Meet Greta Lyders PhD
What unique skills or approaches do you offer your clients?
I just completed my advanced year of Somatic Experiencing® training in January of 2018, 216 hours of training! It’s like getting a second masters degree. So I enjoy helping clients understand confusing or distressing feelings, sensations and thoughts in terms of how their nervous system might be trying to protect them and/or trying to help them resolve past trauma or pain. Somatic Experiencing® is the chief theoretical framework I use to guide my clinical practice because it works well and gives people relief right away.
As I’ve learned Somatic Experiencing®, I started using “orienting to the environment with the senses” by inviting clients to “let your eyes go where they want to go,” as a calming strategy in place of relaxation exercises. It’s what wild animals do and it works.
In the medical setting, I frequently see people who have had panic attacks. They often feel relieved when they understand that all of their physical “symptoms” are part of the fight, flight and freeze responses of our biology and that they are normal. I know how to work with these responses to help clients get “completion” and free themselves from the straight jacket of trauma.
I enjoy the positive philosophy of DBT treatment, which is that “we are always trying to do our best” AND “we can also work toward changing what is not working for us.”
What do clients experience in working with you?
Clients learn that all of their thoughts, feelings and body sensations are meaningful. In traditional talk therapy, we often must rely on conscious recall of events to help us work through emotional distress. But sometimes, we have no conscious memory of the events that hurt us. I’ve worked with clients who have been date raped and weren’t conscious during the traumatic incidents they experienced. Using only the physical sensations in their bodies that emerge in discussing events related to the trauma, I helped them work through the body’s “memory” of the trauma without the need for specific recall of what happened after being drugged.
What do you enjoy about being a psychotherapist?
My greatest strength as a clinician is finding ways to help clients adopt a compassionate stance toward their “symptoms” or coping strategies. Empathy for others (expressed verbally or in body language) comes pretty easily for me, and I think clients sense safety.
What is your specialty?
Trauma! Clients are surprised that I have been seeing clients for over 23 years now, and I love going to work every day. What makes this so rewarding is that the moreI learn, the more I see my clients get better faster. It is so rewarding. So yes, working with trauma is so rewarding to see clients break free of the prison of feeling scared, alone, frozen and become confident and alive again.
Another specialty is helping clients with chronic or persistent pain. I have learned and used an EMDR protocol for treating chronic pain, and I also studied and have used an integrated EMDR technique (IEMDR) for treating migraines.
What have clients appreciated about you?
- My clients like how I consistently understand them from a stance of compassion.
- Clients like my sense of humor, and my ability to laugh at myself and with them when they are funny.
- My natural stance of giving everyone the benefit of the doubt,
- My intellectual flexibility and curiosity, which keeps me looking for better ways to help them
- The Wright Institute, Berkeley, California, 1994–1999
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, June 1999
M.A., Psychology, October 1996
- Stanford University, Stanford, California, 1983–1987
B.A., English literature, interdisciplinary emphasis in French
literature and literary theory
- State of Oregon Licensed Psychologist, License #2122, October 15, 2010
- State of California Licensed Psychologist, License # PSY 17288, March
- Recognized as Health Service Provider in Psychology by the Council for
the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology,
Certificate #52150, July 2008
- Behavioral Health Provider, Providence Medical Group, Gateway Family Medicine, Portland, OR, 06/01/15–present. Provide integrated health care to adults and children, many from underserved populations. Engage patients in behavioral health interventions to improve coping and reduce symptoms associated with various chronic medical conditions (e.g., headaches, insomnia, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, chronic pain, and irritable bowel syndrome). Provide skills training, including mindfulness meditation, relaxation and orienting/grounding strategies, to help patients manage anger, anxiety, bereavement, stress, depression and intrusive memories. Provide weekly psychotherapy using Somatic Experiencing® and EMDR for a small group of patients experiencing trauma symptoms and chronic pain. Facilitate weekly psychoeducational/ support group for patients with persistent/chronic pain. Engage in consultation and collaboration with staff physicians, allowing for immediate intervention.
- Behavioral Health Provider, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, Beaverton, OR, 09/01/10–05/15/15. (Employed by LifeWorks NW.) Provided integrated health care to adults and children from underserved populations, including immigrants and refugees from Latin America, Iraq, and Somalia. Engaged in on-the-spot consultation and collaboration with staff physicians, allowing for immediate intervention. Employed evidence-based behavioral health interventions designed to improve coping and reduce symptoms associated with various chronic medical conditions. Provided EMDR and IEMDR therapy for treatment of chronic pain and migraines. Facilitated weekly psychoeducational/support group for patients with persistent/chronic pain. Provided skills training to help patients effectively manage emotional or behavioral difficulties affecting their medical conditions. Developed behavioral change plans for smoking cessation, exercise, or other lifestyle modifications. Provided clinical supervision and didactic training to post-doctoral interns and practicum students in the doctoral programs at Pacific and George Fox Universities.
- Psychologist in Private Practice, Oakland and Lafayette, CA, 11/04/08-08/25/10. Provided psychotherapy using solution-focused, cognitive behavioral and EMDR treatment to adult individuals and couples. Specializations included substance abuse evaluation and treatment, codependency, anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, stress, parenting issues, and crisis intervention.
- Staff Psychologist, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Chemical Dependency Services, Walnut Creek, CA, 12/18/00–5/22/08. Provided group therapy and psychoeducation to chemically dependent and dually diagnosed adults in early and long-term recovery using 12-step, DBT, CBT, and solution-focused approaches. Responsibilities included: conducting intakes; leading recovery support groups for addicts and family members; conducting educational seminars on Grief and Loss in Recovery and Managing Moods; providing hospital and emergency room evaluation of patients in crisis; conducting individual supervision and group didactic for pre- and post-doctoral interns.
- Post-Doctoral Fellow, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Department of Mental Health, Martinez, CA, 9/99–8/00. Provided short-term, solution-focused therapy to individuals, couples and families exhibiting psychological problems including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, marital and family stress, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Responsibilities included conducting intakes and full-battery assessments; providing crisis intervention; co-leading groups in the Intensive Outpatient Program for high-risk patients; and co-leading long-term Recovery Support Group for patients in the Chemical Dependency Services program.
- Pre-Doctoral Intern, APA Accredited Pre-Doctoral Internship Program, University Counseling Services, University of Houston, TX, 9/97–8/98. Provided brief, solution-focused therapy to individuals, couples, and groups from diverse student population, including Latino, Asian, African American and gay and lesbian students. Presenting problems included anxiety, depression, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, stress, relationship issues, trauma and PTSD. Performed crisis intervention, conducted intakes and assessment batteries, co-led a therapy group for survivors of childhood sexual abuse and a process group for Masters-level clinicians, provided supervision to Masters-level practicum students, and developed and led 14 workshops on topics such as assertiveness training, stress management, and overcoming depression.
- Psychology Intern, Practicum, John George Psychiatric Pavilion, San Leandro, CA, 9/96 6/97. Performed clinical intake interviews, mental status exams, and individual crisis counseling on an inpatient unit geared toward serving Latino patients. Led journal-writing therapy group and co-facilitated therapy groups for patients under close observation for suicide, self-harm or assault. Participated in multi-disciplinary treatment team meetings. Wrote treatment plans, progress reports, and discharge summaries. Worked predominantly with low-income African American, Latino, and Caucasian patients with diagnoses including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, and dual diagnoses. Communicated with patients in English and Spanish.
- Graduate Student Therapist, Practicum, Wright Institute Clinic, Berkeley, CA, 9/95–6/97. Provided psychotherapy to adults with anxiety, mood and personality disorders, and life-threatening illness. Worked primarily with Asian-American and other college students. Conducted intake interviews and produced treatment plans which included DSM-IV diagnoses and treatment recommendations. Co-led a 10-week therapy group for women with eating disorders and body image disturbance.
- Graduate Student Therapist, Practicum, La Familia Counseling Service, Hayward, CA, 9/94–6/95. Provided brief, solution-focused psychotherapy, crisis intervention and case management to adults, couples, children and their parents. Served predominantly low-income Latino, African-American, Caucasian, and Afghani clients with diagnoses including depression, anxiety, personality disorders, and developmental disabilities, as well as children with ADHD and behavioral difficulties. Consulted with teachers and social workers.
Relevant Work and Volunteer Experience
- Intake Coordinator, Protection and Advocacy, Inc., Oakland, CA, 6/93–8/94. Provided initial information and referral to individuals with developmental disabilities or their family members, and to individuals with mental disabilities in state hospitals seeking legal assistance. Screened clients to determine eligibility for and appropriateness of advocacy services. Developed and updated community referral information for non-English-speaking clients. Translated for attorneys assisting monolingual Spanish-speaking clients.
- Volunteer Crisis Counselor, Woman, Inc., San Francisco, CA, 2/93–4/94. Counseled battered women on 24-hour telephone crisis hotline and in person. Referred clients to shelters, legal services, etc. as needed. Screened clients, including monolingual Spanish-speaking women, to determine eligibility for restraining order clinic.
- Volunteer Crisis Counselor/Trainer, Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention of Alameda County, Berkeley, CA, 7/88–12/89. Counseled suicidal and other callers in crisis on 24-hour telephone hotline. Client population consisted primarily of persons with chronic mental disabilities. Trained new volunteers in crisis counseling.
- Teaching Assistant, Psychodiagnosis & Psychopathology, The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA 9/95–1/96
- English Composition Teacher, University of California, Davis, CA, 9/90–4/91
- Doctoral Dissertation: Body Image and Attitudes Toward Eating: The Influence of Objectified Body Consciousness and its Variations by Gender and Sexual Orientation, May 1999
- Master’s Thesis: Interpersonal Guilt and Abusive Relationships, October 1996
- Undergraduate Honor’s Thesis: Caught in a Web Caught in Us: The Human Subject According to Jacques Lacan and Application of Lacanian Theory to Literature, June 1987
Awards and Honors
- Dissertation Award, The Wright Institute: Richard Alan Smith Scholar’s Award for Excellence in Multicultural Scholarship, June 1999
- Stanford English Department Honors and Distinction, June 1987
- Phi Beta Kappa, June 1987
- Stanford University President’s Award for Academic Excellence, September 1984
- American Psychological Association
- Oregon Psychological Association
- SE Trauma Institute
- EMDR International Association
- National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology
Selected Workshops and Trainings Attended
- In the advanced year of training to earn Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner certificate. Scheduled to complete Advanced II training in January of 2018.
- “Through the Eyes of Trauma: EMDR and Ego State Therapy across the Dissociative Continuum,” Sandra Paulsen, PhD, 12/6/14-12/7/14
- “Treating Chronic Pain with EMDR,” Mark Grant, M.A., 8/29/14-8/30/2014
- “How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness,” Peter A. Levine, Ph.D., 3/7/2014
- “Integrated EMDR for Migraines,” Steven Marcus, Ph.D., 8/23-8/24/2013
- “EMDR with Somatic Disorders,” Phyllis Klaus, L.M.F.T., L.M.S.W., 4/10/2010
- “Trauma, PTSD and Grief,” Linda J. Schupp, Ph.D., 3/25/2010
- “The Immune System: The Mind-Body Connection,” Margaret Kemeny, Ph.D., 2/24/2010
- “Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Hands-On Help for Disorders of Emotion Dysregulation,” Rochelle I. Frank, Ph.D., 10/24/2009
- “Using EMDR to Work with Emotional and Physical Pain,” teleseminar Maggie Phillips, Ph.D. and Laurel Parnell, Ph.D., 12/5/2008
- “Transforming Trauma with EMDR: Parts I, II, & III,” Laurel Parnell, Ph.D., 11/16-18/2007, 12/7-9/2007, and 9/26-28/2008
- “The Trauma of Addiction & Recovery: Women, Men & the Paradoxes of Transformational Change,” Stephanie Brown, 6/29/2007
- “Emotion Regulation Skills for Dialectical Behavior Therapy,” Marsha M. Linehan, Ph.D., ABPP, 10/31-11/01/2005
- “What Works in Drug & Alcohol Treatment: A Client-Directed, Outcome-Informed Approach,” Scott D. Miller, Ph.D., 10/3/2003
- “Perinatal Mood Disorders Assessment and Treatment,” Shoshana Bennett, Ph.D., Phyllis I. Cedars, M.D., and Pec Indman, Ed.D., MFT, 3/15-16/2002
- “Integrating Somatic Awareness in Psychotherapy for Trauma & PTSD,” David V. Baldwin, Ph.D., at the 109th APA Convention, 8/24/2001
Available upon request.