© 2019  by Carolyn Knutson 

(503) 504-0495   knutson.carolyn@gmail.com

5525 E. Burnside St. Portland, OR 97215

 

My Approach

Somatic Psychotherapy

This type of therapy views the body as a source of wisdom and a path to healing and self-awareness.  It uses mindfulness as a way to study present experience, the core beliefs that shape us, as well as offers opportunities for living more full, authentic lives.  This approach is non-pathological and recognizes that people are always seeking  wholeness. Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing are the formalized approaches used in this work. 

Craniosacral Therapy

This gentle type of bodywork focuses on the movement of fluids and energy throughout the brain and spinal cord and bathing the rest of the body.  It views health as being the free movement of energy, and when it is blocked by stress, trauma, or any number of factors, disease and illness arise. Releasing blocks in the physical, emotional, and energetic bodies results in physical release of bound muscles and connective tissue, as well as emotional releases such as laughing or crying. This is welcomed and a sign that the stagnant holding places in the body are unwinding and letting go.  

EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a successful approach to process traumatic events.  It uses eye movements to process information and memories, while having a calming effect on a dysregulated nervous system. The eye movements are thought to mimic the process of REM sleep when dreaming, which appears to be crucial to organizing experience and thought patterns in an adaptive manner.  When trauma disrupts this system, EMDR can help. 

What To Expect

Individual therapy sessions include talk therapy that invites clients into states of mindfulness in order to witness internal experience.  This will take place while sitting in a chair, lying fully clothed on a table, or any combination of both. The client will be informed of any uses of touch. The purpose of touch is to help gain body awareness, a sense of personal boundaries, to release physical and energetic restrictions, and to regulate the nervous system.  Breathing practices, meditation, and craniosacral therapy are an integral part of this somatic approach to mental health. 

Credentials

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Lewis and Clark College, 2007


Graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts, 2009


Licensed Professional Counselor

 
Licensed Massage Therapist #17024