Athena Phillips is the owner of Integrative Trauma Treatment Center in Portland, OR and Vancouver Integrative Counseling in Vancouver, WA. She continues to practice out of her Portland location and provides professional trainings on the subjects of Trauma and Dissociative Disorders locally and nationally.
Athena has worked in social services in some capacity for over 20 years, and has been a practicing therapist for 10 of those years. She was in solo private practice for 5 years prior to opening her group practices; it was during this time that her specialization in trauma and dissociation became her focus. Her group practice offers integrative, progressive care that includes psychotherapy, support groups, medication management, acupuncture and massage from a prism of honor, hope and reverence.
Be kind whenever possible, and it’s always possible
What Led to the Specialization of Trauma?
Athena talks about being pulled towards the more extreme stories during her training and honoring that as a unique opportunity to help people through their unforgettable moments in their lives
An Early Mistake
Athena shares the story of working with a young women one who really didn’t talk that much. One day this woman did share her story and Athena talks about how she made two assumptions about this client, both of which ended up being incorrect.
I see survivors of trauma as super heroes, I really do.
- Take your time.
- Work in small chunks with people.
- Conceptualize your clients’ presentations as proportionate to their history.
- It’s not our job to investigate the truth, it’s our job to honor their story.
Athena’s go-to books
- Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence–From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror, Judith L. Herman
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