David Kline, PsyD
"I practice from several approaches, but something that makes me different is my training and ability to practice Anti-Racist Trauma-Informed Care when appropriate and indicated for consenting clients. Unequal access to resources and social prejudice and discrimination creates a difference of opportunity that shape people and family’s ability to create sustainable predictability, which often leaders to intergenerational trauma and stress. This area of focus is often disregarded or uncomfortable to discuss, with therapy being the little exception to that rule; however, I find these histories and experiences are rich with potential for healing and understanding as they exist and impact our functioning frequently."
Clients can expect an empathic approach to mental health that creates an opportunity for us to determine the most comfortable and effective approach for the therapeutic relationship. This includes communication style; how to collaboratively approach any topic and area of interest; and how to preserve agency, autonomy, and emotional safety throughout the therapy processes. I specialize in psychodynamic approaches to mental health which include interpreting and evaluating unconscious and subconscious resistance to change, evaluating awareness of processes that might be helpful to or hindering change and health and reinforcing a sense of self to further autonomous change beyond therapy.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Non-heteronormativity & Trans Mental Health
MENTAL HEALTH + WELLNESS RESOURCES
(MY FAVORITE RECOMMENDATIONS)
For trauma and understanding how trauma impacts the mind and body: The Body Keeps the Score; Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma – Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. (Trauma Psychiatrist)
For improving understanding of self and healthy boundaries: Boundaries and Protection – Pixie Lighthorse (Native American author and spiritual healer)
For improved social awareness and discussions regarding inequity and prejudice: Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? – Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D. (expert on the development of racial identity)
Nonclinical exploration of self: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Neighborly Words of Wisdom from Mister Rogers – Fred Rogers, Tom Junod
For understanding power and privilege: White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son – Tom Wise
David is a licensed clinical psychologist with training and specialization in a variety of mental health and wellness concerns. David utilizes trauma-informed and agency approaches in therapy to help create an environment of safety and comfort to best meet clients wherever they are in their healing process. David is interested in discussing aspects of health that are often ignored in social conversations and relationships, such as forming healthy relationships and attachments, sex and intimacy, sociopolitical stress, prejudice and discrimination, and other powerful and socially stigmatized aspects of health and safety.
David is a licensed clinical psychologist with training and specialization in a variety of mental health and wellness concerns.
- Doctorate of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from Pacific University – School of Graduate Psychology
- Skiing at Mt. Hood
- Visiting the coast with his dog and partner
- Video Games on a rainy afternoon
- Traveling State/National parks
- Achieve Medical Center