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Big Heart, Open Wide

Public Classes at Portland Psychotherapy

Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 6:00 PM - Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 8:00 PM (PDT)

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Big Heart, Open Wide

A Class for Highly Self-Critical People


Who:  Are you your own worst critic? When you fail at something do you feel consumed by feelings of inadequacy or shame? Do you find yourself frequently comparing yourself to other people or to a version of yourself you feel you are not living up to? Do you frequently dislike yourself or feel disappointed in yourself? Are you kinder to others than you are to yourself?


What:  Come and change your relationship with yourself and the people around you. Gain a better understanding of your own self-criticism and learn new scientifically-based skills for getting free from shame and self-criticism. Practice within a supportive community and discover strategies that can help you be more of the person you’d want to be, both to yourself and others. Learn to recognize and address obstacles to being kinder to yourself and others, in order to live a richer, more fulfilling life.


When:  Thursdays 6-8 pm. Starts October 13, 2016. The complete class is a 9-week commitment.


Where:  Portland Psychotherapy, 3700 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227


To Register or to learn more about the class, contact Dr. Melissa Platt 503-281-4852 x18, or get a ticket above. The cost is $350 for the nine classes and can be billed through health insurance. A sliding scale may be available to those in financial need.


Class facilitators


Jason Luoma, Ph.D.


Jason Luoma, Ph.D. is founder of ACTwithCompassion and a leading researcher in the area of shame and interventions for those difficulties. He is also co-founder of Portland Psychotherapy, a unique research and training clinic where proceeds from services go to fund scientific research. He is an internationally recognized trainer and therapist  and has been researching the topic of shame and self-criticism for over a decade. He also maintains a clinical practice focused on helping people with chronic shame and self-criticism.


Jenna LeJeune, Ph.D.


Jenna LeJeune, Ph.D. is co-founder of and Director of Clinical Services at Portland Psychotherapy. Her research focuses on mental health stigma and compassion-focused interventions for those struggling with shame and self-criticism. In her clinical practice, Jenna focuses helping those with various relationship difficulties, including problems with intimacy, trauma-related relationship challenges, and struggles a person may have in their relationship with their own body.



Melissa Platt, Ph.D.


Melissa Platt, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and researcher at Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, and Training Center. Her published research focuses on shame, particularly as it relates to interpersonal trauma. She is currently researching the effects of compassion on feelings of shame and developing new treatments for shame and self-criticism and also focuses on this in her therapy practice.



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Portland Psychotherapy
3700 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 6:00 PM - Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 8:00 PM (PDT)

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