About

Suzie WolferSuzie Wolfer LCSW, SEP

Somatic Experiencing® found me in 2010 when I studied with Steve Hoskinson and completed the 3-year training, earning my SEP in June 2012. I started assisting at Somatic Experiencing® Therapy trainings on the West coast, and have enjoyed assisting since then.

I’ve been supporting clients for over 30 years now. And have found Somatic Experiencing® to be the most effective, gentle and enjoyable way to help clients achieve lasting results: relief from anxiety, depression, stress and PTSD.

Perhaps one of the unique aspects of Somatic Experiencing® therapy is what we call co-regulation.  My accompanying you, helps you experience Ease with Presence with challenges and successes.  And instead of taking a toll on me, I feel well-being in supporting you.   We both enjoy our work together. Your progress, success and well-being makes you feel better. And in the experience of getting to work with you, I’m happily doing my life’s work. Most days, I’m more energized and inspired in my “job” at the end of the day, than when I started.

After being a therapist for so many years, it seems like most people come in with a simple problem: their body and nervous system gets a little stuck in fight, flight or freeze patterns, or a combination of those patterns.

And I know just how to help. I know you have resources inside you that want to help you feel more ease, more aliveness, more peace. And I know how to help at a pace that works for you.

I enjoy supporting clients to recover from anxiety and depression, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), stress in their relationships, work and emotional lives. I’ve worked with Veterans, people with addiction problems, DID, physical and sexual abuse . . . All in the services of resilience and wellness.

It’s my honor and delight to get to support you to “grow up and turn out to be who you really are” said e. e. cummings.

For Somatic Experiencing® students, I offer both person sessions and case consults at the Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced.  I also offer small group case consults.

After doing Somatic Experiencing®  for the last 10 years, isn’t just a collection of tools, it’s an application of Stephen Porges “Poly Vagal Theory” . . . a way live with rhythm, presence in Flow, and access Flight, Fight and Freeze when needed. . . And enjoy the journey.

The Office

Johnson Creek Watershed

The office windows look out on a lovely forest in the Johnson Creek Watershed and I’m delighted to offer nature-based therapy to support nervous system regulation. Clients can also take advantage of the 16 acre wooded and creek Leach Botanical Garden across the street.

Violet rescue dog

Violet, rescued from living on the streets in Portland Oregon, [Image of Violet ] delights in demonstrating the pleasure of co-regulation and Somatic Experiencing® principles for those who enjoy dogs.

My Experience

Not only do I have over 30,000 hours in face-to-face work with clients, I have also worked in the business world in international trade as well as a University research director and as a professional artist and teacher.

But what really matters is that I practice what I teach, so I know it works.

Psychotherapy

  • Private Practice psychotherapist since 1998, Pastoral Counselor from 1985 to 1998.
  • Outpatient psychotherapist at Providence Hospital Chemical Dependency for 8 years
  • Milieu manager at Legacy Children’s Hospital Eating Disorder Unit
  • Other group and individual therapy experience includes: Programa Hispano, YWCA Counseling, Portland Alternative Health Center, Northwest Treatment Services

Group Therapy Experience

  • Providence Hospital; Legacy Children’s Hospital, Programa Hispano, Portland Alternative Health Center, Northwest Treatment; Women’s Support Group for 7 years, Earth School Institute. Over the span of my career, I have provided over 10,000 face to face hours of group therapy.

Education and Licensure

  • Masters degree in Social Work from Portland State University
  • Bachelor and Masters of Science in Sociology, Minor in Statistics from Portland State University, graduated with honors
  • State Board of Clinical Social Workers, license # 3583
    2000 hours of supervised face to face clinical work

Training

  • Somatic Experiencing®, Foundation for Human Enrichment, Peter Levine PhD. Certificate earned in 2012, over 1890 hours of CEU training since 2010, over 350 hours of personal sessions and consultation. I assist as Somatic Experiencing® trainings in Portland and on the West Coast. If this depth training was for college credit, I’d have the equivalent of a PhD in somatic therapy.
  • Nature Connection and Shikari Method Mentoring with Josh Lane
  • SoulCollage® Trainer of Facilitators, started Regional SoulCollage® Facilitator program
  • SoulCollage® Facilitator
  • Motivational Interviewing – Providence Behavioral Health
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology Applications: Mental Health and Addictions
  • Brain Science and Behavior, Daniel Amen MD
  • Supervision for licensure with Dave Johnson LCSW, Providence Hospital
  • Clinical supervision with Bill Kruger LCSW, graduate of Masterson Institute and treatment of personality disorder, Clinical Director at Providence Crisis Triage for 22 years
  • Clinical supervision Susie Snyder LCSW, Adjunct faculty at PSU School of Social Work, Group supervision, Brief Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy
  • Gottman Institute of Marital Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy with Susie Snyder LCSW
  • New England School of Homeopathy, Amherst MA, Dr. Paul Herscu
  • Lakota Spirituality with Patricia Spradling at the Wy’East Center
  • Vipassana Meditation at the Northwest Vipassana Center
  • Conscious Relationship Training with Gaye and Kathlyn Hendricks PhD – Hendricks Institute
  • Conscious Breathing with Gaye Hendricks PhD – Hendricks Institute Body Centered Therapy
  • Classical Homeopathy training at New England School of Homeopathy
  • Meditation Teacher Training at WPI
  • Intuition Training at WPI

Presentations & Publications

  • “SoulCollage®: Letting Your Soul Speak Through Art,” July 2008, New Connexion Magazine
  • “Externalization: Using SoulCollage® to Manage Mental Health & Addiction Issues” Continuing Education seminar for mental health professionals
  • “Externalization: Using SoulCollage® to Manage Mental Health & Addiction Issues,” presented at First Annual SoulCollage Facilitators Conference, Santa Cruz CA November 2007
  • “Empathic Confrontation: Helping Clients with BPD Contain Problem Emotions and Behaviors,” Presentation to Kaiser Beaverton Mental Health, August 2000
  • “Finding the Simillimum in Borderline Personality Disorder: a Guide for Doctors. Simillimum – International Journal of the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians, Spring 2000.
  • “Integrating Spirituality in the Treatment of Sexual Abuse,” University of Arizona Conference, Spirituality, Healing and Health: Transformative Vision, April 1999
  • “Integrating Spirituality in the Treatment of Sexual Abuse,” Presented at NASW Oregon State Conference, October 1998
  • “Housing the Homeless, Review of Current Literature Regional Research Institute, Regional Research Institute, PSU, 1997
  • “Land Use, Community and Subsistence Patterns in Rural and Urban Alaskan Residents,” Institute of Social & Economic Research, University of Alaska, March 1979
  • “Sampling Methods for Double-ended Sample Distributions,” University of Alaska, 1979

Work Experience In the Business World

  • Co-Founder & Director of Counseling Services of Portland 2010 – 2018
  • Coaching therapists and SoulCollage® facilitators in business development and marketing
  • Executive Director for Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians
  • Founder Earth School Institute for Mind-Body-Soul Integration
  • Marketing Manager for International Trade Services
  • Research Director at University of Alaska in Fairbanks, Institute of Social and Economic Research
  • Statistics Instructor for Wildlife Biology at University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Research Assistant Center for Population Research at the Portland Census Bureau
  • Graphic Designer and Calligrapher at Northwest Pencraft
  • Artist & Art Teacher at Art and Soul Retreats, Portland Community College, Breitenbush Hot springs, DIY Lounge
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