Training and Experience
Dr. Tobin says:
I practiced as a clinical psychologist in California for over 35 years, though am now licensed just in Oregon, with offices in Northeast Portland and West Linn, Oregon. I'm an integrative therapist. My experience is broad and deep with active use and extensive knowledge of numerous types of psychotherapy.
My early training at the University of Michigan was in psychodynamic therapy. I trained with Fritz Perls, MD, the founder of Gestalt Therapy in the 1960's, then certified as a Gestalt Therapist with Perls and James Simkin, Ph.D and went on to become Co-Founder and President of the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Los Angeles.
At the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), I served as Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology while establishing a private practice, co-founding the Topanga Center for Human Development and setting up a church-sponsored mental health clinic.
Rather than being wedded to a particular school, I enjoy helping therapists grow according to their own unique skills, talents and -- most importantly -- their unique personalities. I trained therapists in the fundamentals of Gestalt Therapy and psychoanalytic Self Psychology throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, and have long presented talks and workshops at numerous professional conferences, including the Association of Humanistic Psychology; the Gestalt Conference; the American Psychological Association, the American Association of Psychotherapists and the Annual EMDR International Association Conference. I served as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychology at UCLA, teaching individual and group therapy, and taught classes in psychoanalytic Self Psychology at Cal State Northridge, California School of Professional Psychology (Los Angeles), and at Antioch University.
I've focused substantial time on training, supervising, and consulting with therapists, both beginners and veterans. I also conduct classes for Psy.D. and Ph.D. students at Saybrook Graduate Institute Research Center and at Ryokan College.
I serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology. I have published articles on Gestalt Therapy, psychoanalytic Self Psychology, on the integration of existential-humanistic psychology with psychoanalysis, and on the integration of EMDR with more traditional therapies.
My areas of expertise include psychodynamic therapies (Self Psychology, Intersubjectivity and Object Relations), existential-humanistic therapies (Gestalt Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy), couples' therapy and EMDR. I also have experience with Cognitive-Behavior therapy and Ego State Therapy.
My private clinical practice concentrates on intensive individual therapy with people who suffer from severe anxiety and depression, those who are struggling with important life issues such as divorce, death of a loved one or severe illness. I work with couples who wish to improve their communication skills to develop more satisfying relationships, and with families in conflict. I also work on a short-term basis with people who come to address specific issues such as trauma, phobias, panic attacks, and those who are experiencing life-threatening illnesses.
I welcome inquiries from professionals seeking consultation and supervision. I schedule in-office supervisions as well as telephone and internet consultations. If you'd like to schedule an appointment or to request additional information, please email or contact me by phone at (503) 699-5534.
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