Brian Thompson, Ph.D. — Contributor
Brian Thompson, PhD, is a licensed psychologist at Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, and Training Center in Portland, Oregon, and he also works at the Portland Mood Disorders Clinic. Dr. Thompson draws from treatments supported by research but which emphasize a compassionate understanding of the each person's individual struggles and which help people move towards what is most important to them. He works with a variety of conditions—particularly anxiety—and specializes in the treatment of trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder. (Click here for his personal website.)
Dr. Thompson received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Montana in 2009 after completing a yearlong predoctoral internship at the Portland VA Medical Center. Prior to earning his doctorate, Dr. Thompson completed a Master's degree in counseling at Naropa University in a program with a strong emphasis on Eastern thought and sitting meditation, and he has completed meditation retreats in several different traditions.
Dr. Thompson divides his time between clinical work and research. He has published several research articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. His main research foci are mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions, and trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He contributes to other mental health blogs, including The Art and Science of Living Well, and one for mental health professionals called Science-Based Psychotherapy.
In his clinical work, Dr. Thompson draws mainly from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a versatile therapy with a strong research base. He also offers training and consultation in ACT to other therapists.
The following are Brian's contributions to MentalHelp.Net
Sometimes the most effective way to manage distress is to stop struggling against what’s painful. It doesn’t necessarily make it go away; however... Read More
Often when people are looking for a therapist, they ask about who is “good” or an “expert.” There are those who seek... Read More
Complete the following: Twinkle, twinkle little _________. Mary had a little __________. Hickory dickory __________. Your responses probably came almost automatically. Now imagine trying to... Read More
Depression: Major Depression & Unipolar Varieties
In the Pacific Northwest where I live, people adore the summers and brace themselves for the gray and drizzly winters. It’s true that some... Read More
The Cochran Collaboration, a prestigious international nonprofit organization dedicated to making healthcare research available to consumers, posted a review this year on the use of... Read More
Not too long, I came across a request on a professional listserv for a therapist experienced in hypnosis to help someone recover “possible” childhood... Read More