Quinn Rivenburgh

Quinn Rivenburgh (they/them)

Art Therapist

MAAT, ATR-BC, LAT, LPCC

I'm not here to help you; I'm here to co-create and mutually imagine your most fully lived life.

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

503-765-5733

Full Spectrum Therapy

1219 SE Lafayette ST, Suite 100

Portland, 97202

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $140-$220

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2017

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual
  • Family
  • Group
  • Child
  • Relationship
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

My Ideal Client

I am honored to work with trauma survivors in re-discovering their own sense of safety and autonomy. ▵ It brings me joy to support trans and queer folks in establishing a more congruent connection to themselves. ▵ I love supporting clients in freeing themselves from old patterns no longer serve them. This could be from attachment wounds, family of origin/intergenerational trauma, coping tools that you've grown out of, or relationship & communication patterns that have you stuck in a rut.

How I Can Help You

I am a trauma-informed therapist. ▵ Trauma is the result of circumstances which overwhelm a person's ability to cope. This causes an instinctual trauma response in the body, mind, and spirit. This response, while integral to helping a person survive the traumatic experience or situation, can become harmful over the long term. These circumstances look different for each person, and the impact is unique to each person. ▵ The aftermath of trauma often can feel isolating, confusing, or overwhelming. Seeking therapy is one of the best gifts you can give yourself; for many, it can be the first step in healing. ▵ For survivors of trauma, it is often difficult to determine what is safe and what is not. The first goal in working with a therapist is to establish and recognize what safety looks like for you--and thus, what harm and danger look like for you. ▵Healing from trauma happens over time. But the aphorism that 'time heals all wounds' is not enough; what matters what you do with that time.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe that therapy is political, and that to pretend otherwise does a disservice to therapist and client alike. I practice therapy as my small contribution toward the world's collective liberation. ▵ I am a nonbinary transgender individual, and work to enact a world where everyone is able to live in gender euphoria. ▵ I am a white therapist, and I work to practice therapy in an actively anti-racist way by undoing internalized white supremacy within myself, the mental health field, and my community.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Art Therapy External link

    Art therapy is a therapeutic modality that focuses on visual and metaphorical tools for healing emotional suffering. It is a way of externalizing the thoughts and feelings which cause pain. It is particularly useful for addressing issues in life that are hard to talk about—like grief, death, loss, trauma, hopes, dreams, and fears. ▵ Art therapy is not necessarily about creating beautiful works of art. It is about attending to the poetry and metaphor of our life stories.

  • Somatic Therapy (Body Centered) External link

    Somatic Experiencing Therapy is a trauma-healing technique focused on the body. Because of the way that traumatic memories are stores in our brains and nervous systems, it is often not effective to merely talk about the trauma. This is because trauma reactions get "stuck" in the nervous system. Somatic Experiencing Therapy uses body-based tools to help mitigate and resolve trauma responses, in order to restore resilience and ease to a person's daily lived experience.

  • Feminist External link

    Old-school therapy meant an 'expert' pronouncing declarations on the patient's problems. This style has caused a lot of harm, particularly to people facing systematic oppression. ▵Within the therapeutic relationship, I aim to reduce the hierarchy as much as possible to create a sense of freedom within sessions. I strive to meet you where you are at. I acknowledge, celebrate, and support explorations of the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, and other axis of difference.

  • Narrative  External link

    Narrative Therapy is a respectful, shame-reducing approach that considers you as the expert in your own life. It's my job to share tools to help you make sense of it. We will work collaboratively to determine your goals, mapping out the 'road' of therapy together, and working alongside one another to strategize any 'roadblocks' that are in your way. ▵ In the words of Victor Frankl, "an abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior." You're not broken--you've survived so much.

  • Mindfulness-based External link

    I am a yoga teacher and have an active meditation practice of my own. I have found trauma-informed mindfulness approaches a useful entry point for trauma survivors to begin to make friends with their bodies again. ▵ There is a history of trying to separate the mind and the body, which has caused untold damage for many people. I use gentle, safe methods, developed in collaboration with you, to return to the present moment. As always, consent is most important and we will move at your pace.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • PTSD External link

    Our bodies contain complex mechanisms for keeping us safe, and for surviving dangerous, often horrific experiences. However, sometimes we can get 'stuck' in survival mode. ▵ We will work together to build a container of safety, co-regulation, and trust within sessions. Then, at *your* pace, we will work to explore, make sense of, and discharge these difficult experiences.

  • Gender Identity External link

    Every person deserves to live a life in their most congruent gender. I support folks in exploring their lived experience of gender, finding where misalignment occurs, and getting creative about realizing gender euphoria. We will explore any necessary transition steps, including social and medical transition. ▵ Our medical system currently creates many barriers to gender-affirming care. My aim is to mitigate these barriers and pave the way for access to care.

  • Cultural and Systemic Oppression External link

    Our binary, individualistic norms in Western culture create shame and blame for people who are suffering--when in reality, so much of suffering are due to systems of oppression and power. ▵ Life is lived outside of check-marks on demographic forms; our experiences are nuanced and intersectional. We gain or lose access depending on our social location, in ways subtle and micro. I support you in mapping these systems, and strategizing with you toward surviving and thriving.

  • Compassion Fatigue External link

    So many of us are caregivers. So many of us overfunction (go beyond our capacity) as caregivers. And for many of us, particularly those who are BIPOC, femme, queer, women, etc--we are expected to care for the world, and to clean up the messes of others. Sometimes, it's easier to care for others than to care for yourself. In addition, caregiving can be a trauma response in itself. ▵ Through exploring these dynamics and the boundaries we need to stay healthy, we can vow not to burn out.

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