Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing is a scientifically proven to treat trauma, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, addiction, performance anxiety and much more.
KATHRYN HOOVER, MS, LPC
EMDR Certified Clinician
Kat is a board certified state licensed professional counselor with the state of Oregon and is certified in EMDR. She specializes in treating people 18 and up who experience challenges related to trauma, PTSD, dissociative disorders, and mood disorders. Originally from North Carolina, she has called Oregon home for the last 8 years. She received her Bachelor's degree in Outdoor Experiential Education from Appalachian State University and her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Oregon State University-Cascades.
Kat began her journey as a therapist by working in a wilderness therapy program in Utah. She was awed by the resilience and creativity of those participants, and drew huge amounts of inspiration from the natural world. She is now living her dream by providing hope, compassion, and results to her clients. She has been inspired by the strength and efficacy of EMDR therapy and ego state therapy, both of which work beautifully in concert. Kat obtained advanced training in dissociative disorders, pre-verbal trauma, and somatic resourcing to better support clients in embodying and owning their therapeutic journey. Of course, humor and joy has its own special place in the healing process!
When she is not in her office, you can find her on any given day spending time with loved ones, running an obstacle course race, or curled up with a book.
KALLIE COTHERN, M.ED, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor, EMDR - Trained
Kallie is a state licensed and board certified Professional Counselor with a Master’s degree in Family Counseling from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and a Certified Yoga Instructor. Kallie specializes in the treatment of adolescents, adults, couples and families struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, behavioral/communication issues, gender discovery and adjustment in major life transitions. Her holistic view of health and wellness informs her ability to support client’s awareness of the interplay between mind, body & spirit in their personal journey to health and happiness. Kallie believes that individuals are the true experts in their own lives and she seeks to work collaboratively with clients to explore and nurture their own innate desire and strengths to achieve growth, healing and wellness.
KARI MALJAI, MA, LPC
EMDR Certified Clinician
Kari is a state licensed and board certified Professional Counselor. She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and began her clinical work in the mental health field in 2000.
Kari specializes in the treatment of adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder, relational stressors and grief and loss. Kari strives for a therapeutic relationship that is accepting, collaborative and authentic. She is passionate about helping her clients to better understand themselves in order to create the lives that they desire.
When not at work, Kari can be found trying to keep up with her active family. She loves the Pacific Northwest and that all it has to offer, but she also has a serious love for travel.
ALISON GULLION, MA, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor, EMDR-Trained, Founder/Owner
Alison is a state licensed and board certified Professional Counselor specializing in adolescents and adults struggling with depression, bi-polar, anxiety, disordered eating and PTSD. Alison has been in private practice in the Portland metropolitan area since 2004. Her professional passion is centered around coordinating the mind, body, and spirit in order to bring harmony and balance to her clients. She believes in a collaborative healthcare system of wellness where communication between Primary Care, Acupuncture, Physical Therapy, Midwifery, Psychiatry, Nutrition and other specialty providers aids in the therapeutic process. She is also trained in EMDR.
Individual & Family Counseling, Adolescents
Divorce and Parenting Plan Support
When not at the office, she can be found outdoors with her family, hiking, biking, skiing, listening to live music, or planning her next big adventure!
EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and was developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in 1987. EMDR is most widely used to process trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It has been clinically proven to be effective through extensive empirical research.
Dr. Shapiro discovered that trauma memories are stored in a part of our brain that is often not able to be healed by regular “talk therapy.” These trauma memories are protected and held by our brains and can sometimes feel “like they just happened yesterday,” causing for some, extreme emotional pain and disturbance in their lives.
EMDR works by stimulating the part of the brain where trauma memories are stored so they can be adequately processed.
The term "processed," means that the memory becomes much less intense and painful, even forgettable, much like the rest of your "non important" memories. This is done with back-and-forth eye movements called BLS (Bi-Lateral Stimulation) directed by your EMDR clinician.
EMDR is not only used to treat trauma and PTSD with amazing results, it is also used to effectively treat:
Sexual and/or Physical abuse
Body dysmorphic disorders
Visit EMDRIA.org for more on EMDR.