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" Inviting our thoughts and feelings into awareness allows us to learn from them rather than be driven by them"

- Daniel J. Siegel

Therapy Specialties

Individual Therapy
 

There is no other story that is exactly like yours.  In our work together, we will invite new insights to help you thoughtfully author the life that supports your well-being.  

 

I work with individuals who are experiencing:

  • Trauma

  • Relationship concerns

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Grief

  • Launching children 

  • Redefining relationship with adult children

  • Redefining relationship with parents as an adult

  • Behavioral issues

  • Self-esteem

  • Self-harm

  • Health Concerns

  • Caring for aging parents

  • Mental health diagnosis 

 
Couples Therapy
 

The decision to enter into couple’s therapy is often made during an especially difficult and painful time in your life.  It requires courage and a willingness to explore issues that are often very private.  It is important to me to create a balanced environment in which you can feel safe to explore difficult topics and seek solutions together.

We can work together to explore patterns in your relationship that are no longer beneficial, and develop new ones that support a healthy and more satisfying partnership.  


 

I work with couples addressing concerns such as:

  • Emotional and physical intimacy

  • Communication and conflict resolution challenges

  • Having the same arguments over and over

  • Infidelity

  • Trauma, current and past for one or both

  • Mental Illness

  • Pre-marital readiness

  • Trust, Anger, Withdrawal, Resentment

  • Feeling alone and lost in a relationship

  • Extended family issues

  • Non-traditional relationships 

  • Separation, Divorce, Co-parenting, Blending families

  • Step Couple relationship

Trauma Therapy

Trauma can be caused by a one-time event or ongoing, relentless events (such as childhood abuse or neglect).  The resulting symptoms that occur during, and long after a trauma might include:

  • Anger, irritability, and mood swings

  • Anxiety and fear

  • Withdrawing from others

  • Feeling disconnected or numb

  • Insomnia or nightmares

  • Being easily startled

  • Racing heartbeat and panic 

  • Difficulty concentrating

 

These effects reach into your life and cause struggle that is difficult to understand and often interferes with the ability to create healthy relationships and an overall sense of peace and well-being in life.  It’s common to feel “broken” or “damaged” by the effects of trauma and it can feel as though you are trapped in the after-effects.

The good news is that ongoing new research about how the brain, and body are affected by trauma is providing ever-expanding options for treatment and healing.  It is possible to decrease the impact of these trauma symptoms in your life!

Teletherapy video sessions are available if you live in the state of Oregon

Contact Me

Cynthiaaerni@gmail.com

2929 SW Multnomah Blvd.

Suite 203A

Portland, Oregon 97219

503-899-2296

Serving communities of: Multnomah Village, Tigard, Tualatin, Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Wilsonville, and Portland 

Copyright © 2020 Cynthia Aerni