Portland Psychotherapy 2019 Year in Review

December 9, 2019

Portland Psychotherapy Team

Hello colleagues and friends. Looking back on this year at Portland Psychotherapy we feel a tremendous sense of gratitude for being able to continue to do this meaningful work, and also excitement for what the future holds. We wanted to take this time to pause and share with you all, our friends and colleagues in the community, what we have been up to this past year. We also wanted to extend our deep appreciation for the relationships we have with you and all the encouragement and support we receive from you. More staff means expanded access With several new clinicians joining our team this year, we are a full house here at Portland Psychotherapy. Joanne Chan, Psy.D. and Brian Pilecki, Read more

In my posts about exposure therapy, I’ve written about inhibitory learning theory a bit. I’ve particularly focused on how inhibitory learning theory has supplanted emotional processing theory (EPT) as the best supported model for exposure. I recently came across a thorough review article that walks through the major inhibitory learning principles and recommended procedures—as well as some not explicitly tied to inhibitory learning –and assess the degree to which these principles and strategies are supported by research to date The authors conclude: Collectively, research support for exposure augmentation techniques aimed at optimizing inhibitory learning has fallen short of theoretical expectation in several respects. Though the literature strongly suggests that this theory provides a better mechanistic explanation for the results of Read more

The podcast Beyond Well with Sheila Hamilton incorporates an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) perspective on the struggles we face, ideas about psychological flexibility and mental health, and what we can all do to lead a well-lived life.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Books from 2018

March 22, 2019

Christina Chwyl, B.A.

Each year, we update our Learning ACT Resource Guide with the newest resources on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy that come out each year. The guide contains a comprehensive list of all of all the ACT that have ever been published. You can browse this list, organized by category, on our LearningACT website. Below, are the 43 new books we discovered when revising the guide at the end of 2018: Books for Therapists A Clinician’s Guide to Acceptance-Based Approaches for Weight Concerns: The Accept Yourself! Framework A Contextual Behavioral Guide to the Self: Theory and Practice Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Substance Abuse: A Clinician’s Guide to Using Practical Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Interventions for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Acceptance and Commitment Read more

Portland Psychotherapy 2018 Year in Review

January 28, 2019

Jenna LeJeune, Ph.D

Hello friends and colleagues. As we usher in a new year, we pause to take a look back at 2018, an exciting year of growth and new beginnings for us here at Portland Psychotherapy. Expansion of clinical staff means more specialized services and an increased ability to serve our community We just celebrated the one-year anniversary of the three newest members of our full-time clinical team: our Director of Clinical Operations, Kyong Yi, LCSW, and licensed psychologists Angela Izmirian, Ph.D. and Bryce Doehne, PsyD. Although they have only been with us for a year, Kyong, Angela, and Bryce have already made huge contributions to our organization. In addition to seeing clients, they have been meeting with members of our broader Read more