I believe personal challenges provide an opportunity for change and growth. To enhance and support this process, I provide a warm, nonjudgmental, safe, direct and interactive therapy environment. I use a combination of psychodynamic, developmental and family systems theory to empower clients, and help them become aware of options and facilitate growth.
I have a background in mental health and education. I taught elementary school for several years, then earned a Masters in Social Work and combined these two fields to work as a school social worker. In 1981, I opened my private practice, specializing in adolescents. Since then, my areas of expertise have grown to include: couples therapy, women's issues, parent coaching, relationship issues, life transitions, and mindfulness. I work with couples and individuals of all ages.
Mark H. Kohen, PsyD
I am a Clinical Psychologist licensed to practice in Oregon. I have experience in both general medical and psychiatric hospital settings as well as out-patient mental health clinics. I have been in full-time private practice since 1985.
Areas of expertise and interest include: depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, chronic pain, child behavior problems, adult ADHD, and issues related to aging. I have experience in designing, implementing and operating Employee Assistance Programs as well as consulting for businesses.
I work with people across the lifespan--from children to seniors. I see individuals, couples and families.
I have had training in psychodynamic, family systems, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness and play therapies. My approach is a blend of these tailored to meet the needs of the particular people with whom I'm working. My style is warm and gentle, but direct and active. I often give homework and encourage people to pursue information or try new behaviors/approaches between sessions.
Lark Ryan, LCSW
My therapy style is warm, direct, and collaborative. In my practice I listen carefully to your hopes (and fears) for the future, and work to free you up from the limits of the past. I foster the growth process through challenging old patterns and helping create new possibilities with compassion and occasional humor.
I am a Certified EMDR Practitioner. EMDR (eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing) is a mind-body psychotherapy that can facilitate rapid, profound and lasting healing. Typically used for trauma, EMDR can assist with other issues as well. (For more info on EMDR go to emdr.com or emdria.org) Working holistically, I also specialize in assisting clients with chronic pain, and resolving performance anxiety.
Nina Olken, M.Ed.
I am a Portland Oregon native, and hold a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Career Development Counseling. I am currently in training to become a Global Career Development Facilitator. I am also a member of the Oregon Career Development Association and the Oregon Counseling Association. I have worked at a number of universities including Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tufts University where I counseled a diverse population of students on a wide range of topics including: career aspirations/direction, resumes, cover letters, interviewing, job/internship search, negotiation.
I am passionate about helping individuals find meaningful work by assisting clients to express their needs, interests, skills and values to determine realistic and viable job and career options. Whether a client is deciding on an internship, first job, new career, job change, promotion or retirement, I work with any and all phases of the process required to help my clients attain their goals.