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Portland OR

Integrating psychotherapy, medication management, body work & mindfulness for an encompassing and empowering approach to healing.

Author: Athena Phillips

Trauma-Informed Yoga Classes Start Soon!!

ITTC has recently relocated; our new space has a gorgeous new room allowing us to do what we have always intended; to offer yoga and other forms of body work and mindfulness to our docket.  We offer several classes, one for practitioners only and two others that are open to the public.

Please view our Facebook page for more info until we are able to publish a calendar on our website:

https://www.facebook.com/IntegrativeTrauma/?hc_ref=ARSZkk0wfv2e5RRhqn2MwPc2HNiF_bHf4T58HIE97j1RTtoxmtmkjKMZQlSQoIuGoA8&fref=nf

We will see you there!

ITTC Staff

Wisdom & Hunger Group

Wisdom & Hunger Group

Join us Thursdays 4-5 pm

This is an on-going group for those with disordered eating behaviors and body image struggles. We will explore relationships between mind, body, food, hunger, and emotions. This is an interactive group, including experiential exercises, mindfulness art, intuitive eating principles and metaphors from “Eating in the Light of the Moon”.

To register:
-Please register in advance
– Email frontdesk@ittc.hush.com
– or call 971.266.6910

OHP accepted, $40 for private pay

 

With Kelly Hirstein

Therapist / Reiki Practitioner

Living with Trauma Group

Living with Trauma Group

Join us Thursdays 10 – 11 am

An ongoing, drop in style group that addresses the struggles of living with trauma. This group is designed to be a weekly learning and support group and will cover topics such as symptoms of PTSD, causes and triggers, guilt and shame, treatment options, and more.

To register:
-Please register in advance
– Email frontdesk@ittc.hush.com
– or call 971.266.6910

OHP accepted, $40 for private pay

 

With Sophie Toolanen and Lisa Stewart

LPC, Therapist
Clinical Supervisor

Art Therapy Group

Art Therapy

Join us Saturdays 1 pm -2:30 pm

This group will allow members a safe space to explore their thoughts and feelings in a creative way. Members will be invited to participate in art-making activities, while also receiving support from fellow group members and the group facilitator. Art therapy can be helpful for a number of different things including reduction in anxiety, fostering self-awareness, building self-esteem, and overall personal well-being.

For more information contact Gina Parks: Gina.parks@ittc.hush.com

To register:  Continue reading “Art Therapy Group”

Current Group Offerings

In effort to continue to build community for and around survivors of PTSD, ITTC is making a concerted effort to expand our support and processing group offerings. Here is the list so far!

Ongoing DBT Groups: Wednesdays at 3pm
Mindfulness Group: Monday at 10:30am
Seeking Safety: Saturday at 2:00pm
Art Therapy Groups: Tuesday 9:30am – 11am
Group Acupuncture: Every other Wednesday at 5:30pm

Please email our Office Manager for more information or to sign up for a group:

Officemanager@ittc.hush.com

Multicultural Trauma Training in Rwanda

Trauma happens on many social levels including very intimate violence, to car accidents, to terrorism, to genocide (and many other levels in between). Following the visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial as well as talking with Rwandans about the recovery process, we have discovered many parallels in terms of how trauma manifests, when symptoms show up, and what kind of response is effective.

People in this country who survived the genocide have spent the last 20 years rebuilding their country as well as trust between people. The children who were orphaned have grown into adulthood and, while life is clearly not easy for many, there is movement beyond their horror and loss. Re-integration between survivors and perpetrators is occurring now and very strict laws are in place to eliminate racial division (which have been very effective by the way); these two things must occur together in order to prevent further violence. Rwanda has done an excellent job in the first phase of recovery from trauma. Naturally I cannot help but to compare.

Trauma therapists know that there is a certain recipe for recovery that is necessary to lift ourselves out of our past. Here is a general description:

1. Safety must be established first. Basic needs must be met.
2. Acknowledgement that the bad thing happened.
3. Validation that the bad thing was indeed bad and any kind of associated grief is appropriate.
4. An appropriate response must be offered. Responsibility must be appropriately assigned.
5. A plan for justice, reconciliation, forgiveness, letting go must be developed.

Generally if a trauma is acknowledged, that is the first necessary ingredient for moving towards trust (in others and in safety). Often in the United States, we get stuck here. It is very difficult for us to acknowledge the bad thing without blaming the survivor or denying it all together. Unfortunately a survivor of some sort event is often put on a timeline for recovery, is blamed for what happened to them, are not believed, and of course the other ingredients can only be added if the basics are addressed.

Rwanda has been able to do several things that has allowed the country to move towards healing. The first, as mentioned before is the acknowledgement that racial division is dangerous; it is not allowable to identify people based on ethnicity. One Rwanda One People. The second is responding appropriate by building community and helping people in concrete ways. There has been a significant effort to provide justice to survivors at a community level; survivors have a voice in that process and it is very intimate. As a result, Rwanda is now the safest country in Africa and has crime rates lower than the majority of states in the U.S. Citizens are required to give back to their community every month (it’s the law!). As a result, Rwanda is spotless; there is no trash anywhere! Rwanda’s economy is stable and strong and growing. There are laws supporting women~for example there must be a certain percentage of women in governing positions. Leveling the playing field between ethnic groups and gender has fostered a very stable and growing economy; one of the strongest in region.

Rwanda has figured out how to recover and thrive following a very recent and horrific tragedy in their country; we can all learn from what they have done.

Multicultural Trauma Treatment (Rwanda)