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Adoption - See "Miscellanous"
Adults Molested as Children - See "Sexual Abuse"
Bereavement - See "Grief & Loss"
Children & Adolescents - Search by topic (also see "Miscellaneous")
Divorce - See "Relationships"
Domestic Violence - See "Trauma Recovery"
GLBTQ - See "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, etc."
Unemployment - See "Career / Employment"

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Addiction & Recovery

Recovery through Relationship Groups
Accelerate your change & growth process by joining a group in a very intentional growth setting. The magic of these groups lies in the value of telling your truth in an open format while feeling increasing safety of being witnessed & understood over time. Support and feedback is customized to each member's unique struggles while common themes & tools of recovery are explored- $45 for 1.5 hours -insurance may apply. Potentially 5:45-7:30 on Tuesday Evenings unless popular demand moves it to another time slot.
Centrally located office off Terwilliger exit of I-5. Contact Larry Venaska LCSW for more info at 503-284-3847. Email: larryvenaska@gmail.com Web: www.larryvenaska.com

Listing date: December 2013

Hope After Crazy Making: A Process Group for Female Partners of Sex Addicts
This group provides guidance to understanding how to work through the pain of realizing your partner was or is currently acting out compulsively, and a safe space to process your experience and learn how to cope effectively.
Group meets weekly Wednesdays at 6:00-7:30pm SE Hawthorne and 50th, Mt. Tabor neighborhood. Cost: $50 per session. For more information please call Marie Cacao, LMFT at 503-985-8377. Pre-group assessment required.

Listing date: October 2013

"Power of Parents"
Free counseling for parents of drug-using, treatment-refusing youth.
Individual and group counseling based on Community Reinforcement and Family Therapy (CRAFT). All services are provided for free to qualifying parents/guardians of youth (ages 15-20) as part of a federally funded research project. Youth later engaged in therapy by their parents receive free services as well. For more information, call the staff at the Center for Family and Adolescent Research (CFAR) at 503-243-1065 or visit www.ori.org/CFAR/Portland.

Listing date: September 2013

Group for Family of Addicted People
Do you have a loved one dealing with addiction? Do they refuse to stop their behavior or admit that they have a problem?
This group has two intentions: (1) gain support from others with similar experiences. (2) learn skills to motivate loved one's to enter treatment.
Fridays 5pm-6:30pm
Will use "Get Your Loved One Sober" by Robert Myers, Phd as our guide.
$45/90 minute session. Sliding Scale available.
$15 materials fee.
Free initial consultation to discuss fit. Pre-group brief assessment required.
Call David Corse at 503.683.3576 for more information.

Listing date: September 2013

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Anger Management

Anger Management Group for Men
Sundays 11:00am-12:30pm.
$45/90 minute session. Sliding scale available.
Will work from widely used curriculum published by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration). Meets requirements for most mandated anger management groups.
Free initial consultation. Brief pre-group assessment required.
Call David: 503.683.3576 / www.knolltherapyformen.com

Listing date: September 2013

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Anxiety

Mind/Body Group for Anxiety and Stress Management
Psychoeducational. Experiential. Integrative. Reflective.
4 Mondays
7:15-8:45 pm
$120
Unfold Studios 3249 SE Division St Portland, OR 97202
Integrating therapeutic qigong (structured and intentional meditative movement) into group therapy, this group will help individuals prevent, relieve, and process anxiety and stress. Participants will learn a brief and effective qigong sequence to help manage stress and anxiety, and have opportunities to reflect upon and share personal experiences within a supportive group context. Pre-registration required. Please contact Peter at 503.806.9680 or PeterGoldTherapy.com.

Listing date: September 2013

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Art Therapy / Creativity

Art of Being You: An Experiential Process Group for Women
During times of change or life transitions we can sometimes feel lost or unsettled, and we may notice a deep longing to live in greater alignment with our essential self. Come be part of this encouraging and supportive circle... a healing journey group, where you will get to discover and experience what it is to be truly, authentically you, and safely explore what gets in the way. We will use group process, expressive arts, writing, "deep play", and other co-created inspirations to get out of the box and into the realm of unlimited possibilities.
Wednesdays 5:45-7:45pm. 7-week commitment. $280. This ongoing group allows for members to continue after initial 7-week session.
30 minute pre-group interview required to determine good fit.
Located in Inner SE Portland. Insurance and payment plans available. For more information or to register please contact Robin Friedman, LCSW at 503-348-4085 or visit www.robinfriedmantherapy.com.

Listing date: March 2014

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Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD, AD/HD)

No groups listed at this time.

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Autism Spectrum Disorders

No groups listed at this time.

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Career / Employment

Job Search Accountability Group
Sign up now to join our next Job Search Accountability Group. It's hard to score a job in a brutal economy. It's a lot harder alone. In my Job Search Accountability Group, participants meet for 1.5 hour sessions to support each other with ideas that can be put to effective use - immediately. We cover job search strategies, goal setting, and interview skills improvement; and, as importantly, encouragement to stay motivated, upbeat and self-confident. Offered by Carolyn Kreitz, MA, NCC, Career and Professional Counselor, who will provide key action items, timeline advice, materials and coaching. Group participants will determine meeting times and frequency. Location: Water Tower Office, 5331 S.W. Macadam, Suite 363, Portland, OR 97239. Currently accepting registrations for next group - Contact Carolyn at 503-707-9267, or email c.kreitz@jkcaddis.com to schedule a free 30-minute orientation, or for additional information. Space is limited to 5 participants.

Listing date: April 2014

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DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)

DBT Skills Group for Women
Offered in 4 rotating sections--
*Mindfulness Basics (8 weeks)
*Distress Tolerance (8 weeks)
*Emotional Regulation (8 weeks)
*Interpersonal Effectiveness (8 weeks)

Goals of the group-- Participants will learn practical skills for:
- Using mindfulness to stay balanced, non-judgemental and navigate life in an effective way
- Learning to cope with stress, drama and crises in skillful ways
- Learn how to manage and cope with strong emotions and moods
- Decrease interpersonal difficulties while increasing relationship effectiveness.

The group is now offering enhanced level of support in order to positively impact outcomes. Each program module includes: 8 2-hour group sessions, 2 individual 45 min. DBT skill refinement sessions, 4 individual mini-coaching sessions via email, private yahoo group for peer support, weekly diary card review and feedback program workbook, handouts and resource materials, art supplies, etc.
The 2 hr. groups is an engaging mix of learning skills through discussion and practice, role-plays and skits, self reflective meditation, small group activities and art therapy. Individual sessions are used to address problem areas that either the client or therapist identify. Additional individual sessions available at additional cost.
Cost - $750 per module. Early bird discount of $50 if paid in full by 2/15. Payment plans available and credit cards accepted. May be covered by insurance/ superbill available.
For more info or to schedule an intake, please contact Jessica (503) 737-4276. Email: Jessica@portlandintegrativecounseling.com

Listing date: January 2014

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Depression (co-ed groups)

ACT for Depression Group
This group combines the benefits of peer support and professional expertise to help you develop a new foundation for a better life. The group is based in a form of cognitive behavioral therapy called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which has been shown by science to be helpful in treating depression. The service is offered through the Depression Treatment Program at Portland Psychotherapy. To learn more about pricing (including sliding scale) meeting times, please visit portlanddepressiontreatment.com

Listing date: October 2013

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Food & Body Image

Women's Group: Healing the Chronic Dieter
This is a psychoeducational process group for women struggling with chronic dieting while living in a world that is toxic to self-esteem and value. The focus will be understanding America's obsession with thinness, dieting, and weight and obtain tools that will help guide you in the direction of ending the cycle of dieting so that you can live in your bodies in a grounded, loving way.
Two group locations will meet once a week for 8 weeks. On Wednesday night from 6-8pm in Multnomah Village and Thursday night from 6-8pm in NE Portland. Group rate is $25 per session with sliding scale options available.
For further information and to reserve your spot, contact Heidi Christensen, M.A., M.F.T. at (971) 226-8427 or email heidi.a.christensen@gmail.com.

Listing date: August 2013

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Grief & Loss

CONNECT AND REMEMBER: A GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
A six-week grief support group to join with others and share your story about your loved one. Gain resources and coping tools and process your grief as you continue your healing journey.
Wednesday Evenings
7:00pm-8:30pm
Trinity Episcopal Church
147 NW 19th Avenue
Cost: Free
R.S.V.P Rev. Raggs Ragan
Tel: 503-478-1208

Email: raggsr@trinity-episcopal.org / http://www.trinity-episcopal.org/
Group facilitated by Sheila Somers, LPC
www.sheilasomers.com

Listing date: March 2014

GATHER TOGETHER: A LESBIAN GRIEF GROUP
A six-week group for those grieving a loved one. Join with other lesbians in a safe environment to receive support and share your story. Learn coping tools and a mindfulness approach to grieving. Gain knowledge, resources and wisdom as you take steps to process your grief.
Tuesday evenings 6pm-7:30pm
Cost: $30/session, Total $180.
Contact Sheila Somers, LPC to register and for an initial consultation prior to group. Tel: 503-686-1047
Email: sheila@sheilasomers.com
Website: www.sheilasomers.com

Listing date: March 2014

The Art of Grief: An Experiential Group for Those Grieving the Loss of a Loved One
In this safe and supportive workshop, participants will have the opportunity to reflect, remember, and reminisce about their deceased loved one. We will use collage, drawing, writing, photo sharing, and personal reflection to create space for people to heal the pain of loss. Open to anyone grieving a loss, no matter how long ago the death occurred.
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30pm
$240/6-week session
Half-hour pre-group interview required to mutually discern good fit.
For more information or to register, call Jennifer Wohl, MA, LPC at (503) 964-8445 or visit www.jenniferwohl.com.

Listing date: January 2014

Grief Recovery Method® Actions to Move Beyond Loss
Grief is the normal and natural emotional response to a loss of any kind. Whether your loss is from: Death, Divorce, Loss of job, end of a relationship, or other loss - People tell you to let go and move on in your life, but they don't tell you how. The Grief Recovery Method® is a 7-Week program that provides a safe and supportive environment to help people move beyond the emotional pain caused by loss and offers the probability of a richer more meaningful life. You are guided through a series of actions to verbalize your feelings and help you process and complete the pain associated with those feelings.
This program is available as a 7-Week group, or 7-Week individual program with weekly meeting duration of 2 - 2.5 hours. Times for upcoming program participation will be determined on participant availability. Sessions are held at The Water Tower, 5331 S.W. Macadam, Suite 363, Portland, OR 97239. The program is offered on a sliding fee scale of $10 - $30 per session, which covers 14 -20 hours of group sessions, books and materials. Please discuss with me if you are experiencing financial hardship and would like to participate as a few scholarships are available. An individual intake session is required at no cost. Please contact Carolyn Kreitz, MA, NCC, Grief Recovery Specialist at 503-707-9267, or by email at c.kreitz@jkcaddis.com to register, or for more information. To learn more about the facilitator you can access her profile information at: http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/98328, or visit her website at: www.carolynmkreitz-counselor.com.

Listing date: January 2014

Grief Peer Support Group
(I-5 at 217)
Join an adult peer-support grief group. This group is open to adults 18 or over who have experienced the death of a spouse, parent, child, sibling or close friend and provide a safe, open place to be with others who have experienced a similar loss. Whether it's talking with other participants, using creative means to explore our grieving, or sharing support and available resources, we offer a mix of opportunities to share your experiences. Our groups follow the "I pass" guideline, which means you choose when and how much you share. Grief is unique for each individual. The intensity and duration are different for each person. Within each of us is the capacity to heal, support helps in that process.
Our group meets every other Thursday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 PM, and runs on a sliding fee scale of $10 to $25 per session, which covers cofacilitation and program costs. Contact Heidi Jackson, CGC to register or for more information at 503-351-5937.

Listing date: October 2013

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Group Therapy

Being Genuine in Relationship: A Process Group
In this weekly group participants will explore what it means to bring their whole self into relationship. Through the practice of being present and honest, members will have the opportunity to deepen their trust in themselves and others. Facilitated by Lee Scher, LPC and Amelia Morgan-Rothschild, LPCi. For more info call (503) 998-2297. $40 per session

Listing date: March 2014

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Health & Wellness

Healing and Emotional Support After Cesarean
This group is ideal for women who seek a safe and supportive space to process their cesarean birth experience. Difficult emotional responses to an unplanned or emergency cesarean may develop immediately after birth or may emerge much later. The anticipation of a subsequent pregnancy or birth may trigger the need for additional processing of previous traumas. There are many "right" ways to process and grieve. The aim of this group is to create a space for healing and community.
Held the second Tuesday of every month. 6:00-8:00 pm. Alma Education and Movement Space, Main Entrance. 1233 SE Stark St., Portland, OR 97214.
This is an open group. Pre-registration is requested. Please contact Carly Henderson at: (971) 270-0658. Babies in arms are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided. Free and open to the community.

Listing date: January 2014

Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) Group
This group was designed to help people gain awareness and skills to help reduce stress and tension in the body. Research has shown PMR to be effective for reducing multiple physical and mental health issues; some of these include anxiety, tension headaches, hypertension, and insomnia. This group is open and applicable to adults 18 and older.
The format of the group will consist of:
1) Learning about the stress response system.
2) Pinpointing where tension is in your body.
3) Incorporating PMR techniques to help relieve this tension.
This group is being offered for FREE in an effort to support the community. The group will be held Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm 7:00 pm at SUN Holistic Health. If you would like to join the group please contact Shanna Severn, M.S. at sunholistichealth@gmail.com. Pre-registration is required and space is limited so register early.

Listing date: November 2013

Living Well with Pain
A repeating 10-week for those living with persistent pain looking for new pain management approaches. Participants learn pain reversing skills based on modern science informed by ancient wisdom. Group meets Thursdays 2:30-4pm at Western Psychological & Counseling's Gresham office at Gresham Station. Almost all insurances, including Medicare and OHP accepted to pay for most or all of cost. $40 per session out of pocket. Group leader is Jay Wilkinson, Psy.D. For more information or to enroll, please call (503) 666-8832.

Listing date: October 2013

Stroke survivors and families support group
Your Future is full of hope. Saturdays, 1-3pm near 60th and NE Glisan. Call 503-788-9428 for reservation, free. Cheryl Jardine, Licensed counselor and stroke survivor myself. I want to spread the good news from recent research and dispel the fear surrounding these events. The brain keeps healing and learning. Learn how you can help.

Listing date: July 2013

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ) Issues

Being Bi*
*for bisexual, pansexual, and fluid people of any gender
Monday evenings, 6:30-8:00 PM. Facilitated by Morgan Fitz Gibbon, M.A. www.morganfitzgibbon.com
This group focuses on issues related to being bisexual. We share and process real life experiences, explore bisexuality in history, art, and current events, and build a support system and sense of community.
A commitment to regular attendance for a minimum of 12 weeks is required. The group is limited to 10 participants.
The fee is $30 per session or pay at the time of enrollment and receive two sessions for free.
Call 971-295-0222 for additional information and registration
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Listing date: March 2014

LGBTQ Divorce Support
Are you in the process of separating from your long term partner? This group is for you. Whether it's talking about your situation with other participants or sharing support and available resources, we offer a secure, non-judgmental place to find the strength and encouragement to move through this difficult time. Divorce/separation/break ups are unique for each individual. The intensity and duration of this transition is different for each person. Within each of us is the capacity to heal, support helps in that process.
This group meets once per month for 90 minutes.

Topics include: Heartbreak, denial/shock, grief, anger, loneliness, self-worth, adaptation, financial survival, children/parenthood, dating, forgiveness/letting go, learning to love again.
For more information call Gina Senarighi, MFT, CPC at 971-302-8286.

Listing date: March 2014

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Meditation / Mindfulness

Mindfulness Essentials: A Skills Training Class
The many applications of mindfulness are based on a few general principles whose simplicity and power have sparked interest for centuries. Our intention is to explore mindfulness skills as an essentially experiential process. Class participants will learn how to cultivate and improve their mindfulness skills. Exploring how this practice can improve mental health and physical wellbeing.
Where: Western Psychological & Counseling Services
890 SE 82nd Drive - Gladstone - Building B
Time: Monday Night Class, 5:30pm 7pm
With: Sarah J. Heaverlo, LPC, CADCI
Call: 503.659.5515 - extension 1213
Most insurances accepted.
Cash rate $200 for all 8 classes. First class is required.
www.westernpsych.com

Listing date: January 2014

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Men's Support

Being the Man I Am: Finding Change and Acceptance
An Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy group providing a safe and supportive place for Men to explore issues of identity, depression, anxiety, and interpersonal challenges. Topics are lead by group need, but focus on these types of questions: What are my personal expectations for myself as a man, what do I think my culture/society expects from me as a man, what is a healthy way to experience and express my emotions, what is meaningful and purposeful to me in this stage of my development, and how do I begin and maintain healthy relationships?
This group meets on Tuesday afternoons three weeks out of the month. The cost is $50 per session with sliding scale slots available. For more information please contact Risa Hobson at 503-290-6202 or risah@wtlcounseling.com.

Listing date: April 2014

Being the Man I Am: Finding Change and Acceptance
An Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy group providing a safe and supportive place for men to explore issues of identity, depression, anxiety, and interpersonal challenges.
Please contact Risa Hobson, LPC at 503-290-6202 or email risah@wtlcounseling.com for more information.

Listing date: January 2014

Empowered Man Group
Expanding and redefining the experience of healthy masculinity. For men looking for deeply transformative personal work with a committed group of men. Format draws on wisdom traditions, contemplative practices, and present-centered relationship-building, process, and exercises. Twice monthly on Tuesdays, from 7-9pm (Knott Street Health Center), fee is $45/session. Participation requires initial 8-session commitment, following phone chat and in-person interview.
Info/Interview: Jesse Johnson - 503.504.0941 - jesse@vitalcollective.com - www.vitalcollective.com

Listing date: November 2013

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Miscellaneous

Children's Social Skills Group Intervention (S.S.GRIN)
Deborah Mertlich, LCSW, is excited to announce a new group therapy opportunity called S.S.GRIN. It is a structured program designed for elementary and middle school aged children who may be experiencing difficulty assimilating in the classroom or other social settings.  The cause could be general anxiety, behavioral issues, or a formal diagnosis such as OCD, ADHD, or high functioning Autism.  Through arts and crafts, role-playing, scavenger hunts, and physical games children learn communication, self-control, perspective taking, build pro-social attitudes and enhance positive character traits like respect and responsibility.  In addition, children receive practical skills such as goal-setting, assessing the consequences of their actions, and build coping skills to better understand and deal with stressful social situations like teasing, rejection, and peer pressure.  We work closely with the parents, and feel that the families are a crucial element in the learning proc!
 ess.  We encourage parents to implement the skills taught in group by practicing them throughout the week at home. Held on weeknights at 4:15pm-5:15pm for younger children and 5:45pm-6:45pm for older children. There are a total of 10 sessions and the cost is $30.00 per session. For further information or registration, please contact Deborah Mertlich. Phone: (971) 252-1545 / Email: deborah.mertlich@gmail.com.

Listing date: April 2014

Jungian Fairytale Study Group
Once a month on a Wed. or Friday at 7pm, group members discuss a fairytale and work through it like a dream, to understand what the images have to tell us about the process of individuation and psychic growth. For more info call Lee at (503) 998-2297 or visit www.meetup.com/fairytale-study-group.

Listing date: March 2014

Assertiveness Skills Group
8 weeks Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm
Are you shy and passive? Or aggressive and abrasive when you speak up? Learn to act in your own best interest without anger or anxiety. Learn to express yourself comfortably without infringing on the rights of others.
This group is project-oriented, so come with a communication problem in mind.
Initial $100 screening is required (waived for current clients): call Melissa Owens at 503.963.9332 or email melissaowenslpc@gmail.com with Assertiveness in the subject line to schedule screening. Fee: $400 for 8 weeks, potentially billable to your insurance. Website: www.melissaowenslpc.com Location: 1020 SW Taylor Street #730, Portland OR 97205

Listing date: March 2014

Adoption Parenting Group
A weekly discussion group for parents raising children adopted at any age. Sole parents and all couples welcome.
Blending child development, mindful parenting, and awareness of our own layered identities, this peer support group offers shared resources and parenting experience with an adoption-informed perspective. Join us for practical tips and tools for building connection with your kids, setting limits, talking about adoption, finding balance--and time for yourself!--in the mix.
Group meets weekday evenings, 6-7:30pm, NE Portland. $30 per session. More info and pre-group interview:
MereAnn Reid, MA
child & family therapist
971-533-0228
NorthwestAdoptionSupport.com

Listing date: March 2014

Adopted Teens Group
Group for teen girls, ages 14+, adopted at any age.
We'll make art, share stories, and hear guest speakers--including adult adoptees. We'll talk about making choices, exploring identity and dreams, taking healthy risks, coping with stress, relationships, and discovering what you need to bloom into your best self. Group meets weekly for 6 Saturdays, NE Portland. Pre-registration interview requested.
$120 w/ commitment to the full series
MereAnn Reid, MA
Child & Family Therapist
971-533-0228
NorthwestAdoptionSupport.com

Listing date: March 2014

Ongoing Multifamily Recovery Group for Individuals,Couples and Families (Beaverton)
Thursday Evenings from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Adults 18-78. Preregistration is required.
This Weekly Group approaches the healing of the family's heart (and your heart) with discussion and exercises which lift up old stories with new possibilities. This is an opportunity to share with others the helplessness and frustration of living with (or growing up with) an illness, like addiction or a mental disorder in the family. Come and experience the hope which is generated when you tell your story in a safe and sacred space. We will be using experiential methods such as role play and body-centered activities which operate as a short cut to accessing your emotional world.
This group is led by two licensed master's level counselors who have experience in substance addiction treatment and have worked with families, couples and individuals in finding recovery from addictive and codependent behaviors. Both counselors are currently leading groups using action-oriented methods. Participants will be amazed how much fun they will have and how much these methods allow more spontaneity into a person's life.
The fee is $40 per class with sliding scale for those who qualify. Discount available for people who attend together. Please call 503-980-3118 and leave a message. Additional information will be shared when you register. Thank you for your interest.

Listing date: February 2014

ACT on Life Class
In ACT on Life, you'll learn techniques based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to break the grip of unwanted thoughts and feelings and more fully engage you life. You'll learn how to mindfully choose valued directions and work with obstacles that get in your way, skills that you can use to continue improving your life long after this course has ended. Cost for 9 weekly classes is $180 (sliding scale is available for those in financial need). To learn more, call Portland Psychotherapy at 503-281-4852.

Listing date: October 2013

Adoption Parenting Group
A weekly discussion group for parents raising children adopted at any age. Sole parents and all couples welcome.
Blending child development, mindful parenting, and awareness of our own layered identities, this peer support group offers shared resources and parenting experience with an adoption-informed perspective. Join us for practical parenting tools, building connection with your kids, talking about adoption, finding balance-and time for yourself!-in the mix.
Group meets Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm, inner NE Portland. Cost: $30 per session. For more info and pre-group interview, call MereAnn Reid, MA, child & family therapist, at 971-533-0228.
www.NorthwestAdoptionSupport.com

Listing date: October 2013

Nonviolent Communication Group
An 11 Week Introductory Group. In this series, we will explore:
  • How to translate our judgments and evaluations of self and others into a compassionate language of feelings and needs.
  • Move beyond power struggles - find ways for everyones needs to be considered.
  • How to transform anger into life-serving action.
  • How to shift thinking that leads to dis-connection.
  • How to create more intimacy in our relationships.
  • Letting go of old patterns of defending, withdrawing or attacking in the face of judgment, criticism and blame.
  • How to foster more self-compassion and self-connection.
  • How to make requests that allow freedom of choice
Tuesday Evening, 7 - 9pm. $280 per person. For more information or to register, call Anthony Marchant at 971-322-4475.

Listing date: September 2013

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Parenting

Bébé Difficile; Raising a Child with Challenging Behavior
For parents of children of all ages
This four-week course will help adults to better understand, communicate with and advocate for their children with challenging behavior. Different topics will be covered at each session and participants will be provided with take-home tools and recommended reading.
Week 1: Understanding - Why do challenging kids have challenging behaviors?
Week 2: Executive Functioning - How do I help my child develop her lagging skills?
Week 3: Collaborative Problem Solving - How do I intervene proactively to avoid power struggles and meltdowns?
Week 4: Families, Schools and Systems - How do I advocate for my child? Thursdays 6pm - 8pm at TreeHouse Childrens Boutique,
3954 N Williams, Portland, OR 97227. Taught by Carly Henderson, MA, Professional Counselor and Ben Kates, MA, Public Education Behavior Coach.
Cost $150 for one, $200 for two parents. Limited space available - Purchase tickets at http://bebedifficile.brownpapertickets.com. More information at: http://www.carly-henderson.com
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Listing date: April 2014

Parent-Child Attachment Playgroup
Strengthen your bond with your toddler and understand their needs, behaviors, and temperament.
A support and education group for parents and toddlers, 18-36 months. Learn about early child development, parenting strategies that prevent meltdowns and repair upsets more quickly, teaching social skills, setting limits, cultivating connection, and parent self-care. Children and parents attend group together, with a cohort of 5 families, weekly for 6 sessions. We'll use games, songs, give-and-take play, and be curious about child development. Originally designed to support new adoptive families, this group is recommended for bridging tough beginnings--extended hospital stay, colic, feeding issues, sleep challenges, parental separation--and provide new perspective on the next phase of parenting. The group is appropriate for adopted and non-adopted children, non-verbal kids ok; sole parents and all couples welcome.
Monday mornings, $120 for the series. Pre-registration interview requested. Call for more info.
MereAnn Reid, MA
child & family therapist
971-533-0228
NorthwestAdoptionSupport.com

Listing date: March 2014

Moms Supporting Moms
Parenting is not for the faint of heart! Come join other moms for support and encouragement in dealing with the toughest job we will ever love!  No fee is required, this group meets bi-weekly for 90 minutes by donation or 'love offering'.
For more information call Heidi at 503-351-5937.

Listing date: June 2013

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Relationships

Healthy Relationships
Building and maintaining a healthy relationship with friends, family and spouses can be difficult. At Pathways Therapy Services we are offering an ongoing therapy group for individuals with relationship concerns. This group includes relationship support, education and coping skills. Our groups are facilitated by professional therapists and have experience working with individuals having difficulty within relationships. Discover how you can build and maintain healthy relationships with this 6-week group.
Weekly topics discussed include:
o Components of a healthy relationship o Healthy communication
o Boundaries
o Coping skills
o Managing anger
o Building self-esteem
Group meets on Wednesdays 6:00pm-7:30pm. Cost: $198.00 for 6 weeks
To register for this group please visit our website www.pathways-therapy.com and
complete the group sign up form. For additional information, you may contact me directly: Jessica Tolleson, LPCi at (503) 714-5814.

Listing date: March 2014

Divorce/Separation Support Group
This group provides support to those experiencing the ending or end of an mportant realtionship or marriage. Picking up the pieces and embarking on a new life can be difficult. The denial, shock, grief and anger can be difficult to resolve on our own. In a safe environment, group facilitator, Robin Magdahlen, provides a safe environment in order to explore unresolved feelings, identify inherent strengths and new coping strategies and reconnect members to a stronger sense of life purpose. Robin is trained extensively in group work and in addition to traditional methods; art, guided imagery and expressive techniques. Group members will be able to:
  • Navigate difficult feelings in a safe environment of acceptance and support
  • Create a self care regimen
  • Build a stronger sense of self worth/positive identity
  • Identify inherent strengths that will assist each member in moving forward
  • Create healthier boundaries
  • Create a stronger support system
The cost of the this 8 week group is $280.00, or $250.00 if paid in full by first meeting. Intallment plan will be considered. The group meets on Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30. Call Robin at 503-380-2049, or email her at robin.livingplayfully@gmail.com

Listing date: February 2014

Love & Relationship Building: Small Group Exploration
An element to wholeness is relationships, interpersonal and intrapersonal. The group being offered is a 6 week long group that is designed to help people become more introspective on their values, beliefs and behaviors as they pertain to interpersonal and intrapersonal relations. The group offers 6 different topics of exploration and skill development and can be used to enhance relations with others and ones self. It is open and applicable to all adults; singles, those in relationships, and both sexual majority or minority individuals.
Here are the topics that will be covered:
Week 1 - Defining Your Values
Week 2 - Deal Breakers & Compromise
Week 3 - Communication
Week 4 - Loving Yourself
Week 5 - Experiences, Perceptions & Passing on Values
Week 6 - Individuality vs. Togetherness
The cost for the full 6 program is $150.00. If you are a current client with Sun Holistic Health the cost is $120.00. Pre-registration is required. Interested in knowing more or joining? Contact Shanna Severn at Sunholistichealth@gmail.com.

Listing date: November 2013

Reclaiming Ourselves: Group Therapy for Partners of Sex Addicts
The Reclaiming Ourselves therapy group provides structured meetings and experiential approaches based on research-driven models of recovery for partners of sex addicts. The group offers a safe and confidential space for partners to begin reclaiming a sense of self, exploring issues related to betrayal and grief, and begin healing from the trauma commonly experienced by partners of sex addicts.
Group meets Thursday evenings, (exact time TBD) at 1112 N.E. 21st Ave, Ste 3, Portland. Facilitated by Catherine Cooney, MS, LPC, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. Cost: $50 per session. Contact Catherine for initial screening at (503) 389-7668 or cooneycatherine@yahoo.com. Visit website for more information: www.catherinecooneytherapist.com.

Listing date: November 2013

Women's Divorce Support
Are you Divorced or Separated? You don't have to go through it alone! Whether it's talking about your situation with other participants or sharing support and available resources, we offer a secure, non-judgmental place to find the strength and encouragement to move through this difficult time. We follow the "I pass" guideline, which means you choose when and how much to share. Divorce is unique for each individual. The intensity and duration of this transition is different for each person. Within each of us is the capacity to heal, support helps in that process.

This group meets every other week for 90 minutes. Topics include: Denial/shock, grief, anger, depression, loneliness, self-worth, adaptation, financial survival, children and divorce, dating, forgiveness/letting go, learning to love again. For more information call Dee at 503-998-7481
Women supporting women, join us!

Listing date: June 2013

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Sexual Abuse

Survivors Support Group
(Trauma-focused support group for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Open to female-identified adults)
Our group focuses on creating a safe and supportive community, learning skills for managing anxiety, understanding the effects of sexual abuse trauma and improving the health of our minds, bodies and relationships. The group includes trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, creative arts therapies and movement.
Mondays 4-6pm, 12 week cycles / sliding scale $35-$45
Individual intake required to join, please contact Beth for details.
Beth VanBuecken, LMFT, RDT
8514 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97216
503-807-5610
bethvanbuecken@gmail.com
www.bethvanbuecken.com

Listing date: December 2013

Partners of Survivors of Sexual Abuse Support Group
This is support and educational group for partners who want to learn about the effects of sexual abuse, talk about their experiences, and learn skills to help themselves and their partners on their journey of recovery.
Objectives:
  • Learn about the effects of sexual abuse
  • Learn how it affects sexual intimacy
  • Learn how it affects emotional intimacy
  • Learn communication skills
  • Learn skills to support your partner
  • Learn skills to support yourself
  • Learn about the healing process
We will meet for 75-90 minutes at 7pm on Thursday evenings. Group meets twice monthly. The group is limited to 8 members and costs $35 per session and will meet for 6 sessions. Group meets at my office in Multnomah Village. Please contact me if you are interested in attending. LOUISE GORDON, LPC, 7739 SW CAPITOL HWY. #260 PORTLAND, OR 97219 / 503-869-2762 / www.louisegordonlpc.com.

Listing date: September 2013

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Sexual Health

Breaking the Cycle: Group Therapy for Sex and Relationship Addicts
Based on Patrick Carnes' Recovery Tasks model, the Breaking the Cycle therapy group provides structured meetings and experiential assignments in a confidential, supportive environment to help addicts in early and middle stages of recovery prevent relapse, establish healthy relationships, and explore core belief systems. The group offers addicts opportunities to reduce shame-based behaviors, reclaim a sense of self, develop healthy boundaries and communication skills, and explore issues related to trauma and loss. Facilitated by Catherine Cooney, MS, LPC, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, the group meets weekly on Mondays 6:00-7:30pm at 1112 N.E. 21st Ave, Ste 3, Portland. Cost: $50 per session. Contact Catherine for initial screening at (503) 389-7668 or cooneycatherine@yahoo.com. Visit website for more information: www.catherinecooneytherapist.com.

Listing date: March 2013

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Stress Management

No groups listed at this time.

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Trauma Recovery

Healing From Trauma: Learning/Support Group
This group will help participants understand what trauma is, how it can effect your health and well-being, and how you can heal.

The group will meet 6 times (every other week) and then continue if participants would like that. Please call Lee Scher, MA, LPC at (503) 998-2297 for more info or visit www.goldenkeypsychotherapy.com.

 

Listing date: March 2014

Groups for Survivors of Emotional, Physical and Sexual Abuse & Incest
These Women only/Men only support groups are designed to give you a safe and confidential environment to heal from your abuse and will allow you to build a community of other survivors that have been through similar experiences. Groups meet through out the week, and require an initial commitment of six weeks. Each session costs $25, and a sliding scale fee may be arranged for those that qualify. The group is facilitated by, Deborah High, M.A., LMFT #T0901, who specializes in working with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples dealing with abuse, incest and domestic violence. To set up an initial consultation or for questions please call 503-438-8780 or visit my website at www.sexualabusetherapies.com.

Listing date: March 2014

Groups for Partners & Family members of Survivors of Abuse
These support groups are designed to provide you with a safe and confidential environment to talk about the difficulties of being in relationship with a survivor of abuse. This group will explore and discuss the affects that the abuse has on them as individuals and in relationship to the survivor. It will allow each participant the opportunity to share their story and to receive feedback and support from others that are in a similar situation. The format of the group will use a combination of process, education and resource tools for its members in an effort to give each member the best outcomes of successful treatment. Groups meet through out the week, and require an initial commitment of six weeks. Each session costs $25, and a sliding scale fee may be arranged for those that qualify. The group is facilitated by Deborah High, M.A., LMFT #T0901, who specializes in working with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples dealing with abuse, incest and domestic violence. To set up an initial consultation or for questions please call 503-438-8780 or visit my website at www.sexualabusetherapies.com.

Listing date: March 2014

DV [domestic violence] support group
Domestic violence can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or social status. Not only can it have obvious physical effects but it can cause emotional and psychological damage as well. Feelings of anxiety, sadness, grief, guilt, or isolation are common after leaving an abusive relationship.
The effects of domestic violence can be devastating and yet healing can be found when we share our experiences and connect with others. This support group is for individuals who - previously received or are currently receiving counseling for domestic violence and seek continued support.
This group meets on Tuesdays at 6:00pm to 7:30pm. Cost: $35.00 per session. For more information about this group, visit www.pathways- therapy.com or contact the group leader at (503) 714-5814 or tollesoncounseling@gmail.com.

Listing date: March 2014

8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery Group
Women only. Saturdays 12:00pm-1:30pm.
Learn vital skills for trauma recovery with safety as a priority. We will use Babette Rothschild's book "8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery" as our guide.
An eight week group. $45/90 minute session. Sliding scale available. Free initial consultation to discuss fit. Brief pre-group assessment required.
Call David for more information. 503.683.3576

Listing date: September 2013

Clackamas Women's Services Domestic Violence Support Groups
CWS offers free, ongoing support groups for survivors of Domestic Violence in Clackamas County. For more information or to find a group near you please call our 24 hour crisis and support line at: (503)654-2288 or 888-654-2288.

Listing date: August 2013

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Women's Support

Not Your Mother's 30's: An 8-week Women's Therapy Group
Today, women in their 30's experience the world & themselves very differently than their mothers did. Join other women navigating this decade of life.
Daytime and evening groups forming, Mondays & Thursdays, times TBD. Cost: $40/session or $295 if paid in full. Some insurance can be billed. Southeast Portland.
Call Katrina Gould, LCSW at 503-702-0877 for more information.

Listing date: April 2014

Women In His Image: Uncovering our True Selves
A Christian Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy group providing a safe and supportive place for Women to explore issues of identity, relationships, faith, and life. Topics covered are lead by group need, but focus on exploring these types of questions: what does it mean to be a human being, what does it mean to be a child of God, what does it mean to exist within myself and in this world, what is meaningful and purposeful to me in this stage of my development, and how am I affected by personal or sociocultural stressors?
The group meets on Thursday evenings three weeks out of the month. Cost is $50 a session with sliding scale slots available. For more information, please contact Risa Hobson at 503-290-6202 or risah@wtlcounseling.com

Listing date: April 2014

Daring Way™ Women's 8-Week Group (Sundays)
The Daring Way group is designed to help women just like you build resilience to shame, foster self-compassion as well as learn the key elements to living a wholehearted life. We will focus on identifying what is holding you back in your life and how to develop skills to live a courageous and connected life. The material is based on the life work of Dr. Brené Brown in the area of shame and vulnerability.
Group meets Sundays 6:00-8:00 pm in NE Portland and is $450 for the 16 hour curriculum.
For more information or to register, call Daring Way Certified Facilitator candidate, Gina Senarighi at (971) 302-8286.

Listing date: March 2014

Daring Way™ Women's 8-Week Group (Thursdays)
The Daring Way group is designed to help women just like you build resilience to shame, foster self-compassion as well as learn the key elements to living a wholehearted life. We will focus on identifying what is holding you back in your life and how to develop skills to live a courageous and connected life. The material is based on the life work of Dr. Brené Brown in the area of shame and vulnerability.
Group meets Thursdays 11:00am-1:00 pm in NE Portland and is $450 for the 16 hour curriculum.
For more information or to register, call Daring Way Certified Facilitator Candidate, Gina Senarighi at (971)302-8286.

Listing date: March 2014

Firestarters Women's Group
This Womens group meets monthly on to discuss our inspiration, desires, and hopes and hold each other accountable to move in the direction of our dreams. We will be working through the book THE FIRE STARTER SESSIONS, by Danielle LaPorte, to unleash our Creative Genius.
Cost is $30/evening. Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30pm in NE Portland. Call Gina Senarighi (971)302-8286 to register.
Be sure you've picked up Danielle LaPorte's fabulous book THE FIRE STARTER SESSIONS. Prepare for this gathering of Fire Starters by completing the Worksheets at the end of every session. This can be made easier with a notebook and many colors of pens, glitter and stickers, if you so desire. If you miss a week or fal behind, come anyway. We will open the night where we left off. Sharing our core desired feelings. If you want to know more, check out LaPorte's audio here: http://soundcloud.com/danielle-laporte/the-desire-map-sneak-peek Indulge and enjoy. Grab a cup of tea and listen.
If you can't get enough, or can't get the book...check out this series of posts from the Huffington Post. 30 Day To Fire Up Your Creative Genius. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/danielle-laporte/creative-genius_b_1421334.html

Listing date: March 2014

From Patterns to Possibilities: Increase your aliveness, connectedness and creativity
Shift unconscious patterns to conscious possibilities and create Shift unconscious patterns to conscious possibilities and create alliances with yourself, family, friends, co-workers -- heck, with all of us! alliances with yourself, family, friends, co-workers -- heck, with all of us!
Through body-centered, playful, high-energy, emotionally intelligent Through body-centered, playful, high-energy, emotionally intelligent and reliable practices: and reliable practices:
  • End the blame/complain game End the blame/complain game
  • Learn fair (even FUN) fighting Learn fair (even FUN) fighting
  • Transform defensiveness into curiosity Transform defensiveness into curiosity
  • Become a Master Appreciator (and receiver of appreciation) Become a Master Appreciator (and receiver of appreciation)
  • Step out of win-lose and enter the Infinite Game Step out of win-lose and enter the Infinite Game
7 Thursdays, 7:00-9:00pm, at The Float Shoppe, 1505 NW 23rd Ave. $285. For info and reservation, email patterns2possibilities@gmail.com

Deb Katz, BA, RN, LMT
Birth Doula, Conscious Leadership Consultant
Caroline Resari, LCSW
Certified Transformational Coach
Sheila Resari, BA, LMT
Conscious Living/Transformational Coach

A percentage of profits will be donated to a local charity, to be determined by the group, because we believe personal growth serves the community!

Listing date: March 2014

Art of Being You: An Experiential Process Group for Women
During times of change or life transitions we can sometimes feel lost or unsettled, and we may notice a deep longing to live in greater alignment with our essential self. Come be part of this encouraging and supportive circle... a healing journey group, where you will get to discover and experience what it is to be truly, authentically you, and safely explore what gets in the way. We will use group process, expressive arts, writing, "deep play", and other co-created inspirations to get out of the box and into the realm of unlimited possibilities.
Wednesdays 5:45-7:45pm. 7-week commitment. $280. This ongoing group allows for members to continue after initial 7-week session.
30 minute pre-group interview required to determine good fit.
Located in Inner SE Portland. Insurance and payment plans available. For more information or to register please contact Robin Friedman, LCSW at 503-348-4085 or visit www.robinfriedmantherapy.com.

Listing date: March 2014

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