Gina Gratza is a licensed marriage and family therapist, specializing in the treatment and healing of trauma, eating disorders and relationships. She is trained in EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples.
Gina believes in a humanistic approach that strives to honor the uniqueness of each person that walks into her office. She seeks to meet her clients where they are at and sees them as a whole being with a drive towards healing and self-actualization.
Gina started her journey in becoming a therapist at The Salvation Army in Downtown Los Angeles working at a residential center serving male veterans that were facing homelessness, struggling with addiction and PTSD. From there she went on to spend 5 years working in treatment centers of varying levels of care for those struggling with eating disorders, exercise addiction and trauma. It is these experiences that led her to focus her practice on healing relationships, both within the self and with others.
Gina has completed part A and B of the MDMA Therapy Training Program. She has trained and volunteered with The Zendo Project, which offers psychedelic harm reduction and integration to individuals at music/ art festivals and events.
Gina currently works at the Somatic Center Portland located in SE Portland, Oregon. “Somatic Center Portland is a collective of Therapists, Acupuncturists, Body Workers, and Doctors in private practice. As a diverse community of practitioners, we’ve come together around one central principle: that the body and mind are not separate.”
How I work with clients
My role as a therapist is to provide a safe and trusting container for clients to feel as though they can fully be themselves, without fear of judgement. I work in a relational manner that is seeking connection and presence with each client. I utilize mindfulness, bringing awareness to what is happening in the now, alongside somatic practices to bring attention to the sensations in the body. There are also elements of psychoeducation in my practice around trauma, emotions and our many parts of the Self.
In my practice we may incorporate experiential exercises that mix up the traditional talk therapy format into something broader to build different neural pathways of exploring the whole self.
Ultimately, clients guide the sessions and I am there as a support to hold a mirror for and move in the direction that their goals and focus take us.
Please do not contact me regarding where to get illegal substances or how to get connected to ‘underground providers’. I do not offer psychedelic therapy or trip-sitting.