Professional Counselor Associate
Navigating this human journey is challenging. It is our nature to crave a safe, attuned, and responsive place to share ourselves.
4531 SE Belmont Street
Portland, OR 97215
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2018
Internal Family Systems suggests that our inner world is comprised of many varied parts, each with different opinions, beliefs and energies. It also suggests we hold within a calm, wise and loving Core Self. The work of IFS is to heal the wounded parts and restore balance within our system by attending to our often child-like parts which need loving care.
We hold within a wise and reliable compass which is uniquely our own. Mindfulness and somatic practices are some of the tools to becoming more trusting of and familiar with our inner truth.
Emotion Focused Therapy suggests that our emotional inner life can be our most valuable guide rather than felt as mere states of being. As we allow ourselves to more deeply experience our emotional climate, we can become more intentional, aware and discerning with our life choices.
As vital as air and water, feeling connected and safe are essential states of well-being. How do we tend the collective and individual impacts of Corona? Feelings of fear, anxiety, loneliness, anger and grief are expected yet can be challenging to navigate. Let's gather via tele-sessions to compassionately explore, allow, shift and perhaps realize greater connection and calm in the uncertainty.
We all have within an inner toolbox-reliable and trustworthy resources of self-love and self-regulation. But maybe during life's travails, we've lost connection and access to, or belief in this wellspring of knowing. And yet, we never lose our veritable tool box- we can just get reacquainted.
The quality of our relationships, particularly our intimate ones, is vital to our sense of life satisfaction. We need to feel connected, seen, loved and chosen. But relationships can also be challenging. Sometimes we rely on strategies that sabotage comforting connection. Creating a safe space to be vulnerable and unpack our protective and sensitive parts can allow for deeper intimacy.
Our culture often places an expiration date on grief's timeline. But for those of us who have known grief-who have lived the full body experience of loss as a visceral, shattered, flattened, leaded amputation of life as we once knew it- understand that grief will not be censored. Honoring and tending and holding and loving our grieving parts-- this is the spacious journey through.
Life is challenging. We are bombarded daily with its impact. It makes sense that we would have an anxious part that feels fear or unease. In fact, this part even has wisdom to share. Often when we get to know this worried part more deeply, our system can relax and trust a bit more.
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