At Prema health, we offer a diverse range of counseling approaches.  

Family Counseling

Couples Counseling

Individual Adolescent Counseling

Individual Adult Counseling

Group Counseling

Mindfulness-based Somatic Psychotherapy
In somatic (body-centered) psychotherapy we mindfully track our felt sensations in breath work, movement, and slowing down to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of how we organize ourselves around certain beliefs and habits.

Mindfulness means looking inward, being aware of feelings and sensations in the present moment, with confidence that in each moment we have a living example of how we habitually organize our minds, bodies, and worlds. By attending meditatively to our current felt experience, we illuminate unconscious processes with new awareness. This helps access and change deeply held beliefs that drive our thoughts, feelings, and behavior.

Mindfulness based somatic psychotherapy utilizes “dynamic mindfulness”.  Instead of using mindfulness meditation as simply an adjunct to therapy, much of the process of therapy itself happens in the state of mindfulness; directing people towards there present experience as a means to uncover there own organic process.

Somatic psychotherapy honors the connection between body, mind, and spirit. Most of us live a certain distance from our bodies. Body oriented psychotherapy helps to facilitate a more integrated and embodied sense of self. Working with mindfulness as an experiential process we are able to uncover the strategies we use, that often and arrive at layers of meaning and associations in a non-linear way.

The entire process also allows us an opportunity to develop greater presence, openness and curiosity toward ourselves.

Mindfulness based somatic psychotherapy is beneficial for numerous presenting "problems" such as depression, anxiety , grief, trauma recovery, relational issues, self esteem, body image , eating disorders , addiction, or anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of themselves in relation to the world around them.
Practitioner: Ivy Katz

Hakomi Therapy
Hakomi Therapy is a system of body-centered psychotherapy which is based on the principles of mindfulness, nonviolence, and the unity of mind and body. It was developed by Ron Kurtz and others at the Hakomi Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

From the website of the Hakomi institute: Hakomi helps people change “core material.”  Core material is composed of memories, images, beliefs, neural patterns and deeply held emotional dispositions.  It shapes the styles, habits, behaviors, perceptions and attitudes that define us as individuals. Some of this material supports our being who we wish to be, while some of it, learned in response to acute and chronic stress, continues to limit us. Hakomi allows the client to distinguish between the two, and to willingly change material that restricts his or her wholeness.

Present, felt experience are used as an access route towards core material. The focus of the process remains on your internal experience, or “felt sense”,

Hakomi is a body-centered, somatic psychotherapy: the body serves as a resource that reflects and stores formative memories and the core beliefs they have generated, and also provides significant access routes to core material.

Ecotherapy, also known as “nature therapy”, is the applied practice of the emergent field of ecopsychology.  Ecopsychology studies the relationship between human beings and the natural world through ecological and psychological principles. The field seeks to develop and understand way of expanding the emotional connection between individuals and the “natural world”, thereby assisting individuals with developing sustainable lifestyles and remedying alienation from nature.
An ecotherapist understands that people are part of the web of life, and approaches clients from the perspective that our psyches are not isolated or separate from our environment. Some may even consider the natural world to have its own psyche, and as such, we foster a relationship of mutuality with the earth.
Connection with Earth: Core of Ecotherapy

Connection with earth and its systems are at the core of ecotherapy. Ecotherapists believe that the earth has a self-righting capacity through complex systems of integrated balance, and that if we can harmonize with those systems, we will experience mental health. Personal well-being and planetary well-being are not separate from each other, and each must consider the needs of the other. In taking care of the earth, we care for ourselves. People’s lives are therefore seen as part of a greater system of interaction that includes both non-humans as well as human beings.


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2305 SE 50th Ave. Suite 200

Portland, OR 97215

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