Susannah Castle, Psy.D.  Licensed Clinical Psychologist

About Me

I am a doctor of clinical psychology, licensed in Oregon since 2007.  

I work with adults, age 18 and older, facing a broad spectrum of emotional and behavioral issues.  

In psychotherapy, as well as in assessment, my goal is to collaboratively create an atmosphere of curiosity, humor, and understanding as a basis for change.  The major themes that underpin my work are related to acceptance, mindfulness, self-compassion, personal empowerment, and committed action.  Issues related to diversity and political equality are at the center of my personal values.  

My work is sourced from three theoretical bases: behavioral theory, psychodynamic theory, and developmental neurobiology.  I have completed intensive training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Internal Family Systems, three frontline treatments for trauma and other emotional and behavioral issues.  See here for more information:
http://sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org/  

For some issues, and especially those related to trauma, I use specific modalities of treatment that are somewhat different from typical "talk therapy". The first is called
 EMDR, which can help to bridge the gap between what you know and what you feel.  It can be beneficial in shifting deeply held beliefs about worthiness, responsibility, and safety.  A relatively simple description of EMDR is available here: https://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/docs/EMDR.pdf

The second modality is called sensorimotor psychotherapy, (mentioned above) that involves more emphasis on your physical and sensory experience, versus focus on thinking and cognition.  This shift in focus is based in research related to trauma which suggests that the legacy of traumatic experiences is most profoundly housed in the body, rather than in the "story" that surrounds it.  Our work may involve some movement, such as standing, walking, or setting physical boundaries, which can facilitate how the brain processes past traumatic experiences.  

A third modality that I use is called Internal Family Systems.  This modality of treatment helps to see emotional or behavioral problems as adaptive responses to difficult circumstances, and to bring an experience of healing to parts of the self that may continually be defended against traumatic, difficult, or painful outcomes.  

Your sense of safety and comfort with these approaches is key to their efficacy, and we will work collaboratively to ensure that you understand why and how we are working with these interventions before we move forward with them.  

My office is located across the street from the Legacy Hopewell Hospice House.  I reserve a number of spaces in my practice for loved ones of patients at the hospice, as well as clinical and support staff of that facility.

Experience and Training:

Undergraduate degree: European History and Latin American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz

Masters and Doctoral degrees: Clinical Psychology at George Fox University


Pre-doctoral internship: Cornerstone Behavioral Health, treating severely mentally ill and developmentally disabled adults

Post-doctoral fellowship: Chief Post-doctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology for Oregon Kaiser Permanente

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Level I training for Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses, and Traumatic Memory

EMDRIA-Approved EMDR Training

Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Advanced DBT Training and Adaptations

Subsequent work affiliations:

Portland DBT Program; supervisor and manager of the eating disorders team

Insight Psychological Services: Comprehensive psychological assessment for disability, ADHD, and learning disabilities

Portland State University Center for Student Health and Counseling: Staff psychologist

Lewis and Clark College, Master's of Counseling Program: Adjunct Professor

Legacy Weight and Diabetes Institute: Pre- and post- bariatric assessment and support, staff psychologist

Oregon Reproductive Medicine: Evaluation and support for individuals with specialized family building needs, IVF, surrogacy, egg donors

Oregon Health and Science University Medical School, guest lecturer on psychological trauma 

Professional Affiliations:

Board Member: Columbia River Eating Disorders Network, 2007-2012, co-chair 2015-2017

Oregon Psychological Association

Founded and run the Facebook community "GFU Alumni in Support of Equal Rights for the LGBT Community"









 

 


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