Johanna Rayman

Johanna Rayman (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, GCFP

My approach is holistic/body-mind inclusive, client-centered, trauma-informed, and social justice-oriented.

Client Status

waitlist

Contact

503-380-5437

3939 NE Hancock St.

Suite 207

Portland, 97212

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $90-$125

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2009

Languages: English, Español

Faith: Agnosticism

Services

  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Medicare
  • OHP Open Card
  • PacificSource
  • Reliant Behavioral Health (RBH)

My Approach to Helping

Holistic/body-mind: This perspective seeks differentiation and integration, working with you as a whole being (thoughts, emotions, senses, and movement), AND as a person relating with a community, culture, and society. Client-centered: You are the expert on your experience, and I offer an environment and ideas to help you find clarity. We will work together to tailor our sessions to what feels the most helpful to you. Social Justice: Often our “psychological problems” are actually natural (if uncomfortable) responses to an unhealthy, unjust society. Therapy can help with finding your way through difficult times. Trauma-informed: I strive to make my services easy to access and understand; I am collaborative and mindful about entering into discussions about trauma; I am open to your input about what would make sessions with me feel safer.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

Social justice has been a central theme of my work life since the mid-1990s. I studied Sociology in college and still see suffering from a societal and interpersonal perspective as well as an individualized perspective; I believe in the healing power of co-creating a warm, welcoming environment for individual introspection. I have been a Social Worker since 2000, with a clinical license since 2006, a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner (cm) since 2007, and have been working as a psychotherapist since 2009. Continuing education has focused on trauma treatment, managing chronic pain, Internal Family Systems, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (level 1), other somatic psychotherapy approaches, advanced workshops in the Feldenkrais Method, and my own personal healing work.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Somatic Therapy (Body Centered) External link

    Our bodies are involved in all of our thoughts & emotions. Sometimes words can't convey the depth of our experience, but mindful attention to physical experience can open up new awareness and self-compassion. I am trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and the Feldenkrais Method(R). I am also influenced by ideas from Interpersonal Neurobiology, Internal Family Systems, and Authentic Movement.

  • Interpersonal External link

    Interpersonal Neurobiology looks at how our relationships with other people are vitally important in how we perceive and interact with ourselves. This has emphasized to me the importance of warmth, acceptance and connection in therapy.

  • Feminist External link

    Feminist theory offers a lens for understanding systemic oppression and its interaction with mental health. While the history of feminism is fraught with white privilege, there are anti-racist and intersectional perspectives in some angles of feminism that intend to correct these issues. This perspective also encourages therapists to share power with clients as much as possible. I try to be aware of the ways that my own privilege and cultural bias can influence my work with others.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Chronic Pain or Illness External link

    I have specialized in working with chronic pain & illness since 2007. While you may think that you already have too much awareness of your body (it's so uncomfortable!), increasing a fine-tuned awareness is actually a valuable tool in finding relief from pain and discomfort and creating a safe space within your own body.

  • LGBTQ Issues External link

    I am a lesbian and have provided social services to the broader LGBTQ+ community since the mid-1990s. I can help with questioning identity/ coming out, or offer a safe space to focus on other therapy goals where your identity is not an issue. I have training & experience supporting transgender/ non-binary/ genderqueer people since 2013, including assessments for gender-affirming procedures.

  • PTSD External link

    Most of my continuing education has focused on trauma treatment, including PTSD and other trauma-related symptoms. I have experience working with acute, complex/developmental, and historical trauma. I strive to promote safety and a slow pace in our sessions to prevent your system becoming overwhelmed by re-experiencing traumatic events, and developing your capacity and presence to move forward.

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