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Choose the PATH to Healing

The Portland Attachment and Trauma Healing Center is an Outpatient Mental Health Clinic that provides Integrative Mental Health Services.  We are located in the heart of Portland and provide a safe welcoming place for children, teens and adults.

Most of us think of trauma in terms of losing a loved one, being in an accident, natural disasters and assault. Trauma includes but is not limited to being raised by parents who were emotionally, verbally and or physically abusive, mentally ill, physically and or emotionally neglectful, incarcerated, had dependency concerns, physically or emotionally abandoned you, and any type of sexual abuse.

People are resilient and many of us have some of the above mentioned traumas in our history. We are still able to create and keep long term intimate loving relationships. However if you have several of the above mentioned concerns you may be struggling in the areas of interpersonal relationships, job performance and play (your down time).  

We work with people who are struggling with Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions, ADHD, Parenting, Foster placement, Trauma and and Grief & Loss. Our therapists and staff are culturally affirming and welcoming to all communities, but therapists have specific training and expertise treating children and adults who have been adopted, those with trauma and attachment injury and the LGBTQ+ community.  We provide cutting-edge mental health related services to those seeking a way to walk the PATH to a more balanced, peaceful and happy life. 

Putting the Past in the PastConsider our Right Brain Therapy Protocols 

At The PATH Center we employ trauma protocols including Lifespan Integration, EMDR, Neurofeedback, Safe and Sound by Steven Porges, EFT and HeartMath.  We believe in putting neurobiology at the center of treatment.

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What is a Right-Brained Protocol?

During most counseling sessions a client's triggers are determined then coping skills are used as means of managing those triggers.  This works for some people. However when we are in an emotional state (in our right brain; feeling our emotions intensely), it is exceedingly challenging to remember and to use our coping skills. 


Rather than distracting oneself from their triggers with coping skills, PATH protocols aim to remove the triggers. Our left brains usually know the truth, it just doesn't feel true.  As an example people will often say "I know it wasn't my fault it just feels like I should have done something differently".  Having a left-brained to left-brained counseling session in which a therapist tells you it isn't your fault is helpful, but it can take a long time for the belief to feel true. 


Lifespan Integration: LI is also the fastest way we have found to bring self-empathy and self-compassion.  It is the only protocol that proves to the body that the past is in the past. When we think about the ACE Study (see the link above), it is very important for our body to know it is safe NOW.  Lifespan Integration (LI) does just that. By using memory cues that speak to your subconscious LI proves the past is in the past. In our clinic unless you have had many years of therapy, we utilize the LI protocol prior to utilizing EMDR. 

EMDR:  Is now a first treatment recommendation for trauma by the World Health Organization. EMDR can be miraculous when you are appropriately resourced for it and you have done LI. 

Neurofeedback: The PATH Center's sister company is Portland Neurofeedback.  The two clinics are in the same building. We offer state-of-the-art brain treatment for children, teens and adults.  Neurofeedback can address ADHD, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, fatigue, PTSD, traumatic brain injury and concussions as well as many other conditions and symptoms. Neurofeedback can help you think better, feel better and do better and can be a beautiful component of trauma work.

© 2018 by The PATH Center, Portland, OR

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