Brad Larsen-Sanchez, PsyD
Individual, Couple and Group Psychotherapy, and Clinical Supervision
I am a clinical psychologist and have experience working with adults and adolescents with a wide variety of struggles and conditions including anxiety, depression, trauma history, struggles with sexual orientation and identity, and living with chronic illnesses, such as HIV. I earned a doctorate in clinical psychology at Pacific University in 2011 and completed my clinical internship at the Mental Health Association of Westchester in New York. I completed a post doctoral residency under the supervision of Dr. Sharon Chatkupt Lee. In addition to clinical practice, I have and continue to serve on a variety of committees and boards focused on advocating for patients and mental health professionals. I currently serve on the board of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy.
When working with individual patients in therapy I use an evidence based model of healthy functioning known as contemporary gestalt therapy. From this perspective, the symptoms of mental illness are understood to be the result of our best attempts to cope with inner and environmental distress. Though symptom relief is a desired outcome, the work of therapy is actually supporting these symptoms and becoming curious about their intended function which paradoxically leads to their resolution. Most of all, therapy is about becoming more of who you are rather than trying to eliminate aspects of who you are.
With couples I work with Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT). EFT is effective with many different kinds of couples and with a variety of cultural groups. The attachment frame of EFT provides a healing approach to resolving relational distress. The model presumes that both partners are doing everything they know to either get closer to their partner or limit the distance between partners, even when their behavior suggests the opposite. EFT is a powerful model for helping couples rekindle a deep connection that allows both partners to find joy and comfort in their relationship and within themselves.
I also can provide supervision to psychologist residents seeking licensure in Oregon. My primary model for supervision is therapeutic, meaning that much of supervision is attending to both the patient’s process and your own. Strong attention is paid to navigating ethical and legal matters, the development of skills for starting, managing and growing your private practice, and sharpening your sense of how you wish to work in order to maintain a fulfilling career.