Hello! My name is Trinity. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Oregon and provide therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. I hold a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy/Counseling from Southwestern College in New Mexico as well as a Master’s Degree in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. I also hold a Bachelor’s Degree from Sarah Lawrence College. I am a professional member of the Sandplay Therapists of America, the American Art Therapy Association, the Oregon Counseling Association, and the Oregon Friends Of Jung. I work bilingually in Spanish and English with children, adolescents and adults. I practice meditation, guided by monastic teachers in a contemplative tradition. I am LGBTQI+ affirming.
Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which the focus is on awareness of thoughts, sensations, and feelings in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Mindfulness involves breathing methods; postures; and other practices to relax the body and mind; elevate clear perception; and reduce stress. Mindfulness is an evidenced-based practice proven to help individuals better understand and manage their thoughts and emotions in order to achieve relief from feelings of distress. All human beings want to be happy: we want to feel connected with others and at home within ourselves. Most of us, however, have emotional and behavioral patterns that can interfere with these basic desires. Mindfulness teaches individuals how to learn to see themselves as independent from conditioned thoughts and moods. From a place of stillness and all-acceptance, people can become liberated from painful patterns and destructive habits playing out in their lives. After developing an awareness of the distinctions between thoughts, emotions, and the self, people in treatment may find that, while difficult emotions continue to surface, they do not persist with the same intensity and solidity. This insight can contribute to lasting healing as individuals begin to watch, accept, and disarm unhelpful patterns and behaviors which arise, abide, and eventually pass away.
“The manifestation of the Self, this inner order, this pattern for wholeness, is the most important moment in the development of the personality.”
Dora Kalff, Sandplay (1980)
Developed by Swiss Jungian Analyst Dora Kalff, Sandplay is a form of therapy that gives both child and adult clients the opportunity to portray, rather than verbalize, feelings and experiences often inaccessible and/or difficult to express in words. Sandplay also provides a balance…and can lead to a more open and integrated way of life. In the midst of an age and time that rushes toward the future, the simplicity and depth of Sandplay helps maintain a place of internal integrity as well as a sanctuary for contact with the symbolic world out of which can emerge a healing experience.
With the use of images (i.e., the miniatures on the nearby shelves) in the safe space provided by the analyst, the making of the sand creation begins to unfold. It is in this creative play in the sand where the ancient archetypal patters that live within us are explored. And it is the very action of Sandplay - that is, the viewing, personal choosing, and the placing of the miniatures in the sand - that activates this powerful internal archetypal dimension. The analyst remains close by, a silent witness, who primarily reverberates empathically to the client creating the tray….The silence helps to contain and honor the experience so that what has been expressed can continue reverberating within the client.
Upon completion of a Sandplay picture during a therapy session, the client may make comments about the scene. However, interpretations and discussions about the trays by the therapist are not initiated until after a series of trays (called a Sandplay process) have been created over time. It is important that the unconscious can continue to be accessed without the client being concerned about what the therapist has said or will say about the sand picture.
Harriet S. Friedman, M.A., M.F.T., J.A.
Art Therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making. Art therapy is based on the belief that the creative process involved in the making of art is healing and life-enhancing. Through creating art and talking about the process of art making with an Art Therapist, one can increase awareness; cope with symptoms, stress, and traumatic experiences; improve cognitive abilities; development insight into ones strengths and challenges; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasure of artistic expression. No previous experience with art is necessary. In working with the image-making ability and impulse that is innate to all human beings, Art Therapy enlivens the process of self-discovery, allowing solutions for problems to emerge from a place of deep inner wisdom and creative capacity.
The standard fee for individual counseling services for children and adults is $125 per session of therapy. I offer a free 20 -minute phone consultation so you may see if I am a good fit for you. For those paying out-of-pocket, sliding-scale fee options are available; please inquire. For those paying with insurance, I accept Optum, Providence, Regence/BCBS and United Behavioral Health plans.
Located in the Kerns neighborhood.
2926 NE Flanders Suite 2A
Portland OR 97232
*location is not wheelchair accessible.