Individual and Couples Therapist
I’m an individual and couples therapist in Portland, Oregon. I help people gain clarity and purpose. In our work, you will see your life from a fresh view. In addition to working with couples and individuals, I coach parents on how to navigate and enjoy the difficult task of parenting.
My style is informed by 20 years of experience. In addition to my clinical training, I’m a writer, plant-based chef, and photographer. My range of experience allows me to tailor therapy to your needs. It also lends flexibility and creativity to the work.
Most importantly, I view living as an art form. The more aligned we are with what works, the better we feel. What that means will be different for everyone, but the feeling is similar. Life is more easeful and less stressful. You feel good in your body and can trust yourself to make good-enough decisions, most of the time.
To begin, I lean towards mindfulness. Which requires present moment awareness. Mindfulness allows us to slow down. When we do, new solutions can emerge. Additionally, I’m trained in a variety of somatic techniques that link mind and body. Specifically, Hakomi, Internal Family Systems, and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy. In a similar way, the body is used for awareness. For example, I may ask you to notice how your breathing. We stay curious without judgment and just notice. In the end, we find that solving problems isn’t as important as feeling empowered to be who we truly are.
Psychodynamic therapy uncovers the patterns driving our behavior. Its goal is to understand how behavior and mood are influenced by thoughts and feelings. We do this by increasing awareness and exploring the past. this includes take a look at early life experiences. Relationships are an important piece of a psychodynamic approach, which includes you and I. Exploring relationships provides you with a perspective that is rich with possibility. New roles and ways of being emerge. This breaks patterns that are no longer serving you and lays the groundwork for new ways of being.
The stories we tell ourselves matter. People usually attribute their distress to difficult situations, but in reality, it is our reactions to situations. I use powerful questions to get you in touch with your thoughts, feelings and beliefs. But also to help you accurately tell your story. According to cognitive theory, emotions follow thoughts. It is never the other way around. If you want to feel and behave differently, a place to start is with your perception. I use cognitive therapy to help you update and more accurately tell your story. The more balanced our thinking, generally the better we feel. You’re the author. It’s your life. You get to right the ending.
“Kerry has a warm, open welcoming presence and is a gifted therapist. We have participated in several trainings. I know her work well. She is highly engaged with her clients, genuinely cares, and has the skill needed to help people heal and thrive. I feel highly confident referring to her.”
Jennifer Edlin, MFT, Faculty member of the AEDP Institute
“My time working with Kerry allowed me to begin to develop a greater awareness of my thoughts, feelings, hopes, fears and emotional needs – and to use that awareness to move closer to self-acceptance. From the beginning, I sensed a remarkable amount of trust, compassion, and kindness which allowed me to express myself openly. I couldn’t have asked for a better or more transformative experience. The work was deep, creative and meaningful. ”
Alexi, Portland, Oregon
“Caring. Empathic. Effective.”
Greg, Portland, Oregon
“Kerry has offered me a consistent place of support through several of life’s transitions. Kerry is exceptionally kind and genuinely warm. She welcomes the whole of me, especially the parts of me that I have traditionally kept hidden. She has listened deeply to my stories and has offered me compassionate and intelligent insight. I have learned to be kinder to and more curious about myself because Kerry has modeled these ways of being with me. She also taught me practical ways to ground myself when I feel flooded by big emotions. In short, working with Kerry has been healing for me. I highly recommend her to you.”
Sophie, Portland, Oregon
“Over the past year, I’ve been able to open up and change in subtle, yet profound ways and I couldn’t have done so without Kerry’s support and tender guidance. This is truly her calling!”
Adrienne, Portland, Oregon