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Acupuncture at Riverside
I have a special free weekly clinic dedicated to the treatment of PTSD. The clinic is open to all veterans and their families. I use an ear acupuncture protocol developed specifically for trauma and used in clinics across the country for the after affects of trauma of all kinds. Patients are treated fully clothed while sitting. Acupuncturists without Borders has also sponsored clinics across the country specifically for returning vets with PTSD, and my clinic is one of those. It's a safe, comfortable environment dedicated to vets alone, and has been very successful in treating the anxiety, nightmares, and flashbacks many of them have been experiencing. I welcome and encourage vets to take advantage of this weekly service.
Rolling Wave Yoga, Counselling & Biofeed
Humans are not rooted in their past experiences nor their present fears. By removing obstacles and discovering our innate health and wisdom, we come into balance a lead our preferred life. Working with people in individual or family sessions, I help identify the problem and its effects to bring forth optimal solutions. Sessions involve an individualized co-creative process that promotes integral health.
Elaine M. Thompson, M.A.
My personal experience with the military culture began as a child, having spent six years on a Naval base in the Philippines as well as some time on a base in Morocco. As a teacher in Norfolk, Virginia during the Vietnam war, many of my students were from military families, including one POW family and one MIA family. My subsequent training and experience in counseling includes work with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, grief and loss, stress management, and relationship issues, with a special interest in the needs of teens and children dealing with the deployment or reintegration of a parent.
I believe that counseling provides opportunities for self-awareness and personal growth within the context of a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship. I recognize and appreciate the sacrifice that our veterans and their families make to protect our country, and this is one small way that I can say "thank you."
I believe that counseling works best using a team approach between the counselor and client who has come to receive assistance in exploring and gaining understanding in areas of personal life. My goal is to help a client gain the confidence and skill to take responsibility for thoughts and behaviors, and to learn to make desired changes in life patterns. I have worked with couples planning marriage (about to be deployed or just returned) and those working on relational issues after marriage. I have facilitated domestic violence groups so I also have experience with this issue. I incorporate cognitive and behavioral therapy with a Rogerian emphasis on empathic listening. My values are part of me and will influence my therapy, but I believe that there are many paths and do not seek to have a client walk mine.
I specialize in treating children in play therapy, and also assisting parents and families to support children through life's difficult times. I also support parents through parent training/coaching, either in an individual or group format.
Play therapy is an effective approach to treatment with children, and utilizes a child's natural language--play! Play therapy is effective in treating many concerns such as grief/loss, depression, impulse control, PTSD, trauma, anger, social concerns, and more.
I regularly run a girls body image group, aimed at assisting girls in forming their own healthy sense of self concept and body image, amidst the pressures of society and mass media.
Please contact me if you have any questions regarding play therapy, parenting, or if you have interest in a body image group for your child. I'd be honored to help.
Licensed Professional Counselor
I have been in private practice since 1991, and am also a teacher and supervisor of counseling and clinical social work. I work mainly with couples and adult individuals experiencing problems of depression, anxiety, addictive and compulsive behaviors, and/or other mental and emotional health conditions. In particular, I specialize in working with the impact of acute and chronic stress and trauma on both individual functioning and relationship intimacy. My approach is strengths-based and collaborative, meaning that I assume that individuals and families already have the inner and outer resources they need to solve their problems and cope with their difficulties, and that my job is to help clients to access, recruit and deploy those resources effectively. I utilize an array of evidence-based, best-practice therapy methods, based on the needs, preferences and problems of each client I see.
Licensed Clincial Social Worker
Dennis Specht, LMT
I have been a Licensed Massage Thearapist in Oregon for nearly 10 years. I am an Army Veteran, and served during the years 1968 to 1970.
My practice specializes in Pain Relief and Postural Improvement. It is my pleasure to offer the benifits and experience of many years in this field to Returning Veterans.
Sincerely, Dennis Specht, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist
The trauma of war can lead to anger at, confusion about, and resentment toward life, fate, and/or God. It is easy to lose meaning and purpose. Regardless of your faith tradition, or lack thereof, spiritual guidance and support can help release some of the pain of war. Although I have training in some counseling techniques and will at times use some of those techniques, I am not a licensed therapist and do not provide ongoing mental health counseling. My focus is on helping you process the spiritual pain related to trauma, especially the trauma of war. I am a professional chaplain with experience working with clients who have a history of trauma and addiction, including veterans.
board certified chaplain
Acupuncture is an amazing healing modality and I love to share the health benefits of the medicine with as many as possible.
I use Smart Brain Good Heart Tools to help get through trauma. They are simple somatic gestures and visualizations that help balance the brain and lessen the anxiety. I have been in private practice since 1980 and for most of that time I have had a focus on trauma recovery. The hour is typically an integration of talking, mindfulness, and Tools.
Most people come to counseling with some sort of distress that they want to relieve as soon as possible. I use as many resources as possible to help my clients accomplish the changes they chose and relieve their distress. I try to build on each client's strengths and insights adding my skills, knowledge, professional training and any appropriate community health care, social and educational networks. Sometimes people will come to counseling for personal growth and exploration. In that situation the focus is more on active interaction with deeper parts of the client's personality than it is on reducing distress. I work with my clients to discern the exact nature of the problem or changes they want to make and create a plan with them for their counseling experience. I use various techniques depending on the client's level of development, learning style, presenting issue and belief system. It is important to me that we work as a team to achieve success in making the changes the client has chosen.
I have extensive training and experience in working with PTSD, particularly using the tools of energy psychology, such as Emotional Freedom Techniques and others. I would be happy to see if I can be of assistance to you. Please feel free to contact me.
Chiropractic adjustments offered in many different styles. Muscle work, therapy modalities and exercise are used to help encourage relaxation and healing.
I offer supportive psychotherapy and counseling services for individuals, couples and families. My practice serves people with health-related concerns as well as more general issues including stress and relationship concerns.
In terms of experience with the military population, I direct a research project sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health for OIF/OEF veterans and their families. The project is called "Mission Reconnect" and focuses on teaching stress reduction and relationship skills to help with reintegration after return from deployment. I have worked with members of the Oregon National Guard in this project, and found that both veterans and their partners can benefit from learning some simple strategies they can use individually or together to help with reintegration.
I recognize that PTSD, TBI, and mild TBI are more common than many people realize. I can offer support to help cope with and manage these conditions. In addition I have found meditation and other mind/body skills to be helpful both for veterans and their partners. I also recognize that unemployment or underemployment is a real source of stress for many veterans. I don't have any easy answers for this, but can support and encourage exploration of creative ideas in this area.
I appreciate the sacrifices that both veterans and their families have made, and welcome the opportunity to provide what support I can.
Her practice addresses body & mind wellness through acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and qigong.
With acupuncture and herbal therapies, it is customary and usual to need 6 to 12 sessions for lasting change. Sessions are most effective when scheduled weekly or every other week - and can be extended to monthly for the final sessions.
Soaring Crane Qigong requires 12 hours to learn the entire form.
She is available - only by appointment - during the following hours: Tuesdays (11:00AM to 7:00PM); Wednesdays (11:00AM to 7:00PM); and Thursdays (2:30PM to 6:00PM).
LAc, Oregon BME
I am part owner of a clinic committed to providing fully intergraded, safe, and effective patient-focused healthcare; with an emphasis on education and a belief that we all deserve a life of balance. In short, we are the best at what we do. NO LIE just the facts. Ask our patients and our staff. They can check us out on our web page www.balhic.com.
O.B.C.E Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners
I spent 8 years in the Marines and have been reaching out to help my brothers and sisters in arms ever since. We combine acupuncture and chiropractic to resolve pain and restore function. We are intimately aware of the stress of combat and absolutely qualified to treat the resulting impact on the human condition.
In addition to being a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington, I am a retired military veteran and I worked with disabled veterans for 13 years at the VA in Vancouver WA. I have taken the Center for Deployment Psychology training in the PTSD treatment Cognitive Processing Therapy and have experience in working with veterans suffering from the symptoms of PTSD.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
My counseling practice is in downtown Vancouver. I counsel individual clients, especially ones in transition. I also have experience in anxiety, depression, grief, and divorce.
I provide chiropractic, nutrition, and lifestyle advice for many conditions including stress and stress related conditions.
Peter has been licensed as an acupuncturist in Oregon since 1993, and as a massage therapist since 1977. He holds as interdisciplinary B.A. in Dance, Movement Studies and Health and Healing from Naropa University. His professional credentials include a Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, national board certification by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists, and certificates of advanced study from Heilongjiang and Nanjing Universities in China. He has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Oregon College of
Oriental Medicine, and is now Associate Medical Director for the CHPGroup and a member of the Integrated Medicine Advisory Group of the Oregon Health Authority.
Acupuncture is a powerful modality that works to balance the body, calm the mind and bring the individual back to a place of original health. It is still being studied how acupuncture works precisely. Many studies have shown, blood hormone balance, pain relief and relaxation after treatments. Acupuncture can be of benefit for musculoskeletal issues, endocrine and hormone imbalances, anxiety, PTSD, allergies and immune problems, headaches and many more issues. Treatments are private one hour sessions that will focus on whatever is requested.
Acupuncture Effect and Central Autonomic Regulation
Qian-Qian Li, Guang-Xia Shi, Qian Xu, Jing Wang, Cun-Zhi Liu,* and Lin-Peng Wang
Acupuncture is a therapeutic technique and part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Acupuncture has clinical efficacy on various autonomic nerve-related disorders, such as cardiovascular diseases, epilepsy, anxiety and nervousness, circadian rhythm disorders, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and subfertility. An increasing number of studies have demonstrated that acupuncture can control autonomic nerve system (ANS) functions including blood pressure, pupil size, skin conductance, skin temperature, muscle sympathetic nerve activities, heart rate and/or pulse rate, and heart rate variability. Emerging evidence indicates that acupuncture treatment not only activates distinct brain regions in different kinds of diseases caused by imbalance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic activities, but also modulates adaptive neurotransmitter in related brain regions to alleviate autonomic response. This review focused on the central mechanism of acupuncture in modulating various autonomic responses, which might provide neurobiological foundations for acupuncture effects
Acupuncture has been practiced for over 3000 years with beneficial clinical effects on many disorders . There is sufficient evidence of the value of acupuncture to expand its application into conventional medicine and to encourage further studies of its physiological and clinical values . According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), “acupuncture is believed to restore the balance between Yin and Yang.” This can be translated into the Western medicine terminology as “acupuncture modulates the imbalance between the parasympathetic and sympathetic activity......
I am the spouse of an active duty service member, (since 1983). I have been sober since 2005 and enjoy working with clients in recovery. I believe that through empathy, patience and creativity, clients can discover their innate power to heal. I am a registered counselor with the State of Oregon (#R3546) and am working on my 2400 supervised hours. I would be happy to volunteer my hours to work with our returning veterans.
The Hope Connection
My passion is to work with children and their families to assist them through the challenges they may face. It may be divorce, substance abuse, PTSD and it's effect on the whole family, couples struggling to re-connect upon return as well as the whole family. I utilize a family systems approach and incorporate play therapy as well as child-parent relationship coaching in my work.
Dr. Lawrence Nelson has dedicated his career to helping people reach toward optimal health. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974. He received his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree from Western States Chiropractic College in 1981.
Dr. Nelson is Board Certified in Chiropractic Neurology. Additionally, he is a Certified Health Coach. He is actively involved with the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies in Functional Neurology. Dr. Nelson is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brian Injury (MTBI).
Dr. Nelson is the Director of Nelson Chiropractic and Functional Neurology, PC in Tigard, Oregon, whose mission is:
To Increase the vitality of individuals and families in our community by providing excellent care and education in:
• Physical Therapy
• Functional Medicine & Nutrition
• Health and Wellness Coaching
Dr. Nelson is available for a complimentary phone consultation without at 503.855.4465 to discuss your case. He can be reached by email at;
I earned my counseling psychology degree at George Fox University in l989 and have worked in counseling centers, private practice, and volunteer mental health. I specialize in depression, family or origin, adult children of alcoholics, spirituality, and have experience in many other diagnosis. I taught elementary school 12 years and have been a counselor for 26 years. I was an army wife for three and a half years, living in Alexandria, Virginia and Stuttgart, Germany. I am in Mazamas, a local mountaineering club, and know what it is like to be out in the cold, rain, wind, carrying a heavy load..nothing like what the armed forces are trained to do, but my experience with the Mazamas helps me appreciate the physical exertion vets have gone through. I deeply appreciate veterans and their families who have given so much to the USA in conditions no one can understand unless they have been there. I am eager to share my counseling expertise with Returning Veterans project.
Chronic pain issues led me to try acupuncture and East Asian medicine, and after using them successfully to treat my pain, I decided to enroll in the Master's degree program at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM). I graduated from OCOM in 1998 and have been in practice since. In addition to operating my private practice, I also worked four years as a staff acupuncturist in a Portland drug and alcohol rehab program and worked as a teaching assistant at OCOM for 8 years.
As soldiers began returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and reports of battlefield trauma and combat-related PTSD began to reach us back home, I felt the need to contribute and lend support in some way. Knowing that acupuncture could relieve PTSD symptoms in patients I’d worked with, I recognized its potential for helping vets who were struggling with similar issues. In 2007, I co-founded Portland Veterans Acupuncture Project (PVAP), which continues to offer a weekly acupuncture clinic for veterans dealing with issues of combat-related PTSD. From 2007-2010, I treated veterans and their family members at PVAP, while also serving on the board and acting as a volunteer coordinator for the program.
Acupuncture, in my experience, can profoundly reduce the “fight or flight” response that contributes to the depression, irritability, anxiety, anger, fear, insomnia, hyper-vigilance, chronic tension and chronic pain experienced by people with PTSD. That a few small pins can do so much is, at times, truly amazing to me. I’d encourage anyone dealing with PTSD to try acupuncture.
In addition to stress-related conditions, my private practice focuses on treatment of acute and chronic pain, digestive disorders and respiratory disorders. I'm also experienced in treating peri-menopausal and post-menopausal related conditions in women, as well as men's health issues. My style of acupuncture emphasizes a gentle approach to treatment. For more information visit: www.rickdetroye.com.
University of Western States Massage Clinic Portland
Health Centers of UWS Massage Clinic
Supervised massage therapy students at the University of Western States (UWS) are skillful practitioners providing all forms of massage from relaxation to rehabilitation. The Northwest Center for Lifestyle and Functional Medicine (NWCLFM), a center of excellence at UWS, is joining RVP by offering the healing touch of massage to help local, Post-9/11 warzone veterans heal physically and mentally.
Through our partnership with RVP, we have dedicated 12 massage slots per week for veterans who come through RVP, on Wednesdays from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Please call us to schedule an appointment.
University of Western States Chiropractic Clinic Portland
Health Centers of UWS, Campus
our Chiropractic physicians and supervised Chiropractic students interns at the University of Western States (UWS) are skillful practitioners providing a variety of techniques for the benefit of our patients. While our techniques include the manipulation or adjustment of the joints and soft tissues of the body, we also incoporate a variety of physical therapies, stretching and exercise-based rehabilitation techniques, and nutritional, ergonomic and other lyfestyle recommendations to improve function and optimize the overall health of our patients.
The Northwest Center for Lifestyle and Functional Medicine (NWCLFM), a center of excellence at UWS, is joining RVP by offering our services to help local, Post-9/11 warzone veterans heal physically and mentally.
We have appointments available Monday through Thursday from 8:00am to 11:00am and 3:00pm to 4:00pm Please call us to schedule an appointment.
I focus on relieving pain and physical discomfort, shoulders are my favorite body part, but any body pain can be focused on. Anxiety, Depression, Stress reduction and getting the body back to center is what I enjoy working toward with the use of Acupuncture needles, myofascial (massage), simple exercises and dietary suggestions.
I have been in practice since 2005, I have Masters in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine from OCOM here is Portland, OR, 2004. I received a BA in Biological Sciences, with an emphasis on Medical Anthropology from the Univ of Alaska Anchorage in 2000.