Experiential

As the name suggests, experiential therapy is a therapeutic approach that focuses on the idea of experiencing, encouraging clients to address issues through activities like role playing. Part of the theory behind experiential therapy is that by focusing the client on a task or activity, they are more likely to behave in an unguarded manner, allowing the therapist to make important observations and provide valuable feedback. The term experiential therapy can also be applied to numerous other therapeutic practices such as equine therapy, art therapy, music therapy, and wilderness therapy.

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Brooke Vaille (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Associate #R9241

I am Level 1 Certified in Restoration Therapy (RT). RT is a model based in attachment, family dynamics and mindfulness to help clients identify ways in which they get "stuck" and how to form more loving and trustworthy ways of being and communicating.

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Carl Jensen

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, LPC

I have significant background in Psychodrama therapy, as well as Gestalt therapy. When a client goes deep into a problem area, this approach may often be the most valuable. There are numerous therapeutic experiential interventions that have the potential to creatively begin healing or transform an individuals problem area.

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Ajay Dheer (He/They)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy

Experiential therapy was a large focus of my training in graduate school. My studies and my clinical practice have included various experiential based approaches, including but not limited to: mindfulness, breath work, role plays and other more traditional experiential techniques. These techniques can be particularly helpful when traditional talk therapy could use a boost.

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Michaela Christopher (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

M.A. Marriage, Couple, & Family Therapy

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"Paisley" Jen Burrell (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LPC, LMFT

Experiential therapy in couples counseling focuses on present emotions and experiences rather than just talking. Through activities and exercises, couples engage directly with feelings, improving understanding and communication, and fostering deeper connections.

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Lauren Stines (she/they)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MA MCFT

Our experiences make up who we are. As an experiential therapist, I will invite you to explore how you are experiencing the content of your life within the 'here and now'. I do so by engaging my clients with mindfulness exercises that explore their present emotional responses to the content they bring to therapy.

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Sawyer Salameh

Licensed Professional Counselor

I work with what is happening in the room to help us understand ourselves and to gain more control and power over our choices and life. Our experience is everthing that is happening on the room from our thoughts, feelings, and body.

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Gabriella Losada (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

Experiential therapy involves bringing creative elements or activities into session that take us beyond just staring at each other and talking. Sometimes this means writing, making art, using music, or creating a tangible coping tool to process things in a different way. Creativity can be helpful in moving through grief, trauma, and dissociation, especially when verbal processing feels difficult.

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Anna Schaum

Licensed Professional Counselor

I am a Board Certified Practitioner of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy (www.psychodramacertification.org), am qualified to train therapists in this modality, and teach at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR and Antioch University in Seattle.

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Suzanne Sanchez (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

I use experiential techniques to help clients access parts of their sub-conscious mind. Examples may include art therapy techniques, role-playing, writing, and play therapy. Through experience, insight is often increased, and as self-awareness grows so can self-esteem, self-confidence and motivation.

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Savannah Torkelsen

Professional Counselor Associate

OR license # R7416, WA license # MC61259505

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Tori Morrison (she/they)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

MA, LMFT

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Ayala Parker (she/they)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

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Grace Silvia, LCSW (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Whether talking about what happened yesterday or in your family growing up, we will work with what you experience as you explore it in the moment. That way the work is fresh, not a stale re-hashing of an old, stuck story. Using basic building blocks of gentle curiosity, compassion and honoring both what shows up as well as resistance to what shows up, deep transformation happens.

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Brooke Kaufman (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

M.A.

It is only through present-moment experience that we are able to have a new experience of being with ourselves and others. There are practical tools of awareness that I will guide you in to be able to develop more capacity to experience emotions and sensations. Through nervous system tracking, mindfulness practices and other somatic modalities, you will learn the skills you need to feel more centered and to have more capacity for aliveness.

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Joyce Korschgen (Ms)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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Jane Flanagan (they/them)

Professional Counselor Associate

Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Stephanie Podasca (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC, LMHC

Somatic and mindfulness-based therapy is experiential at its core. By working in the present moment and including the body’s inner wisdom in our work, we can tap into connection with our most authentic Self. Experiential therapy gives us the real-time tools to track and engaged with both the joys and sorrows of the human experience. This type of therapy places more emphasis on the present and future rather than focusing too much on the past.

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Skyhook Counseling Center

Professional Counselor Associate

PSYD, LPC, Professional Counselor Associate

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Alicia Turgesen (She/Her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

MA, LMFT

It is through our experiences that we're able to open new doors to healing and growth. Through various experiential activities, you're able to consider new ways of being and therapeutically experience your emotions and thoughts.

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