Background and Experience
Clinical background: My clinical practice focuses on bringing heart and compassion to the practice of evidence-based psychotherapy. I have been practicing psychotherapy for over 15 years, including in a range of treatment settings, such as: an employee assistance program, a psychotherapy training and research clinic, a suicide prevention hotline, a private practice specializing in working with GLBTQ folks, a parole and probation program, a college counseling center, a homeless outreach center, a GLBTQ community center, an HIV wellness service, an inpatient treatment center, an outpatient mental health center, a medical school, a residential addictions treatment program, and a veterans affairs hospital. I primarily practice individual psychotherapy with adults. I am Licensed Psychologist in Oregon (#1661) with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
Research background: I have been conducting research on shame, self-criticism, and stigma, particularly in the context of addiction, since2002, including as a co-investigator on grants funded by the National Institutes of Health. I have also published in the area of the training and dissemination of evidence-based therapies, particularly acceptance and commitment therapy. I have published numerous longitudinal, cross-sectional, and intervention studies and published the first randomized trial of an intervention focused on helping people with shame in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology . I have been an investigator on studies of mindfulness-based relapse prevention and emotion-focused therapy. You can see a full list of my publications and some for download here.
Business background: I have run a small business since 2002. In 2007, I co-founded (along with Jenna LeJeune, Ph.D.) the Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, & Training Center . Portland Psychotherapy is a private mental health center built as a social business in which profits go to fund scientific research. At Portland Psychotherapy, I also helped cr will eate our specialist clinic called the Depression Treatment Program. Portland Psychotherapy also provides training and consulting services to therapists in the Northwest who are interested in evidence-based practice, particularly acceptance and commitment therapy. I have created numerous websites and currently blog at www.actwithcompassion.com/.
Training: I began studying acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) since 1998 and spent 4 years at the University of Nevada, Reno studying ACT with Dr. Steven Hayes. I am a recognized ACT trainer, persenting internationally, former chair of the ACT Training Committee, and president of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. I am author of Learning Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, one of the best-selling ACT books for therapists. I am available to offer training relating to acceptance and commitment therapy and the use of self-compassion in therapy to alleviate the pain of chronic shame and self-criticism. You can see my current list of workshops and online training events at www.actwithcompassion.com/events.