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Midori Ferris Wayne, BA

Who I am as a Therapist

My approach to therapy springs from the fact that humans are relational beings. We find meaning and purpose in relationships with one another, and we are shaped by the contexts that surround us. I see the therapeutic relationship as a reflection of this, and I see myself as a collaborator with clients in their personal process of change. Together, we can work through ways in which larger social influences can create automatic interpersonal patterns which drive people apart even as we attempt to connect. This process involves increasing awareness of the systems we inhabit and the learned self-protective strategies that often lead to a sense of feeling isolated or stuck. Drawing on interpersonal neurobiology and attachment theory, our work together in therapy facilitates new insight about emotional experience resulting in new patterns of communication and connection. 

I am an advocate for inclusivity in wellness spaces and support clients toward health at every size, ability and intersectional identity. I seek to create a safe and affirming space for your unique story to unfold in therapy without judgement or presuppositions.

Training and Education

I received my BA in Psychology at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania with a research focus on autism spectrum disorders. I am currently a graduate student in the Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy program at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling, which has a particular emphasis on social justice. I have been involved in research and received training in a model called Social Emotional Relationship Therapy as well as specialized training in sex therapy and sexual trauma. I have worked with adolescents in residential treatment and have facilitated parenting groups for families experiencing challenges related to attention, social communication, sensitivity, and emotional regulation.

Who I am When I’m not Being a Therapist

I am a design junkie with a love of fiction and weird plants. An ideal relaxing afternoon at my house would involve placing the last piece of an impossibly hard puzzle, being beaten (barely) by one of my four children at a board-game, and then devouring my partner’s famous Hatch chile enchiladas.

Areas of Focus

  • Developing mutually supportive family relationships
  • Supporting couples and nontraditional partnerships in developing intimacy
  • Navigating life transitions, both developmental and unanticipated
  • Processing past trauma affecting current healthy functioning
  • Parenting neurodivergent kids with challenges in attention, motivation, and sensitivity
  • Defining meaningful personal values to reflect cultural and spiritual traditions