My name is Elaine Korngold and I counsel adults online in my private practice, Ask Counseling LLC, in Portland, Oregon. I help people process complex emotions, build resilience, and adopt new behaviors as they deal with issues related to:
- Existential or other Trauma and Acute Traumatic Stress,
- ADHD and Autism,
- Life transitions, including parenting, grief and loss, or immigration adjustments, and
- Athletic performance.
I integrate Brainspotting therapy and Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy / Parts Work in my practice to treat a wide variety of conditions including anxiety, depression, ADHD, phobias, chronic pain, PTSD, trauma, low self-esteem, money issues, career struggles, relationship challenges.
Brainspotting therapy is a powerful, focused treatment method that allows us to identify, process and release core neurophysiological sources of emotional and physical pain, and unhealthy copying strategies associated with early childhood trauma or PTSD. Brainspotting also helps clients move beyond trauma and living life in the present, as it enables them to focus on performance enhancement, post traumatic growth, flourishing, living abundantly, and making positive transitions.
Internal Family Systems (IFS) model is a psychotherapy based on the idea that we each have a family of parts living with us. An IFS therapists helps a client to focus on and get to know the parts that protect them. The client then invites those parts to relax and to separate their feelings and beliefs from the client, in order to open more space inside. As this happens, clients spontaneously report feeling calm, curious and compassionate towards their parts because these qualities emerge naturally, as if released, when parts relax and separate.
For monogamous couples therapy, I integrate Gottman Method Couples therapy with Intimacy From the Inside Out (IFIO) therapy based on IFS (parts work) to help heal deep emotional hurts that are triggered in intimate relationships.
By focusing on each person’s unique strengths, we develop practical, creative, and immediate solutions, and build self-reliance and confidence. In sessions, I incorporate body awareness, grounding, and self-care.
Making a life change is not trivial at any age, and you may wonder if it is even possible. Fortunately, according to neuroscience, our brains have the capacity to learn, grow, and change in every stage of life, and in that, there is hope. You can teach an old dog new tricks!
In our initial sessions together we will develop your unique, clear, and measurable treatment plan that includes your personal goals, the behaviors you want to change, the negative beliefs that hold you back, and the difficult past events and traumas that you want to overcome. As we proceed with treatment, we will track and re-assess all of these periodically, until your objectives are met and your therapeutic journey is complete. You will always know where you are in the treatment process.
In a space free of shame and judgment, we can address your life, work, money, or relationship issues, with psychotherapy customized for your individual needs. At Ask Counseling, you can ask Elaine Korngold anything! I look forward to working with you.