Roza Skenderova

Professional Counselor Intern

I am a somatic psychotherapist offering body-centered, experiential therapy. I work with a wide range of adults to support our innate ability to restore healing and growth. I draw on principles from Contemporary Reichian Therapy in order to access underlying patterns that hold us back from thriving


  • Individual Therapy
  • Individual Therapy

My Approach

Somatic therapy integrates the body into the therapeutic process. In addition to thoughts and feelings, all of our experiences have a physiological component. For instance, when angry or afraid, we may notice tingling, or tightness, changes in heart rate or breathing. Including our body's process in therapy can give us a wider view of what is going on and more informed choices around how we respond, rather then reacting habitually and automatically. Our bodies have a built in system (in our nervous system) that can organically get through and bounce back from challenging experiences. Often times, people come into therapy when there is a disruption in that system. Working on the level of the body can access our primal ability to process through stressors and come back to baseline.  A session may include breath work, movement, body awareness, and talking about the impact of an experience. Each session is tailored to individual needs.

My Background

I have been immersed in the field of somatics for over 10 years as a dancer, student, facilitator, and now practitioner. I earned my Masters in Somatic Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Fransisco, CA. Additional to a body-centered approach, my studies included attachment theory, mindfulness, psychodynamics, and social justice. I have supplementary training in Contemporary Reichian therapy— an intensive 4-year program focusing on emotional regulation. Previous experience includes work with underprivileged communities inside the jail system and post-incarceration. I completed my movement training from Syzygy Dance Project, which focuses on bringing play, creativity and expression into underserved settings. I have experience and a particular passion for studying and working with multicultural and immigration experiences.


  • 503-893-9842
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  • 2328 NE Fremont
    Portland, OR 97212

At a Glance

  • Experience: 3 Year(s) of Practice
  • Neighborhood: Alameda
  • Rate: $60-100/session
  • Free Initial Consultation

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