Meet the Portland Psychotherapy Training Team
We are proud to boast instructors that are not only all active clinicians, but also the premier researchers in the advancement of modern psychotherapy.
Jason Luoma, Ph.D.
Jason Luoma, Ph.D. is the CEO of Portland Psychotherapy in Portland, OR. His research focuses on shame, self-stigma, connection, and the application of ACT and psychedelic assisted therapy as an intervention shame and increasing self-compassion. He is currently organizing a clinical trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for social anxiety disorder that is one of the first trials of psychedelic assisted therapy in the Pacific Northwest. He also recently organized a special section on psychedelic assisted therapy and contextual behavioral science. He’s an internationally recognized trainer in ACT, former chair of the ACT training committee, and past president of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. He has over 60 publications including co-authoring two books: Learning Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Values in Therapy: A Clinician’s Guide to Helping Clients Explore Values, Increase Psychological Flexibility, and Live a More Meaningful Life.
Brian Pilecki, Ph.D.
Dr. Brian Pilecki is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders (OCD, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder), trauma and PTSD, and matters related to the use of psychedelics. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and practices from an orientation based in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Brian also has extensive experience in the areas of mindfulness and meditation, and incorporates them into his therapy with clients. He is an active researcher and has published on topics such as anxiety disorders, mindfulness, psychedelics, and the relationship between theory and practice in psychotherapy. At Portland Psychotherapy, Brian is also involved in research in the use of psychedelics for the treatment of mental health problems.
Jenna LeJeune, Ph.D.
Jenna LeJeune, Ph.D. is President and co-founder of Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research and Training Center in Portland, Oregon. As a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. LeJeune is deeply interested in issues of meaning, purpose, and values. In her clinical practice, Dr. LeJeune specializes in using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help those she serves connect with what is most meaningful so that they are able to live lives of purpose and integrity even in the midst of the suffering. She is the co-author of the book Values in Practice: A Clinician’s Guide to Helping Clients Develop Psychological Flexibility and Live a More Meaningful Life as well as numerous other book chapters, journal articles, and other publications largely focused on issues related to values, meaning, self-compassion, and shame. Dr. LeJeune is also a peer-reviewed ACT trainer and provides ACT trainings for professionals around the world.
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Brian Thompson, Ph.D.
Dr. Brian Thompson is a licensed psychologist and director for the anxiety clinic at Portland Psychotherapy. Brian completed his doctorate at the University of Montana, his pre-doctoral internship at the Portland VA Medical Center, and a post-doctoral fellowship focused on acceptance and commitment therapy under the supervision of Jason Luoma, PhD, (e.g., Learning ACT) and Jenna Lejeune , PhD, (e.g., Values in Therapy). Passionate about evidence-based treatment, he specializes in working with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders (OCRD). In addition to working full-time as a clinician, Brian has published in peer-reviewed journals on Third Wave approaches to anxiety and OCRD, organized and contributed to professional trainings (e.g., workshops, symposia, panel discussion) on related topics, and offers consultation to professionals on integrating ACT and newer models of exposure in clinical work. He has held leadership positions, most recently as Past-President for the Oregon Chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, and he was a consultant and therapist for a telehealth program focused on health anxiety through Regence.
Kati Lear, Ph.D.
Dr. Kati Lear is a licensed psychologist, continuing education coordinator, and associate investigator at Portland Psychotherapy. Her clinical work and research focus on the treatment of clinical issues characterized by high levels of shame and self-criticism (social anxiety, trauma and PTSD, depression). Kati completed her doctorate at University of Wyoming and her pre-doctoral internship at Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC in Denver, CO, where she completed a year-long rotation in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Depression. Kati completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Portland Psychotherapy, where she developed her clinical skills in ACT and compassion-focused techniques from Jason Luoma, PhD and Jenna LeJeune, PhD and conducted empirical research on interpersonal processes related to shame and self-criticism in Dr. Luoma’s lab. Her research focuses on shame and self-criticism, self-compassion, and more recently, MDMA-assisted therapy as a potential treatment for social anxiety disorder.