Hi, I'm Nathan Heydari, and I am an Expressive Arts Therapist in Portland, Oregon. I also offer online services to residents of Oregon.
Counselor in Milwaukie, OR
Supervised by Earlyn Smith, LPC
I treat both PTSD and Complex PTSD. C-PTSD is less known and not yet recognized by the DSM, but among trauma informed practitioners, it is generally accepted that there are differences between these and the way they affect our clients' lives and functioning. I have a number of tools for effectively working with trauma and am constantly working to increase my training in trauma-informed care from an Expressive Arts lens.
You're anxious so you can't sleep, and lack of sleep makes you more anxious. This cycle is brutal to your mental and physical health, and can amplify every issue happening in your life. Sleep is vital. I have lived experience as a survivor of trauma and lifelong insomniac. I can help you learn effective strategies for getting needed rest. Moreover, we will address root causes for long-term relief.
With anxiety, it is important to take a whole-person approach. I can help you to develop more effective coping tools for managing anxiety day-to-day so you can function. At the same time, Expressive Arts practice offers you tools to gain insight into your unconscious so you can begin to heal the roots of your anxiety. This dual-focus approach can help you gain short-term and long-term relief.
As a trauma-informed practitioner, I have a deep understanding of the importance of working gently and at your own pace when interfacing with difficult material. My Expressive Arts approach allows you access your inner world from a safe distance that minimizes the risk of re-traumatization. Please visit my website for more information on trauma-informed care.
I have a proper Sandtray therapy setup in my office, with a wide array of symbols for you to select from in communing with your intuitive and unconscious parts. Through the power of Sandtray, many insights and deep understandings can be brought to light. I have the training to facilitate your journey into the unconscious and hold safe space to help you gaze into your own inner-world.
I have a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy from Goddard College. I am currently under supervision to obtain registration with the International Expressive Art Therapy Association. I infuse the use of Expressive Arts methods into almost everything that I do, as I have continually witnessed the transformative power of this approach.