Hi, I'm Annie Dolle LCSW
and I provide individual trauma focused therapy for adolescents, adults, and elders utilizing a mindful, body-centered approach. If you are seeking personal growth and healing, I invite you to contact me. Disempowered and alone? Lets work together to become more connected and self-supportive. Through open-minded presence, I provide a space where you can experience greater self-knowing and choice. I celebrate all gender expressions, sexual orientations, ethnicities and abilities.
A Little About My Personal/Professional Background
Hello and welcome! I am a practicing therapist and medical social worker with over twenty years of dedicated study/professional experience in the helping profession.
My story began here in Portland, Oregon and has taken me to some pretty interesting places. These include (but aren’t limited to) West Africa in the Peace Corps, homes across Oregon supporting children and families in crisis, the walls of an elementary school counseling office, a group mental health practice in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and the busy environment of a Level I Trauma Emergency Department.
What I have discovered is the resiliency of the human sprit, the commonalities of the human condition, and the simple reality that wherever we go, there we are. Our life experiences and the beliefs we carry have a profound impact on our perceptions, interactions, and relationships. I have also found that it is in relationship that people heal, and supportive connection is the antidote for pain and confusion.
As a student of the Hakomi method, I find that the mindfulness-based/experiential work pairs well with the powerful tool of EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Re-processing). These modalities can be useful in helping to resolve painful or traumatic issues and blocking beliefs. I myself have experienced a deep seismic heart-shift and can personally attest to the healing powers found in these therapies.
Through Arrival Counseling, I have the opportunity to draw from my palette of tools, training, and life experiences to assist you in making greater sense of your inner world. If you are moving through life without the ability to enjoy, cope, and be present, we will unearth how you arrived to your current state, and discover new options. Whether you are experiencing grief/loss, finding it difficult to navigate parenting or family transitions, in need of support due to a challenging life event, or experiencing difficult symptoms related to your mental health, I am dedicated to your wellness. Lets work towards stabilization, healing, insight, and hope. I am passionate about highlighting your unique strengths and creativity.
If You Feel Stuck and Confused, I Hear You, And You Are Not Alone
The impact of wounding and trauma can make everyday life feel like a minefield, where ordinary things can feel like overwhelming triggers. Difficult and/or life threatening life experiences can cast a shadow on relationships with others as well as ourselves. We may lose connection with our body, mind, and spirit and find that daily life feels more like a chore rather than a joyful experience. You want to choose a healthier path, but somehow find yourself back to where you started.
Perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed right now with all that's going on. You may be feeling:
- Unable to decipher what is and isn't safe
- Disconnected or hyper-aroused in your body, you wonder if you will ever feel at ease
- Lonely and alienated because others cannot understand or tolerate your expressions
- Confused about memories from your past, or lack of memories
- Frustrated that you push love and other relationships away
- Confused about how to set healthy boundaries for yourself and with others
- Isolated due to chronic pain or physical discomfort that doesn’t seem to be treatable
- Worried that your coping strategies are making things worse instead of better
- Unsure how to navigate through a challenging situation
If painful thoughts and emotions get in the way of living a full and powerful life, then it may be time for a therapeutic alliance. I provide a grounded space for individuals seeking personal growth and healing…
It IS Possible To Start Feeling Balanced
As your therapist I know that the true expert on your experience is you. Together we will work to guide you inwards, not to repeat our painful experiences, but to emerge so that we can survive and thrive. I will provide a safe, supportive, and engaged presence that will allow deeper self-awareness and connection to unfold.
There Are Many Benefits To seeking therapy..
Connect with possibility for greater inner peace
- Begin to have awareness about your felt-sense of experiences.
- Feel greater efficacy and agency over yourself and your life
- Learn the skills of self regulation
- Experience the freedom of greater choice and options
- Enjoy greater connection with those around you
- Begin to move in a new life direction
- Arrive and soften into the present moment
These are a just a few of the ways individual therapy can help.
Let's Arrive To A Place You Want To Be
Reach out to schedule your first appointment. Feel free to email or call with questions you may have prior to scheduling your first appointment. You can share a bit about what is going on and I can answer any questions you might have. Call or email me at [email protected]. I'm look forward to collaborating with you.