Portland Somatic Therapy  

Kathleen Love


For over a decade, I have studied trauma and it’s relationship with eating disorders.  I work from the perspective that eating disorders are a symptom of early developmental trauma.           
I have studied with Peter Levine (founder of Somatic Experiencing), Kathy Kain (Researcher and Expert on Early Developmental Trauma in Berkley, CA), and Stephen Terrell (Expert in Early Developmental Trauma in Austin, Texas).
My approach is a psycho-somatic.  Treatment goals are targeted at healing early developmental trauma and attachment ruptures.   In doing so, a roadmap for physiological regulation is built.  With physiological regulation, eating disorder management strategies dissolve and the perception of the body shifts from a source of fear and disgust, to a safe haven.
I am a member of AED and participate in a special interest group on trauma.
In addition to my private practice where I specialize in eating disorders and developmental trauma, I assist in Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute trainings in California, Oregon, and Washington.
I have 2 amazing children, whom are a result of my own healing journey and whom continue to challenge and inspire me on a daily basis to learn more about the healing from developmental trauma.  
Call me at 503-807-2704 or you can email me at kathylove107@yahoo.com

Our Therapists:  Somatic Experiencing® Practitioners   SEP

Suzie Wolfer


  • Tried talk therapy and looking for better more lasting results?
  • Looking for a way to deal with anxiety, or reduce stress?


You've told your story and you understand why you feel the way you do, but you still feel anxious. You've read self-help books and tried a lot of tings but still feel tense and stressed?

If you want to try something different, and get more gentle but lasting results, Somatic Experiencing® may be helpful to you.


The cutting edge research of Peter Levine has been helping people relieve suffering for the last 40 years. Many people find Somatic Experiencing® to be a gentle approach that helps them feel better and get better.

Somatic Experiencing® (SE) uses the body’s Organic Intelligence to relieve and resolve the symptoms of anxiety, depression and fear. Simple yet powerful tools help you release physical tension and return to your natural resilient state, feeling grounded, confident and at ease.


Somatic Experiencing® can be especially helpful if you have experienced long term challenges in childhood. Clients are pleasantly surprised to learn that they are not “broken” and just need skilled support to return to a natural state of balance and health. 

I've been practicing somatic tools personally for many years and have found Somatic Experiencing® a systematic, gentle and enjoyable way to help myself as well as clients.

I assist at Somatic Experiencing® trainings with Steve Hoskinson.

Call or email me if you’d like to chat about how Somatic Experiencing® might help you.  Or maybe you are ready to set up your first appointment.


I accept most health insurance including OHP Family Care.  I'd love to answer any questions and learn more about you and how you'd like things to be different.


To make an appointment or chat to see if this is the right fit for you, call me at

503-224-3318  or suzie@suziewolfer.com

Joshua Sylvae


I bring a lifelong interest in health and healing to my work as a psychotherapist and educator. I feel passionate about helping individuals, couples, and families suffering from a wide array of distressing symptoms, and I always endeavor to bring an empathic and curious spirit to my work with clients. I’ve received training in a multitude of different approaches to psychotherapy, but the model that influences my practice the most is Somatic Experiencing®. SE is a body-based, psychobiological understanding of the human being, and it offers a wealth of insights about how to facilitate the natural re-balancing of our nervous system and mind.

I’ve spent countless hours studying and teaching this modality, and I’m pleased to be able to support you in your journey back towards health and wholeness. I’m passionate about reconnecting body and mind, which brings a freshness and fullness that many have described as life changing. If life has become burdensome, confusing, or distressing, please don’t hesitate to be in touch to discuss getting some extra support.

I know that contacting a therapist can be one of the most difficult things a person does in their lives. I’ve also seen, though, how many people are incredibly grateful later on that they did so. As modern people, we live in a world that is stressful and at times overwhelming, and just about everyone could benefit from a little more support. Our work together will be a space for you to regenerate, re-balance, and come back into the fullest and truest expression of who you are. I have been trained in the resolution and renegotiation of trauma, which for many people is a stumbling block to true fulfillment.

The somatic psychotherapy I practice is similar in many ways to traditional therapy sessions, with the two of us seated in chairs and using dialogue to explore your situation. One of the unique aspects of somatic work, though, is that I’ll be inquiring from time to time about sensations in your body. In the past, the body was left out of therapy, as the practitioner focused on thoughts and emotions, but a great deal of research suggests that including the body in therapy leads to more beneficial outcomes.

Please feel free to be in touch to discuss the possibility of working together. I offer a free initial consultation (up to 20 minutes), which would allow us to get to know each other and determine if it’s a good fit. j

joshua@sylvae.net (360) 870-0928



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Carol Spears


Carol is a licensed clinical social worker who has been in practice for more than 15 years.  Carol received her B.A degree at Northwestern University and her MSW from New Mexico Highlands University.  She then worked for Intensive Family Services for more than a dozen years, providing in home family counseling to individuals, couples, and families. In addition she also developed and ran a treatment focused group for women who were healing from abusive relationships, taught classes to foster parents, and provided clinical supervision to therapists. 

She is skilled at working with survivors of trauma, childhood abuse, depression, grief and anxiety.

Carol brings to her work a solid foundation of meditation practice. She has been practicing meditation and mindfulness for nearly 15 years. She has a commitment to professional training, personal growth, maintaining a daily spiritual practice, doing frequent retreats, and traveling to India to study and do meditation retreats. 

Carol loves her work!  She uses some of the most powerful and up to date approaches and tools.  

 Contact Carol at (503) 703-1402 carol@mindinbalance.com