Portland Psychotherapy Year in Review – 2017

January 8, 2018

Portland Psychotherapy Team

Hello friends and colleagues. Below is an update about new events at Portland Psychotherapy in 2017. New providers at Portland Psychotherapy help us expand our services: 2017 was a year of change! We welcomed three new full time licensed clinicians to our team this year.  We were thrilled to have Kyong Yi, LCSW join our team this summer. Kyong came to us with years of experience working in the VA and community health organizations. Kyong has devoted much of her professional life to serving disenfranchised populations and has a wealth of experience working with individuals struggling with a variety of difficulties including trauma/PTSD, difficulties with anger, substance use/abuse, and depression.  She is also our new Director of Clinical Operations. We Read more

How to Stay Emotionally Connected in a Relationship

October 12, 2017

Angela Izmirian, Ph.D.

Clear communication is key in any relationship, but it’s hard to know what you actually need to communicate. As the years go by, expectations change, patience wavers, and we use fewer words to convey our needs and feelings. But our longest relationships need more thorough communication to survive. Think about a parent and a child. I love my mother, but I expect more from our relationship than my acquaintances. I have little patience when she misunderstands me repetitively and I don’t always tell her what I need in clear language. When I perceive her as unhelpful or negative, I can feel like exploding! Now think about a romantic partner. We choose our partners for the connection we share and times Read more

Rather than dispose of the barriers to our dreams…

August 25, 2017

Portland Psychotherapy Team

If you’re brave enough to say goodbye…

August 18, 2017

Portland Psychotherapy Team

What Is Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

July 25, 2017

Jason Luoma, Ph.D.

Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) is a new evidence-based therapy for people who are overcontrolled. A counterintuitive idea behind the therapy is that it’s possible to have too much self-control.  Self-control refers to our ability to restrain acting on our urges, emotions, and wants in favor of longer term goals. Most of the time, self-control is good, but some people can suffer from excessive self-control. For these people, inhibiting and controlling impulses and emotions has become so habitual and automatic that they have problem relaxing control when needed. This can result in overcontrolled people being overly inhibited, perfectionistic, cautious, and feeling exhausted by social interactions. Where does overcontrol come from? Overcontrol comes from a combination of genetic/biological factors and Read more