Roza Skenderova

Professional Counselor Intern


  • Individual Therapy
  • Individual Therapy

My Approach

Somatic therapy integrates the body into the therapeutic process. This means that while we address emotions, thoughts, and behaviors we also consider how the body is holding experience as well. For example, when our hearts start racing, or when we feel a knot in our stomach, our body is telling us something important about our experience. In the therapy room, this can look like talking about what’s going on, slowing down to pay attention to bodily sensation, using breath to deepen into experiences or exploring a particular gesture or movement. As we get a deeper sense of what is going on for us, we can have more informed choices in our responses, rather then reacting habitually and automatically. In addition to looking inward to bodily experience we will also consider larger contexts - such as family and social dynamics - that exist outside of us but still have a real impact on our whole being.

My Background

My study of embodiment and psychology grew out of my fascination with movement, creative expression, and a curiosity about how both affect our wellbeing. 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 and psychodynamics. I have supplementary training in Contemporary Reichian therapy— an intensive 4-year program focusing on emotional regulation. Previous experience encompasses both private practice settings and 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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  • 516 SE Morrison St, Suite 1010
    Portland, OR 97214

At a Glance

  • Experience: 3 Year(s) of Practice
  • Neighborhood: Buckman
  • Rate: $80-100/session
  • Free Initial Consultation

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