Aisha Abbasi, M.D.

Aisha Abbasi, M.D. Offering therapy, psychoanalysis, and consultation (for clinicians) in OR.,CA.,WA.,MI., and FL.
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To all who celebrate Kwanzaa: Habari Gani!  Dec 26, 2023
12/27/2023

To all who celebrate Kwanzaa: Habari Gani!
Dec 26, 2023

My office in Portland, Oregon: The  art 🖼️ work above the couch is from Michigan. Having mementos  of the place we’ve  m...
12/18/2023

My office in Portland, Oregon: The art 🖼️ work above the couch is from Michigan. Having mementos of the place we’ve moved from, in the place we’ve moved to, helps us internally as we navigate the inevitable feelings of loss involved in the separation brought about by the move… -country migration

In Michigan seeing patients in person this week.
12/12/2023

In Michigan seeing patients in person this week.


11/23/2023

Happy Thanksgiving 2023!
I give thanks to the good teachers who helped me learn and appreciate the art and science of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis; and to my patients who give me the privilege of walking by their side on this tough journey called life, who tolerate my mistakes, and feel free enough to call me out when needed 🙌🏽🙏🏽; and to my family and good friends who sustain me through good times and bad .

A lovely sunny 🌞 Fall day in the Portland area. Heading out after a hard but good day at work to enjoy the crisp air tha...
11/20/2023

A lovely sunny 🌞 Fall day in the Portland area. Heading out after a hard but good day at work to enjoy the crisp air that feels to me now

As a new “immigrant” to Portland, OR., I am enjoying learning more about this beautiful state and city. One of my goals ...
10/10/2023

As a new “immigrant” to Portland, OR., I am enjoying learning more about this beautiful state and city. One of my goals is to visit, over time, each and every independent bookstore 📚 in the area. Yes, indeed ! Went to in recently. Loved it 😍. Gathered up an armful of good reads and enjoyed one of them over a delicious lunch at restaurant. Please feel free to recommend some of your favorite to this newly transplanted book lover 📖

10/05/2023

I am pleased to announce that my website has been updated to reflect exciting changes to my private practice. In addition to being licensed in Michigan and Florida, I am now also seeing patients in-person and remotely in Oregon, as well as remotely in California and Washington.

Offering therapy, psychoanalysis, and consultation (for clinicians) in OR.,CA.,WA.,MI., and FL.

Thanks to Robert H Berry, fellow Michigander now also in Portland,OR. for this witty New Yorker cartoon card! And a love...
09/22/2023

Thanks to Robert H Berry, fellow Michigander now also in Portland,OR. for this witty New Yorker cartoon card! And a lovely chat over brunch. Psychotherapy and psychoanalysis are aimed in part at helping people get in touch with secret parts of themselves: parts they have hidden away because of shame, guilt, fear, or other reasons. I believe it’s also very important for us to be able to air out family skeletons, secrets, and myths : to acknowledge, with courage ( however sad it might make us feel) all the elephants in the rooms of our minds and lives . Only then can we live bravely , fearlessly , and in a fully authentic way
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Snapped this photo strolling through  this past weekend. This city offers such gorgeous murals for us to enjoy! Loving i...
09/18/2023

Snapped this photo strolling through this past weekend. This city offers such gorgeous murals for us to enjoy! Loving it.

To all who will be celebrating the first evening of Rosh Hashanah today: L’Shana Tovah! May this be a sweet and healthy ...
09/15/2023

To all who will be celebrating the first evening of Rosh Hashanah today: L’Shana Tovah! May this be a sweet and healthy new year for all

A big shout out for this upcoming book by Dr. Mullan. Coming out Nov.7, 2023“Decolonizing Therapy: Oppression, Historica...
09/14/2023

A big shout out for this upcoming book by Dr. Mullan. Coming out Nov.7, 2023
“Decolonizing Therapy: Oppression, Historical Trauma, and Politicizing Your Practice illuminates that all therapy is—and always has been—inherently political. Ignoring collective global trauma makes delivering effective therapy impossible; not knowing how to interrogate privilege (as a therapist, client, or both) makes healing elusive; and shying away from understanding how we may be participating in oppression is irresponsible. This book is the emotional companion and guide to decolonization. It is an invitation for Eurocentrically-trained clinicians to acknowledge privilege and oppressed parts while relearning what we thought we knew.”

The moments in therapy and psychoanalysis that are both serious and lighthearted!
09/12/2023

The moments in therapy and psychoanalysis that are both serious and lighthearted!

The usefulness and power of pauses and silence in the therapeutic conversation: “Sometimes, when it’s quiet, surprising ...
09/08/2023

The usefulness and power of pauses and silence in the therapeutic conversation: “Sometimes, when it’s quiet, surprising things happen.”

Doesn’t that sound liberating?! What a wonderful way to live, unburdened by the need to please, fawn, and accept injusti...
09/07/2023

Doesn’t that sound liberating?! What a wonderful way to live, unburdened by the need to please, fawn, and accept injustices foisted upon you . Instead: learn to live by what you know to be true, just, and right for you. Takes courage to do this, might be lonely at first, but ultimately brings immense joy. 💯

As the seasons change , from the end of Summer to the beginning of Fall, here are some thoughts to guide, inspire, and s...
09/06/2023

As the seasons change , from the end of Summer to the beginning of Fall, here are some thoughts to guide, inspire, and support all of us . With appreciation for .

(Read through all the images)

09/05/2023

Hello from the Pacific Northwest ! Working from the balcony of my home office in Happy Valley, OR. on this beautiful day. Want to share that I am
now opening up some hours to see patients in Oregon, in person, and remotely. Also available for remote therapy for patients from Washington and California

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The work of psychoanalysis,as described by Sigmund Freud:”From error to error,one discovers the entire truth.”          ...
07/13/2023

The work of psychoanalysis,as described by Sigmund Freud:”From error to error,one discovers the entire truth.”

07/01/2023

“You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.”
-Tom Wilson-
Happy 4th of July to all!
🇺🇸 🌹🌹🌹

“The revery (reverie) alone will do,   If bees are few.” What a thought: the power of one’s imagination, captured in the...
06/30/2023

“The revery (reverie) alone will do,
If bees are few.”
What a thought: the power of one’s imagination, captured in the immortal words of Emily Dickinson (see below).
Reverie is also what allows psychoanalysts to listen to their patients in a special way that Freud called “free-floating attention.” This kind of listening is one in which the analyst does not focus on any one thing the patient says, but it allows the analyst to listen to all the material being presented and tune into the patient’s ( and her’s, meaning the therapist’s own) affects and unconscious ideas. Also called evenly hovering attention. With this kind of listening, we can understand in a much deeper way, what the patient is struggling with, and why.

So: What is considered a major life event in psychology?“At a general level, major life events can be defined as “enviro...
06/23/2023

So: What is considered a
major life event in psychology?
“At a general level, major life events can be defined as “environmental changes that have a definable beginning point in time and that would be expected to be associated with at least some degree of psychological threat, unpleasantness, or behavioral demands” (Harkness & Monroe, 2016)”

According to research (in the U.K in 2022), the top ten most stressful events in our lives today are the following :

🚨 The death of a family member or friend

🚨 Financial challenges

🚨 Issues at work

🚨 Change in a relationship

🚨 Divorce

🚨 Exams & studying

🚨 Buying a house

🚨 Reading/watching the news

🚨 Having a child

🚨 Starting a new job

We all need and could use help to deal with such challenging situations. Good help facilitates the ability to 😊

Flowers from a good neighbor, the vase a gift 🎁 from an old friend, the painting a gift from someone I treated, the sign...
06/16/2023

Flowers from a good neighbor, the vase a gift 🎁 from an old friend, the painting a gift from someone I treated, the sign a gift from my son: Our lives are so deeply touched by people we are close to; which is something to be very grateful for, isn’t it?

Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul. Simple words to live by. The rest will follow .       ⚡️
04/15/2023

Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul. Simple words to live by. The rest will follow .
⚡️

Thursday Thoughts                         La vie en rose! Directly translated to "life in pink", "La vie en rose" essent...
02/16/2023

Thursday Thoughts
La vie en rose!

Directly translated to "life in pink", "La vie en rose" essentially means seeing life through rose-coloured glasses. Living with an attitude or outlook of positivity, trying to see beauty in the everyday; like you do when you first fall in love…The world can be a messy, exhausting place sometimes. The main stream media portrays humanity as almost on the brink of armageddon, so much so you might be forgiven for thinking walking out your front door will end in disaster.
But there is beauty and truth and kindness to be found out there too. There's summer blooms, smiles from strangers, birthday cake, good books and favourite playlists, forehead kisses, travel and art…I hope this piece serves as a little reminder to seek the good things, the beauty and the happiness. To embrace those crooked lines, torn edges and imperfections in life. To live "la vie en rose".
-Jennifer Darr-
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Another senseless, avoidable gun-related tragedy, this time on the MSU campus. Three young people dead, five in critical...
02/14/2023

Another senseless, avoidable gun-related tragedy, this time on the MSU campus. Three young people dead, five in critical condition . Thousands of others deeply emotionally affected, and families panic stricken. In the words of the Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer: “It doesn’t have to be this way. This is a uniquely American problem. Too many of us scan rooms for exits when we enter them. We plan who that last text or call would go to. We should not, we cannot, accept living like this.”

Several months ago I wrote about our family dog Riley being terminally ill with lung cancer. Riley died in late October ...
01/06/2023

Several months ago I wrote about our family dog Riley being terminally ill with lung cancer. Riley died in late October of 2022. We felt we would never bring another dog home, because the reality that human beings generally outlive their dogs, had become painfully clear. On the 2nd of January, 2023, however, we went to a local shelter and brought home a new, feisty young dog . The human mind’s capacity to deal with loss, to mourn , and to still maintain hope and a zest for living , is quite something, isn’t it?
Tormod Knutsen, a Norwegian psychoanalyst, writes: “Grief is a condition that all humans experience when they lose a loved one.” Referring to one of Freud’s most important papers, Mourning and Melancholia, Knutsen adds that :
“He claimed that it is wrong to regard grief as pathological and something requiring treatment. Grief passes after some time, and upsetting this process unnecessarily may be harmful. By this, Freud meant that we should trust the human ability to endure stresses and strains and overcome hardship through personal effort…According to Freud, we learn gradually by reality orientation that the loved one is gone forever. The association with the memories of this person must be dissolved and brought to a close, one by one. This is a painful process, and most people resist it for a while.” At the same time, it’s important to remember that “Grief is not a disease, but some people nevertheless become ill from grief.” There are many reasons why grief, instead of being resolved over time, turns into a prolonged melancholic state. For such complicated mourning, psychological help can be invaluable 🇳🇴

Gifts that cost nothing, but mean a lot, are the best kind of gifts 🎁. To all that  talks about , I would add time : our...
12/24/2022

Gifts that cost nothing, but mean a lot, are the best kind of gifts 🎁. To all that talks about , I would add time : our time is also one of the most precious gifts we can give to those we love . Happy Holidays, all! 🎉

12/19/2022

Being a psychoanalyst is hard work, IF we do it honestly and give our patients our very best . Being fully and deeply emotionally engaged , hour after hour, day after day, with patients, as we help them with their suffering, is inevitably emotionally draining for therapists and psychoanalysts. Much as we love doing what we do, and feel it’s an honor and a privilege to be able to walk with our patients on their journey of self discovery, in order to do this work well, it’s imperative that we also take care of ourselves by taking time off to sustain and nourish ourselves

12/08/2022

“Do not be desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.”
-CONFUCIUS-
(551 B.C. —479 B.C.)

Feelings of hurt and shame are often covered over by anger and animosity. Anger makes us feel more powerful;  shame and ...
05/11/2022

Feelings of hurt and shame are often covered over by anger and animosity. Anger makes us feel more powerful; shame and hurt make us feel more vulnerable. So we choose anger over recognizing the other underlying feelings. And we metaphorically clench our fists in order to protect ourselves. “Step one is to unclench the fists; we can only move forward after letting go of anger.” And then we can work with the deeper feelings that make us feel helpless

🚨 THESE 👇 are the stunning stained glass windows of the Basilica Sagrada Familia in Barcelona: a masterpiece created by ...
05/07/2022

🚨 THESE 👇 are the stunning stained glass windows of the Basilica Sagrada Familia in Barcelona: a masterpiece created by the world 🌎 renowned Spanish architect Gaudi.
🚨 And THIS is a story about Gaudi and his mother :
“Gaudi had a challenging childhood because he was too ill to play outside like other children.
But his loving and devoted mother – Antònia Cornet i Bertran – wanted him to still have a happy 😊 childhood under the circumstances.
So she placed his bed 🛌
next to a large window 🪟 with a stunning view of the family gardens🪴 .
And it made all the difference.
Despite spending a lot of time in bed, looking out his garden 🪴 window 🪟, Gaudi’s childhood was filled with joy 🤩 and wonder 💭.
Over the years, he became fascinated with nature’s curved lines, twisting shapes and rich colors. And he loved how every blade, leaf and flower 🌺 was unique when viewed up close.
This fascination with nature's endless, unique beauty inspired Gaudi's artistic vision.
And it was his mother’s 💕 love 💕 that gave Gaudi the strength 💪🏽 to heal and grow into one of the most respected and celebrated architects in the world 🌍.
Let us pay tribute today to Gaudi and his mother …and to all the mothers in the world who put tireless years of caring, strength and courage into raising their children.”

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10248 SE Nicole Loop
Happy Valley, OR
97086

Opening Hours

Monday 7:30am - 7:30pm
Tuesday 7:30am - 7:30pm
Wednesday 7:30am - 7:30pm
Thursday 7:30am - 7:30pm
Friday 7:30am - 7:30pm
Saturday 11am - 1pm

Telephone

+12489100315

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