Offices in

Portland OR &Vancouver WA

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

Category: Group Therapy

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”

Trauma Informed Yoga

We are excited to announce that we will be offering a four class trauma informed yoga series in early September. These classes will be held by our new clinician, Natasha Salemme LMHC, who specializes in yoga therapy. This four class series aids in releasing stress and trauma held in the body while teaching participants how to use movement in their daily lives to reduce stress. This series combines yoga philosophy, neuroscience, mindfulness, and asana (movement) while teaching skills, including meditation, mindfulness/grounding tools, along with breathing exercises to calm the body and mind.

For more information:
TRAUMA -INFORMED YOGA – ITTC

**Please note that this four-class series will also be held at our Vancouver location. Refer to the Vancouver Integrative Counseling website for more information.

Art Therapy Workshop for Trauma Survivors! 2/23/2017

Art is often a way to express an experience for which words may feel inadequate.  Trauma and the journey of the survivor towards healing can be difficult to articulate; creativity can facilitate the transition from the unspoken subconscious to the expressed metaphor through other means of depiction of experience.

Our upcoming workshop is an opportunity for survivors to be in a safe place, to share in their experience, to find ways to express their process, and to have choice in how to accomplish integration of historical adversity.

Additional information is provided on the attached flyer.  Contact us with inquiries!Art Therapy Workshop

Groups Offered at ITTC & VIC

Support Groups and Workshops are a safe way to share in experience, gain some expertise in managing our emotions, to connect with others and feel less alone.  Here are some offered at our locations:

DID Experiences Group: Every other Monday @ 3pm

DBT Skills Group

Art Therapy Group (www.vancouverintegrativecounseling.com)

Art Therapy Workshop for DID

Contact us @ info@traumacenternw.com for more details.

 

 

DID, Iatrogenic Trauma, & Healing through Sharing

DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder), previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder, continues to be a diagnosis that is portrayed incorrectly, misunderstood, and or those living with it can be overtly treated as dishonest by their healthcare providers.  Many have been re-traumatized in the pursuit of treatment (this is the iatrogenic trauma part) and have naturally become concerned about sharing in their experience for these reasons as well as others.  Most people with a dissociative disorder present with anything but DID (usually anxiety is the presenting concern) including mood disorders, addiction, eating disorders, PTSD.  Those living with DID have been diagnosed with all of these in addition to a misdiagnosis of bi-polar or schizophrenia.

Constructs of DID can often be fantastical; the greatest irony in this is that it is a very well-hidden disorder effecting 1-3% of the US population (if you do the math, that’s a lot of people!).  It is not an extremely “rare” condition as many believe (for example, 2.6% of the population has a diagnosis of bi-polar disorder within a 12-month range; up to 3.6% within a lifetime range).  Bi-polar exists as frequently, can effect behavior significantly, and is not contested as an illness.  I think the difference likely lies within the cause (DID is caused by trauma, whereas bi-polar disorder is an organic illness).  I could be bold and suggest this is another form of blaming those who have endured unbelievable adversity…perhaps I will be bold and suggest that.

The irony is that DID is an extremely well-hidden experience; considering this is the purpose behind dissociation (to protect ourselves from overwhelming experiences and to hide our pain from others in order to function); it is very atypical to work with someone with DID who also overtly displays or discusses their internal life.  Because hiding has become so necessary, including within the field of mental health, the intricacies of this gift (yes, this is how I think of it because not everyone has the capacity to protect themselves in this way) are a very private experience.  The details are rarely shared with anyone but a trusted therapist, a very close loved one, or maybe a friend or two (maybe…).

The power of groups and connecting with others who share in your experience is known to be powerful.  In an effort to provide an opportunity for people with DID to share in their experience, ITTC offers a bi-weekly group for those with DID who want to be supported by and be supportive of others who understand.  The group is mostly unstructured but is facilitated; the primary purpose is to create a safe space to share in experience.  All participants are required to be actively involved in individual therapy.

The group occurs every other Monday @ 3pm.  Contact athena@traumacenternw.com for further details.