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With a name like Bend Ecotherapy, it is important that you know - I offer counseling services in the office, just like most therapists. Taking sessions outside is just an option. Learn more about it on my specialties page.
I’d like to share a little bit about myself to give you a sense of who I am. I grew up in a large multi-cultural family. I was fortunate to have a supportive, nurturing, and loving family. However, like most families, we experienced many challenges throughout the years and were able to navigate those challenges with the support of inspiring individuals. This experience has continued to inform my role as a mother, sister, wife, and in my practice as a therapist. As a teenage girl who struggled with finding her voice – I have a strong personal connection to empowering young people and supporting the families who love them. I value humor, a sense of curiosity, unwavering compassion, and a straightforward stance in my interactions with others. I have also had many profound and often transformative personal experiences in the wilderness. Thus, my passion for providing counseling services that incorporate the natural world (ecotherapy)! Check out my published article, “Doing our own work: A parallel Process”, about one such experience!
Sabrina Hadeed-Duea, PhD, LPC
In my counseling work, I often utilize experiential methods, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), relational “here and now” approaches, attachment theory, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and narrative exposure therapies.
The art of counseling often incorporates the use of metaphor, which can help to shift our perspective and deepen understanding. In honor of the magic of metaphor, I will reference a sailing one now to describe an important value I maintain in my counseling work. The front of a ship is called the bow. This term comes from the notion that the ship respects the sea by bowing to her. Like the bow of a ship, exists my belief that every human being deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. It is this belief that steers my practice. Supporting this bow, I also believe in the importance and power of advocacy for equal rights for all individuals. I strive to be aware of and accountable for my biases and privileges and to work as respectfully as I can within a trauma-informed and relational framework. I maintain an affirming gender and sexual diversity position with all individuals.
My overall counseling foundation comes from an existential-phenomenological approach, which (loosely translated) means: to find meaning in one’s life, one must examine the phenomenon (experience) of living. In addition to providing traditional in-office counseling, I specialize in providing non-traditional out-of-office therapy. This is known as ecotherapy (and adventure based therapy), the practice of incorporating the natural world into therapy.
Ecotherapy can have many applications, at times it may look like sessions in a park, while on a walk, or it may be assignments between session that are geared towards interaction with nature or reflections on metaphors involving self and nature. Other times it could be more outdoor adventure-based activities. Getting outside can help to shift perspective and tap into your resiliency! Themes of building distress tolerance and noticing how your body holds stress are just some of the ways ecotherapy can work.
My approach in counseling focuses on helping you confront the present courageously and constructively – in order to move forward with health and wellness. For past trauma, we will examine how past experiences are impacting your present life and we may revisit the memories using the best-fit clinical approach (EMDR, Narrative Exposure, grounding techniques, psychotherapy, etc). Supporting this method, is a mind-body wellness approach. This approach comes from the belief that the body is a powerful container in how it holds and manifests past experiences and it can be a critical tool for exploration and healing. Throughout trauma work, there will be attention to how your body is reacting to the process (physiological) and we will work together to help you regulate your body’s reactivity.
Professional Experience and Credentials
Dr. Sabrina Hadeed-Duea is a Licensed Professional Counselor, an Approved Clinical Supervisor, and a counselor educator. She has her Ph.D. in Counseling with a Major in Counselor Education and Supervision from Oregon State University. She has over 13 years of experience, with nearly 7 of those years specifically in wilderness therapy – making her uniquely qualified in the field of Ecotherapy. Other professional experience includes working in the following settings: an adolescent residential treatment center, a crisis call center, in-school day treatment program (for youth at risk of expulsion), and an out-patient child & family community mental health program. Dr. Hadeed-Duea currently teaches as an Adjunct Professor for Montana State University’s online graduate addiction counseling program and for Oregon State University Cascades’ graduate counseling program.
Dr. Hadeed-Duea’s research interests include: ecotherapy and ecopsychology, family systems from an addiction platform, gender studies, intersectionality, multicultural ethics, attachment, and LGBTQ struggles specifically related to family of origin dynamics of intolerance, tolerance, acceptance, and affirmation.