaviors and helps prioritize goals and expectations to better meet the child’s developmental stage.  I specialize in working with children who struggle with:

  • Bullying and/or Tantrums
  • Attentional Problems
  • Anxiety and ADHD
  • Dysregulation due to early childhood abuse or neglect

I also am certified as a PhaseII trainer in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and am able to assess children and provide an NMT assessment which can help us understand a child’s behavior from a neurodevelopmental perspective.

For more information on the NMT assessment: https://robbynpetersbennett.org/nmt/

(503) 288-8313
NE Portland, Oregon

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