Clinical Groups

A majority of our clinical groups are created and implemented in a closed session format that lasts on average 4-8 weeks. This helps with building group cohesion, establishing group norms and creating safety.

8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery Group

Leader: Patrick
Location: Virtual
Start Time: Mondays – 11:00am 
Session length: 10 weeks

  • Session 1: 1/10/2022 – 3/21/2022 – *No group the week of January 17th*

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 10

Requirements: Purchase or access to 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery by Babette Rothschild 

Description:

Regardless of where you are in your journey of trauma recovery, you may find that the reality is not a linear or simple process. You may feel that it is risky, without direction, and at times overwhelming. This group is an opportunity for you to gain your own sense of empowerment and safety in processing your experiences of trauma, learning tools and insights in a supportive and playful space alongside others.

As a book club group, we will be reading 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery by Babette Rothschild. By discussing a different key to recovery each week, you will have the chance to playfully explore what works for you and your unique experience. A central goal of trauma recovery is to improve your quality of life. By attending this group, you can discover a greater sense of your own needs and a more helpful path for how to get there.

To join contact your provider or call (971) 266-6910

Abusive and Healthy Relationships

Leader: Sam
Location: Virtual
Start Time: Thursdays at 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Session length: 8 weeks
Session Dates:

  • 9/23/2021 – 11/11/2021 – Session 1- FULL
  • 12/2/2021 – 1/20/2022 – Session 2 – FULL 
  • 2/10/2022- 4/31/2022 – Session 3

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 10
Description:
Domestic and relational violence affects millions of individuals across the world. Regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation/identification, religion, economic status, any person can be subjected to emotional, physical, or sexual violence at the hand of someone they love. However, the prevalence of this violence is difficult to accurately estimate, as so often it remains unspoken.

Through gathering in this group, members will be given the opportunity to connect over experiences they may have thought few others had. Where so often domestic and relational violence forces isolation, this group will offer the opportunity for connection and understanding.

Over the course of 8 weeks, members will discuss a wide variety of topics all across the range of experiences with domestic violence. Together, we will discuss the dynamics of abusive and healthy relationships, as well as warning signs of abuse, barriers to escaping such abuse among other topics aimed at helping all members learn how to identify their abuse, what to look out for, and how to begin healing, opening the door for creating healthy relationships in the future.​

To join contact your provider or call (971) 266-6910.

Introduction to Polyvagal Theory: Polyvagal Part 1

Leader: Henry Lauer LCSW CADC-I
Location: Virtual
Start Time: Wednesday 1pm-2pm
Session length: 8 weeks
Session Dates:
  • 9/22/2021 – 11/17/2021 – Session 1 – FULL
  • 12/1/2021 – 1/19/2022 – Session 2 –  FULL
  • 2/2/2021 – 3/23/2021 – Session 3
Demographic: Adults; anyone who experience persistent pain, anxiety, depression, elevated stress, chronic illness, and/or PTSD. BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ clients are welcomed.
Maximum number of participants: 10
Description:
If you experience persistent pain, chronic illness, or digestive challenges…
If you experience anxiety, depression, insomnia, or traumatic stress…
If you have a nervous system, vital organs, or a body…
…then polyvagal theory might just be for you!
 
Polyvagal theory is the science of the whole-body experiences of safety and danger. It offers insights into relationships, emotions, nervous systems, and vital organs. It shows that the nervous system is not ‘just in your head,’ and that the body is not ‘just anatomy.’ It is both scientific and intuitive.
 
In this class you will learn how polyvagal theory can help you support your own physical and emotional healing. You will learn techniques to help you recognize, understand, and support your nervous system. This can help you gain more control over involuntary processes like pain or anxiety.
 
While we will talk about scientific concepts, you don’t have to be a science expert to use polyvagal theory. In this class we go beyond theory to explore a range of skills you can apply. All you need is curiosity.
 
(Please note that completing this group is a prerequisite if you want to attend the Polyvagal Progression group).

To join contact your provider or call (971) 266-6910

Polyvagal Progression: Polyvagal Part 2

Leader: Henry Lauer LCSW CADC-I
Location: Virtual
Start Time:Tuesday 3pm-3:50pm (note: this is a biweekly group, every other Tuesday only)
Session length: 11 weeks (biweekly – 6 sessions total)
Session Dates:
  • 12/14/2021 –2/22/2022 – Session 1 – FULL
    • Meeting Dates: 12/14/2021, 12/28/2021, 1/11/2022, 1/25/2022, 2/8/2022, 2/22/2022
Demographic: Adults; anyone who experience persistent pain, anxiety, depression, elevated stress, chronic illness, and/or PTSD. BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ clients are welcomed.
Maximum number of participants: 10
Prerequisite: You must have first completed the Introduction to Polyvagal Theory group before being able to attend this group, as this group builds on the knowledge and techniques started in that group.
Description:
If you’re familiar with polyvagal theory then you know how helpful it can be.
You might also know that applying it on a daily basis can be challenging.
And maybe you’d like to share your polyvagal journey with others!
 
This group is specifically for those who have completed the Introduction to Polyvagal Theory group.
 
The two goals of the group are
1. to support existing Polyvagal skill practices;
2. to explore new skills and tools that might prove to be helpful.
 
By the end of the group you will have strengthened your library of tools for working with your vagus nerve, and reinforced positive habits around using your skills!
 

To join contact your provider or call (971) 266-6910

Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating Support Group

Leader: Annie
Location: Virtual
Start Time: Every other Monday at 5pm – 6pm
Session length: 7 Meetings over 14 weeks
Session Dates:

  • 11/15/2021 – 02/14/2022 – Session 1 

Demographic: Adults who are in active recovery from an eating disorder.
Maximum number of participants: 10
Description:

Do you feel guilty after eating? Do you feel shame or perhaps even hatred towards your body?   Do you find yourself saying, “No one understands what it’s like to fight this battle every day”? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this group is for you.

Eating disorders often occur following a traumatic or stressful event, often something to control when life feels so very out of control. Eating disorders do not happen in isolation, but co-occur with experiences of trauma, anxiety, depression, and mood disturbances. What makes eating disorders that much more challenging to recover from is that we live in a culture where these behaviors are very often affirmed and even celebrated.

In each of our group sessions, we will explore a topic relevant to recovery, whereby group participants can find support and solidarity. Eating disorders thrive in silence, secrecy, and shame. Speaking your truth, sharing your story as you feel safe and comfortable to do so, and finding solace and comfort with fellow survivors can be a transformative conduit to liberation.

It is important to note that although eating disorders have historically been portrayed as only impacting white, cis gender, female identified persons, no one is immune from struggling with an eating disorder. Research shows that they effect individuals of all sizes, ethnicities, genders and orientations. However, many people do not seek help due to the stereotypes and stigma that undergirds these conditions. All genders, orientations, sizes, and ethnicities are welcome in this group.

Topics:

  • Meeting 1: “But You Don’t Look Like You Have an Eating Disorder”- Dispelling the Myths, Debunking the Stereotypes
  • Meeting 2: “My Body Was Free; My Mind Was Not”- Identifying and Challenging Eating Disordered Thoughts
  • Meeting 3: Diet Culture, Intuitive Eating, Health At Every Size
  • Meeting 4: Body Image and Body Liberation
  • Meeting 5: Emotions Are Your Friends
  • Meeting 6: Identify Your Triggers and Let’s Build the Toolbox
  • Meeting 7: Art Therapy: Create the Recovery You Envision

To join contact your provider or call (971) 266-6910.

Boundaries & Self-Care

Leader: Dennis
Location: Virtual
Start Time: Fridays 11:00am – 12:00pm
Session length: 6 weeks
Session Dates:

  • 10/29/2021 – 12/3/2021 – Session 1 
  • 1/7/2021 – 2/11/2022 – Session 2 
  • 3/4/2022 – 4/8/2022 – Session 3

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 10
Requirements: weekly assignments
Description:
Everyone talks about self-care, but no one talks about how or where to start. However, without boundaries, it makes self-care almost impossible. The point of this group is to broaden the awareness of the time we have at our disposal, the boundaries we need to set with ourselves and others, as well as beginning the process of implementing self-care in our day-to-day routines. There will be homework and worksheet assigned that would make this process easier, but you will have the creative flexibility to add your own flavor to it. ​​

This group will be a place to dialogue about the struggles, barriers, and success stories of what it’s practically like to engage in self-care and set boundaries. A place where we can all learn from each other and navigate these obstacles together.

To join contact your provider or call (971) 266-6910

Nonviolent Communication

Leader: Henry
Location: Virtual
Start Time: Mondays 11:00am – 12:00pm
Session length: 8 weeks
Session Dates:

  • 10/04/2021 – 11/22/2021 *No group the week of October 25th* – Session 1 – FULL 
  • 12/13/2021 – 2/7/2022 * No group the week of January 17th – Session 2 – FULL 

Demographic: Adults; anyone who would like to improve their communication skills with others and/or themselves; BIPOC & LGBTQIA+ clients are welcomed
Maximum number of participants: 10
Description: If you are human then you have probably experienced communication challenges with other humans. Maintaining healthy boundaries, expressing feelings and needs, using conflict constructively, finding the right words – these are not easy tasks!

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a philosophy and practice of relating to oneself and to others. Rooted in a spirit of empathy, NVC offers simple, profound methods for strengthening awareness, boundaries, compassion, and respect.

Trauma can try to inhibit self-expression – perhaps through withdrawing, reacting, losing touch with self, losing words, or finding unhelpful words. If any of these sound familiar, NVC can help you bring more ease and confidence to your communication.

This group includes a range of structured activities, skill practices, and games. You will get many opportunities to explore how NVC can enrich communication in your life. You are likely to have fun and empower yourself along the way.

The series consists of 8 classes. Over time we may add additional class series with new, different NVC activities to support those who wish to further deepen their NVC skills.

To join contact your provider or call (971) 266-6910

Creative Writing

Leader: Cheyenne
Location: Virtual
Start Time: Tuesdays at 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Session length: 10 weeks
Session Dates:

  • 1/11/2021 – 3/15/2021 – Session 1 – FULL

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 6
Description:
Each week there will be optional prompts for writing as therapeutic self-reflection, time set aside for writing together, and opportunities to share your work. You can develop your own creative voice and offer encouragement to others as they explore the written word.

You can choose each week if you would prefer to write just for yourself, or if you want your work to be heard by the group. There is no obligation to share if you’re not comfortable doing so. Writers of all skill levels are welcome!

To join contact your provider or call (971) 266-6910.

DBT Skills Group

Leader: Aileen
Location: Virtual
Start Time: Wednesdays at 11:00am
Session length: 5 weeks
Session Dates:

  • 09/08/2021 – 10/06/2021 – Session 1- Mindfulness – FULL
  • 11/17/2021 – 12/15/2021- Session 2- Distress Tolerance – FULL
  • 01/12/2022- 02/09/2022 – Session 3- Interpersonal Effectiveness – FULL
  • 03/02/2022- 03/30/2022 – Session 4- Emotion Regulation – FULL

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 8
Description: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills is a group focused on building your skill set in four different areas: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Emotion Regulation. You may choose to attend one or all skill categories and there is no homework. We will start each group with a mindfulness practice and then discuss the skill, which might include reading and discussing a handout.

Mindfulness Session: Founder of DBT, Marsha Linehan, describes mindfulness as “learning to live with our eyes wide open.” This session focuses on increasing your awareness, acceptance and ability to live in the present moment.

Distress Tolerance: Increasing your skills in the “distress tolerance” category is all about increasing your patience when distress happens. Goals are to survive crisis situations without making them worse, accept reality and reduce intense urges and/or emotions.

Interpersonal Effectiveness: This set of skills focuses on improving the quality of your relationships. The main goals include building relationships, ending destructive relationships, maintaining balance and building resilience during change in relationships.

Emotion Regulation: This session is focused on regulating, or adjusting, your emotions effectively. Goals include identifying your emotions, decreasing unwanted emotions and decreasing emotional suffering.

To join contact your provider or call (971) 266-6910.

LGBTQIA+ Group

Leader: Erin C. 
Location: Virtual
Start Time: Tuesdays at 11:00 – 11:50pm
Session length: 12 weeks

  • Session 1: Coming in January 

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 10
Description:
This group offers an opportunity for LGBTQIA+ folks to share space, express ourselves, and discuss the intersections of LGBTQIA+ experiences and trauma. This is a participant-driven group, and offers a combination of psychoeducation, interpersonal processing, mutual support, and skill building depending on the needs of the attending participants. Clients are welcome to attend the first 2 groups to try it and then commit to the remaining 10 weeks together, giving us the opportunity to develop more safety, consistency, and connection.

To join contact your provider or call (971) 266-6910

Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM) - FULL

Leader: Linda
Location: Virtual
Start Time: Wednesdays at 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Series Length: TREM is a curriculum-based group, each session builds upon the previous one and clients will need to start at the beginning of each series. The series last 24 weeks. Each session is 7 weeks long, with an off week between each session.
Session length: 7 weeks
Session Dates: Start date for Session 1: January 5th 2022

  • Session 1- Empowerment
  • Session 2 – Trauma recovery
  • Session 3 – Advance Trauma recovery

Demographic: Adults, specifically female-identifying, who have experienced domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking and sex trafficking.
Maximum number of participants: 5
Description:
The first section, on empowerment, helps group members learn strategies for self-comfort and accurate self-monitoring as well as ways to establish safe physical and emotional boundaries.

Topics Covered in Session 1:

  • Introduction and what it means to be a woman
  • What do you know and how do you feel about your body?
  • Physical and emotional boundaries
  • Self-esteem and self-soothing
  • Intimacy and trust
  • Sexuality
  • Sex with a partner

Topics Covered in Session 2:

  • Gaining an understanding of trauma
  • What is physical abuse?
  • What is emotional abuse?
  • What is sexual abuse?
  • Safety
  • Trauma bonding
  • Abuse and relationships

In the third section, focus shifts explicitly to skills building. These sessions include emphases on communication style, decision-making, regulating overwhelming feelings, and establishing safer, more reciprocal relationships.

Topics Covered in Session 3:

  • Decision making: Trusting your own judgement
  • Communication: Making yourself understood
  • Self-destructive behaviors
  • Blame, acceptance, and forgiveness
  • Relationships
  • Personal Healing
  • Closure