About Johanna

My professional experience has been driven by a strong interest in social justice.  I have worked in diverse settings including domestic violence advocacy, community health, HIV/AIDS services, families involved in the child welfare system, hospital social work, and outpatient mental health. I also have a lifelong interest in dance and yoga, which have been lifelines for me in difficult times.

After a long search for a way to combine my passion for social justice and movement studies, I found the Feldenkrais Method and entered a 4-year training in 2004.  Later, after attending a workshop about body-centered trauma treatment, I saw how more clearly how I could connect my interests, and have had an integrated practice since 2009.

I have experience working with people dealing with issues including chronic pain, PTSD/complex trauma, sexual assault/abuse, domestic violence, history of abuse as a child, HIV/AIDS and other chronic illness, and life changes such as divorce, aging, coming out, or career choices.   It has been a real blessing to work with such a wide variety of people and witness their healing process.  My hope is to offer something unique and of real use to the people who come to my office.

Experience:
  • Working in social services since 1993;
  • Working with Latinx people since 1993, including study and travel in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Mexico;
  • Working with LGBTQ people since 1996;
  • Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement teacher since 2005;
  • Cerfified Feldenkrais Practitioner since 2007;
  • Psychotherapy practice since 2009, providing therapy in Spanish and English;
  • Psychotherapy specifically with trans and nonbinary clients since 2011, including evaluations for gender-confirming procedures using WPATH guidelines

Credentials, Trainings, and Certificates:
  • Ongoing continuing education with emphasis on trauma treatment, chronic pain, traumatic brain injury, attachment, neurobiology, and body-centered modalities
  • Level 1 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Training (80 hours), completed 2013
  • Guild-Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner(cm), since 2007
  • Victoria Feldenkrais Teacher Training (800 hours), graduated 2007
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Oregon, since 2006 – lic. # L3843
  • Masters in Social Work, Portland State University, graduated 2000
  • BA in Comparative Sociology, University of Puget Sound, graduated 1990