This summer, I attended the first ever “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) BootCamp for Women’s Issues.” Though I had attended a traditional ACT Bootcamp earlier this year, I was drawn to this summer event out of a desire to connect more with my community of women and to examine ways I can better serve my … Read moreWomen! – We Are More Than Our Stories
Many of us have been impacted by the election results. Whether you are feeling shock, fear, anger, sadness, confusion, disbelief, or excitement, joy, satisfaction or hope, you are likely not alone. If you have been struggling, some of these resources might be helpful (thanks to Jennifer Villatte for sharing this list). I prefaced each with … Read moreResources for self- and other-care in difficult times
For many of us, these are frightening and uncertain times. We at Portland Psychotherapy want to make a declaration of support to the millions of people around the nation and here in Portland that have been targeted, oppressed, attacked, or silenced and to those who feel fearful of what may come. Portland Psychotherapy does not … Read moreTo those who feel afraid or hurt after the election
“I’ve always felt that sexuality is a really slippery thing. In this day and age, it tends to get categorized and labeled, and I think labels are for food. Canned food.” ― Michael Stipe, musician, artist, and activist We all do it. Some of us do it more than others. Some of us feel guilty … Read moreGender, sexuality, and other things that don’t belong in boxes
“Little boxes made of ticky tacky And they all look just the same” Little Boxes, by Malvina Reynolds Humans and categories Oh how we humans love our boxes! Black/white, good/bad, Democrat/Republican, female/male. These nice neat categories make us feel safe, like we understand the world around us! It’s true that categories are incredibly useful. They … Read more“You’re trying to ‘squish out’ my kid”: Is it time to revise our gender boxes?