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Midori Ferris Wayne  

Pre-Grad Student Intern

Pronouns: She/Her

Therapeutic Style: Relational, Affirming, & Responsive

Works with:

  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Child/Family
  • Adult Families

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 judgment or presuppositions.

“To look at yourself as a single being is absurd. The new way to look at it is, ‘I’m connected, therefore I am.'”

-Kenneth J. Gergen

Specialty Areas

Mental Health Challenges 

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety (General, Panic, Phobias)
  • Attachment & Relational Challenges
  • Behavioral Challenges in Children
  • Biracial Couples/Families
  • Blended Family
  • Consensually Non-Monogamous Relationships
  • Cultural & Systemic Oppression
  • Depression
  • Identity Development
  • Immigration & Acculturation
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Life Transitions
  • Neurodiversity
  • Parenting
  • Postpartum Depression
  • School Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Women’s Issues

Therapeutic Approaches 

  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Anti-Racist Trauma-Informed Care (ARTIC)
  • Collaborative Problem Solving (CPP)
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Gottman Method
  • Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Mind-Body/Somatic
  • Mindfulness
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Socio-Emotional Relationship Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Transgender Affirming Care

Who I am when I’m not 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.

Education 

  • MA in Marriage Couples Family Therapy from Lewis & Clark College, OR (anticipated graduation date is June, 2022)
  • BA in 

Training & Experience  

  • Experience facilitating parenting groups for families 
  • Specialized training in sex therapy and sexual trauma
  • Previous career in 

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(503) 349-2281