Expert therapists in Portland, OR


Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)

Child Parent Psychotherapy is an evidence-based intervention for children ages 0-6 and families who have experienced a traumatic event. The goal is to re-establish the child’s sense of safety, attachment and appropriate affect and improve cognitive, behavioral and social functioning. Treatment can last for up to one year, and sessions emphasize developmental guidance, emotional/physical regulation, processing the trauma, parent/caregiver support, parent-child play, and a collaborative approach to understanding child behavior. The type of trauma and child’s age determine the structure of the sessions. With infants the focus is on helping the parent/caregiver understand the trauma’s impact on development or functionality. Older children will take an active role in the treatment which often involves play and facilitating communication between the child and parent.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people's difficulties, and so change the way they feel.

Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS)
For more than a decade, the CPS model has demonstrated effectiveness with children and adolescents with a wide range of social, emotional, and behavioral challenges across a variety of different settings: from families, schools, mentoring organizations and foster care agencies to therapeutic programs such as inpatient psychiatry units, residential treatment and juvenile detention facilities. This evidence based model has also been applied in transitional age youth and adult programs as well as used with neurotypically developing kids to foster the development of social emotional skills. Entire states and provinces use CPS to provide a common philosophy and language and a structured, relational process for understanding and helping challenging kids. CPS is a strengths-based, neurobiologically-grounded approach that provides concrete guideposts so as to operationalize trauma-informed care and empower youth and family voice. Learn more



Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based intervention for children ages 2-6 with disruptive behavior problems including opposition/defiance, tantrums or aggression. An average of 15 therapy sessions focus on relationship enhancement and discipline strategies to improve behavior and family relationships, and emphasize concrete skill-building, live parent coaching and home practice. PCIT is highly effective and most families observe improvements in child behavior very early on in treatment. PCIT is appropriate for children who have experienced trauma and need help getting behaviors under control before processing trauma is possible. Adult participants may be biological parents, as well as foster, relative or other primary caregivers.

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Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based intervention for children ages 3-17 who are experiencing symptoms related to trauma and traumatic grief. Therapy sessions focus on understanding and managing the triggers and symptoms of trauma, and emphasize education, parent support, skill-building, and recovery from traumatic events. TF-CBT is usually 12-15 sessions. Learn more