Portland Psychotherapy In The News

The experts at Portland Psychotherapy are regularly highlighted and consulted by the national and local media.

Here are some examples:

Shadee Hardy, LCSW is quoted in an article titled Seven Ways to Keep Discord off the Thanksgiving Table

“What I’ve been talking to clients about lately is this: If you’re going to have discussions about politics over the holidays, think about what your values are around how you treat the people in your life that you care about.”

Read more: Scientific American

Portland Psychotherapy’s website is quoted in an article titled Portlander opens Lightbar, a light therapy cafe that aims to brighten the winter blues…

According to Portland Psychotherapy’s website, about 10 percent of Americans “develop the blues during the winter months, and this rate increases to 20-30 percent in more Northern latitudes such as Oregon.” As many as 5 to 9 percent of Portlanders develop seasonal affective disorder, according to the website.

Read more: The Oregonian

Dr. Brian Thompson is quoted in an article titled 4 Ways to Cope With the Winter Blues

“What cues our circadian rhythm is daylight. When the daylight hits our eyes—it sends a signal into the brain. What researchers believe is that as the days grow shorter and darker, we don’t have the daylight cues that we should be up and awake, and this 24-hour [schedule] gets desynchronized. We are up and supposed to be active—but the brain is sending a signal that we should be tired and lethargic.”

Read more: The Daily Muse

Jenna LeJeune, PhD was featured in the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science official newsletter in January, 2013 for her work on stigma with college students…

Read more:Using ACT to teach college students about stigma: An Interview with Dr. Jenna LeJeune 


Jason Luoma, PhD discusses Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and the “winter blues”… 

“Sometimes, it’s hard to tell where sadness ends and depression begins. If every winter you experience a need for more sleep, as well as daytime fatigue, irritability, decreased concentration, decreased sex drive, and/or an increased appetite — especially for sweets and starchy carbohydrates — those could be symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder.”

Read more:MetroWest Daily News

Lincoln Courier

Patriot Ledger

Paul Guinther, PhD shares a perspective on the role of addiction in people’s lives…

“Sometimes people drink or shop or engage in activities as a form of experiential avoidance, which is a way to push painful thoughts, memories or feelings from consciousness,” he says. “It’s a way of coping that has some side effects.”

Read more: The Oregonian

Dr. Brian Thompson shares his professional opinions on antipsychotic medication use for issues with anxiety…

“…we want consumers to be informed about the limited effectiveness of antipsychotics to treat specific problems, the potential dangers of using this class of medications and the availability of effective psychological treatments. With the mass marketing of psychiatric medications to the public, we want consumers to have the facts about the effectiveness and safety of the medications being advertised.”

Read more: The Oregonian